Las Vegas Premises Liability Attorney
In the United States, all property is owned by someone, whether it is an individual, a corporation or other business, or a government entity. If the property is accessible to the public, the owner or operator has a responsibility to exercise reasonable care to protect the safety of those who are legally on the premises. This means maintaining the area in a reasonably safe and secure condition. What is reasonable depends to some degree on the type of property and the dangers inherent in the specific location. It might mean having a certified lifeguard on duty at a swimming pool that allows children access, private security in a mall where there is a history of criminal activity, or cameras monitoring a dark parking lot. In most cases, it means eliminating anything that could cause a trip and fall from walkways, although this would probably not apply to a hiking trail a national wilderness area, for example.
If you are on a property is injured because the owner or operator failed in the duty to maintain the area appropriately or provide appropriate security, you may be able to find the owner liable for your injuries and claim compensation for both your economic losses and your non-economic damages, those that don’t come with a price tag, but which affect the quality of your life.
Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
Falls cause more suffering and death than most people realize. These are some statistics pertaining to slip, trip, and fall accidents:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that falls cause around 8,000,000 non-fatal injuries and 24,000 fatalities annually in the U.S. Falls are the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries, which often result in death or permanent brain damage.
- More than 95 percent of all hip fractures are caused by falls (CDC).
- More people—around nine million the National Safety Council reports—go to hospital emergency rooms because of fall-related injuries than for injuries from traffic accidents.
Where Fall Hazards Occur
Las Vegas is home to a high concentration of hotels, casinos, nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, amusement and theme parks, and retail locations where visitors flock. Because of the large number of people who either live and work here or are passing through, it is particularly important that premises owners take every precaution to ensure their safety. This means being vigilant about keeping walkways clear of debris and obstacles, staircases equipped with handrails, restaurant areas free of spilled food and beverages, pavement and carpet level and in good repair. Maintenance personnel need to place barriers around floor areas being mopped or waxed until they are dry and safe to walk on. And because our desert environment requires irrigation systems for landscaping, property owners must see that sprinkler systems are water the grass and plant life, not the sidewalks, where a wet slippery pavement could cause a slip and fall.
Shopping malls, supermarkets, and big box stores are also places where spilled food, fallen merchandise, debris, slippery floors or pavement, or irregular surfaces, broken curbs, and potholes in driveways parking lots can cause falls.
Even private homeowners can be held liable for injuries to guests who are injured due to poor maintenance of the home, through their homeowner’s insurance policy.
Types of Injuries Caused by Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
Las Vegas personal injury attorney Eric Woods knows that fall accident injuries can put you out of commission for months, can sometimes permanently damage your life, and may even be a cause of death. Eric has a 30-year-long record of success in winning compensation awards for victims of all accidents, including serious trip and fall injuries who have suffered these and other injuries:
- spinal cord injuries
- brain damage
- neck and back injuries
- fractured bones
- broken hip
- internal organ injuries
- facial injuries
- chronic pain
Violent crimes occur everywhere, more than we like to acknowledge. Las Vegas is no exception. The safety of our city’s guests and residents is of paramount importance and a legal duty of premises owners, who have a responsibility to keep their property free of criminal activity that could cause injury or death.
That means every individual, company, or government entity owning property accessible to the public must have appropriate security measures in place to prevent crimes like assault and battery, armed robbery, rape, abduction, or homicide. What constitutes appropriate security varies according to the type of premises, but may include careful screening of employees for criminal background, hiring private security guards, installing security cameras, locking windows, installing gates and security personnel at entrances, and installing bright lighting in areas such as parking garages and lots, stairwells, elevators, and restroom facilities.
If you are a victim of violent crime, or if someone in your family is killed during the commission of a crime, you may be entitled to recover damages in a premises liability action against the owner, operator, or other party responsible for the security of the venue. To succeed in obtaining an appropriate compensation award, you will need to hire a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer with a demonstrable track record in premises cases, such as attorney Eric Woods, who has successfully handled these and other injury claims in Nevada for more than 30 years.
When you are in these places, you have the right to expect that the owner will live up to the responsibility to provide a reasonably safe environment; and the responsibility for security is even greater if there is a history of criminal activity in the area.
Swimming Pool Accidents: Drownings, Near Drownings, and Diving Accidents
With Nevada’s scorching desert summers, many homeowners and virtually all hotels have swimming pools. A dip in the pool is a great pleasure on a hot desert day, but if the property owner has been negligent in keeping the pool area safe, and a diving accident, drowning, or near drowning (which often causes permanent brain damage) occurs, the victim or family may hold that party liable for damages.
Children and adolescents are especially at risk. Many most swimming pool liability cases arise from failing to safeguard children around a pool. Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death of children under 14. Diving accidents, which frequently cause death or paralysis, are also a danger to children and adolescents. These tragic accidents occur primarily because owners fail to make pools inaccessible to unsupervised children by means of fencing and locks, or fail to provide lifeguards.
Fires and Explosions
Fires and explosions can be a danger in hotels, apartment buildings, and the workplace, and are a type of premises accident that can result in death, horrific burns, or respiratory distress from smoke inhalation. Possible causes of fires include:
- Gas leaks or defective valves
- Faulty wiring
- Out-of-control kitchen fires
- Workplace and industrial incidents
- Defective electrical products and appliances
To prevent injuries from fires, property owners need to ensure that their buildings comply with fire codes and are free from flammable substances. Restaurant and hotel kitchens should have working fire extinguishers, and owners or operators of the premises must provide and maintain accessible escape routes, making sure that windows and doors are unobstructed and sprinkler systems are in good repair.
Any failure to provide appropriate fire safety and prevention measures can be deemed negligence in a premises liability action, and injured victims may be able to recover compensation for their damages with the help of a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney.
Protect Your Right to a Recovery: Get the Experienced Legal Assistance You Need Now!
Victims of Nevada premises accidents and injuries due to negligent security should act promptly. Nevada limits the amount of time you have to file a claim. In order to secure your right to recover money for your damages, call personal injury attorney Eric Woods today at (702) 737-0000 to arrange a free consultation. You won’t pay an upfront retainer fee and you will owe neither fees nor expenses unless Eric obtains a monetary award for you, so call today.