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Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip-and-fall accidents are a common focus of premises liability cases. While these accidents often result in only minor bruises or scrapes, they can sometimes result in severe injuries that are accompanied by extensive medical bills.

If you suffered a severe injury in a slip-and-fall accident that was the result of negligently maintained property or inadequate warning of potential hazards, the Las Vegas premises liability lawyers at Lloyd Baker Attorneys may be able to help you recover financial compensation for related medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Loss of limb injuries

Slip-and-fall accidents can occur in a wide range of settings including:

  • Commercial properties, such as shopping centers and movie theaters
  • Public properties, such as government buildings and parks
  • Private residences
  • Construction zones

Likewise, there are a number of circumstances that can lead to slip-and-fall accidents including:

  • Inadequate warnings of potential hazards
  • Broken stairways
  • Damaged sidewalks/walkways
  • Uncleared snow or ice, or otherwise slippery walkways
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Missing or damaged handrails/guardrails

If you believe your slip-and-fall injury was caused by inadequately maintained property, please contact Lloyd Baker Attorneys for your free case consultation. Our Las Vegas premises liability attorneys are ready to hear your story and provide you with the personal attention you deserve. We value lifelong clients, if you have been injured in an accident we want to be the one firm you call.

Slip and Fall Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Know Whether I Have a Legitimate Claim?

No two cases are identical, but insurance companies and defense attorneys typically examine a variety of factors when deciding the appropriateness of a settlement or judgment.

  • Why were you on the property? If you were trespassing on the property, in the process of committing a crime, attempting to commit a crime, or fleeing after committing a crime, it may be difficult or impossible to prove that you have a valid claim. On the other hand, if you were invited to be on the property, the situation changes. A store that is open to the public, a restaurant, a civic building, a theater and a hotel are just some of the properties that could be construed as having issued an implied invitation. A company who calls you and asks you to come in for an interview could be an example of an explicit invitation.
  • What condition caused you to slip and fall? A wet floor, a hidden step or a highly polished floor could lead to a slip and fall accident.
  • How long had the condition existed prior to your fall? Suppose a customer drops a jar of pickles in a grocery store, resulting in broken glass and liquid all over the floor of the aisle. The customer rushes to find an employee to clean up the mess, but before she can return, you enter the aisle, fail to see the hazard, and slip and fall. The time frame was extremely brief, so this could be a point in the defendant’s favor. Now suppose that the dropped jar happened 30 minutes prior to your slip and fall. It could be assumed that the time was more than adequate for the hazard to be spotted and addressed. This brings us to the next question.
  • Did the owner or manager of the property know about the hazard, or should he have known about it? If the customer notified the manager about the broken jar of pickles, the manager had a responsibility to see that the situation was remedied promptly. Suppose that the customer did not notify anyone about the mess, but the manager heard the shattering of glass. He should have known that a potential hazard existed and taken action.
  • Were proper warnings in place? You enter a store with highly polished floors that an employee has just mopped. However, the employee did not put out any signs or cones warning that the floor was wet and slippery. The lack of any type of warning could strengthen your case if you slip, fall and suffer an injury.
If I Am Injured at Work, Do I Have a Claim?

That is a difficult question to answer. In most cases, workplace injuries are handled as workers’ compensation claims. However, if your employer does not carry workers’ comp insurance, it might be possible. It may also be possible if you were working as contract labor rather than as an employee. This is an issue that you would need to discuss with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Personal injury laws allow plaintiffs to recover both monetary losses and intangible damages. The nature of your injury, its impact on your life and an assortment of other factors will determine your potential recovery. However, here are a few types of damages that you might be eligible to recover.

  • Your medical costs that are directly related to your slip and fall accident are considered monetary damages. These can include expenses for transportation by ambulance, emergency room care, in-patient hospital care, occupational therapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation.
  • If your injury is likely to result in future medical expenses, you may be awarded a monetary amount to offset these costs.
  • You can recover monetary damages to offset your lost income and your future lost income.
  • You could receive monetary awards for intangible damages, which are damages you suffered that cannot be quantified. Examples of intangible damages include your pain and suffering, psychological distress or emotional suffering.
  • You may be eligible to recover the money you had to spend to care for yourself, your home or your family. For example, if your injury is such that you cannot care for your child, prepare your meals, dress yourself, or clean your house, you might be able to recover the costs of in-home child care, a home health aide or a cleaning service.
  • If the property owner or manager displayed gross negligence or reckless behavior, you may be eligible for punitive damages.
What Should I Do Following a Slip and Fall Accident?

A slip and fall accident can be costly and painful, so the last thing you want to do is take any actions that might potentially undermine your claim.

  • Seek medical attention immediately, even if you are not sure that you have been seriously injured. It is not uncommon for symptoms of a severe injury to fail to manifest for days, weeks or even months.
  • If possible, take photos and preserve any physical evidence that can help you prove that the business was negligent and liable.
  • Report the incident to the owner or manager of the property, and make sure that he or she creates an incident report. Be sure to ask them to preserve any recordings of your accident.
  • You will want photos of your injuries that you suffered from the accident. If you cannot take them yourself, ask a trusted friend or family member to take them for you.
  • If people witnessed your accident, get their names, addresses and phone numbers.
  • Never sign any forms, make any statements, or accept any type of restitution until you have consulted an experienced personal injury lawyer.

At Powerhouse Injury Attorneys, we want to help you deal with the aftermath of a slip and fall accident. We are experienced attorneys who focus on personal injury law. Although no one can guarantee the outcome of any particular case, we have helped many clients secure settlements and judgments. Contact us through our website or by calling 702-444-2222 to request a free case consultation.

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