If I Slip and Fall in a Casino, Can I Sue?
Casinos are like oversized playgrounds for adults. The atmosphere is exciting and the entire purpose of a casino is to let go of responsibility and have as much fun as possible. While you are allowed to forgo your responsibilities, the casino owners and managers are not. If you suffer from a slip and fall injury in Las Vegas, you may be entitled to compensation for those injuries.
Accidents are not uncommon in casinos, especially due to the sheer volume of patrons that these casinos accept on a daily basis. Slip and falls are one of the more common accidents that occur inside casinos. They can happen in restaurants, entryways, gambling areas, hotel rooms, shuttle buses, swimming pools and even in the parking lots.
Premise Liability and the Casino
Casinos take on thousands of people each day. Because you are an invitee into the casino, the casino is liable for your safety. The law holds casino owners and managers responsible for any injuries that occur on their premise under premise liability laws. Owners are also held to a higher standard of care and they are obligated to uphold that standard anytime they invite individuals into their casino.
A casino must do everything “reasonably” possible to protect patrons and they must foresee and correct hazards to limit injuries. The law, however, is not as clear as to what “reasonable” means. While some instances of slip and fall injuries are obvious – and it is easy to prove that the casino was not reasonable – there are other instances where it may not be as clear. For example, if you slipped and fell on a spill in the entryway, you would need to determine how long that spill was present, if the casino was aware of the spill and if the casino owners had enough time to react and correct the hazard. If the spill happened only minutes before you arrived and fell, it may be difficult to prove that the casino was aware of the issue, let alone had time to fix it.
Casinos are required to regularly inspect their facility. Failure to inspect for potential safety hazards is considered negligent under the law. When a casino’s negligence breaches their standard duty of care to their patrons, the casino can then be held liable for the injuries and damages that occur. For example, the casino knew there was a tear in their carpeting that was a potential tripping hazard. But, they failed to correct it. Then, you trip over that tear and are seriously injured. Because the casino inspected and identified the hazard, but failed to correct it, they are liable for your injuries.
Filing Your Claim Requires the Assistance of an Attorney
If you have been injured in a slip, trip or fall at a casino here in Nevada, contact the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at De Castroverde Law Group. We are here to help you file your claim, but also to prove that the casino was acting negligently at the time you were injured. Schedule your consultation now at 702-222-9999 or fill out an online contact form with your questions.