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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in the United States Department of Labor (DOL) reports that there were 850 fatal fall, slip, or trip occupational injuries in a recent year, which included 145 falls on the same level, 680 falls to lower levels, 51 falls from collapsing structures or equipment, and 77 falls through surfaces or existing openings.

The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show over one in four older adults report a fall each year, and 36,508 older adults 65 years of age and older died from preventable falls in one year, with more than 2.8 million people being treated in emergency departments and older adult fall deaths increasing 59 percent over the past 10 years as well as emergency department visits increasing 19 percent.

The slip and fall accident is, without a doubt, the most common kind of premises liability claim that people file, and every person needs to understand that negligent parties in these cases are rarely willing to admit when they were wrong. In many cases, a negligent party will refuse to compensate a person and instead claim that an individual is to blame for their own injuries.

You need to hire an experienced Las Vegas slip and fall lawyer without delay when you suffer injuries in any slip and fall accident. Cloward Trial Lawyers is ready to help.

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents often involve some kind of hazardous condition causing a person to fall. Some of the most common examples of causes of slip and fall accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Bright light reflecting on a shiny floor causes a glare
  • Broken and uneven sidewalks
  • Broken or missing steps
  • Building structure or conditions
  • Cluttered walkways
  • Collisions with objects
  • Collisions with people
  • Cords that run across walkways
  • Damaged supportive handrails and banisters
  • Defective sidewalks
  • Exposed wiring or other tripping hazards
  • Failure to promptly clean up spills
  • Freshly waxed or mopped surfaces
  • Ice that is not salted
  • Icy or slippery stairs
  • Improper floor maintenance
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Inclement weather
  • Lack of handrails
  • Loose floorboards
  • Loose or bulging carpeting
  • Loose mats or rugs
  • Moisture collection
  • Open desk or cabinet drawers
  • Poorly constructed staircases
  • Potholes or cracks
  • Snow and ice accumulation on walkways
  • Spillages of food or liquids
  • Splashed grease or oil that is not removed
  • Staircases without handrails
  • Trash or debris on the floor
  • Uneven flooring or sidewalks
  • Uneven surfaces with no warning signs
  • Unfastened cords and wires
  • Unstable climbing equipment
  • Wet surfaces
  • Worn out carpeting

Some of the most common locations these accidents may occur can include:

  • Amusement parks such as the Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas, Magical Forest at Opportunity Village, and Cowabunga Vegas Waterparks
  • Apartment buildings such as Citrus Apartments, Bacaro at South Shores Apartment Homes, and Vista Del Rey Apartments
  • Bars such as the Downtown Cocktail Room, the Laundry Room, and Frankie’s Tiki Room
  • Escalators and elevators
  • Gas stations such as Chevron, ARCO, and Vons
  • Grocery stores such as Sprouts Farmers Market, Albertsons, and Vons
  • Nursing homes such as Life Care Center of Las Vegas, Silver Hills Health Care Center, and the Heights of Summerlin
  • Parking garages such as the Lewis Street Garage, Fremont Street Parking Garage, and City Hall Garage
  • Restaurants such as Carson Kitchen, Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge, and Honey Salt
  • Shopping malls such as Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, Forum Shops at Caesars, and Miracle Mile Shops
  • Sporting event venues such as Allegiant Stadium, T-Mobile Arena, and Las Vegas Ballpark
  • Swimming pools such as Municipal Pool, Stadium Swim, and Pavilion Center Pool
  • Theaters such as Regal Red Rock, Regal Cinebarre Palace Station, and AMC Rainbow Promenade 10

Common Kinds of Slip and Fall Injuries

Some people involved in slip and fall accidents may be able to get back to their feet and go about their day without any other issues aside from momentary embarrassment. In many other cases, however, people will suffer serious injuries because of their falls.

A slip and fall accident could be further complicated by a person falling into another object that worsens their injuries. People can suffer a wide range of possible injuries in these cases that can include, but are not limited to:

  • Facial injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Concussions
  • Crush injuries
  • Closed head injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Leg injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Arm injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Skull fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Permanent nerve injuries
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis
  • Severe burn injuries
  • Wrongful death
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Possible Damages in a Slip and Fall Case

When a person suffers injuries in a slip and fall accident, they can be entitled to financial compensation, better known as damages. Compensatory damages are supposed to restore people to their original conditions or as close thereto, and damages are usually divided into economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are losses that involve objectively verifiable elements. Some of the most common kinds of economic damages include:

  • Medical treatment costs
  • Ambulance transportation costs
  • Hospitalization costs
  • Nursing care costs
  • Follow-up medical care costs
  • Property damage
  • Medication costs
  • Lost wages

Noneconomic damages are non-quantifiable losses that cannot be measured. Frequent types of noneconomic damages include:

  • Loss of bodily functions
  • Mental trauma (depression, anxiety, flashbacks)
  • Emotional distress
  • Permanent disability
  • Physical pain
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Reputation and humiliation damages

Wrongful death cases can involve certain kinds of additional damages, such as:

  • Reasonable funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical expenses resulting from a deceased person’s final injury
  • Lost wages and benefits a deceased person would have been able to earn if they had lived
  • Loss of companionship, comfort, care, and affection of the deceased person
  • Survivors’ grief or sorrow
  • Pain, suffering, or disfigurement the deceased experienced before death

Punitive damages or exemplary damages are another kind of damages that are awarded far less frequently. These damages are limited under NRS § 42.005 to cases in which a negligent party engaged in oppression, fraud, or malice.

Under NRS § 42.005, punitive damages cannot be more than three times the amount of compensatory damages awarded to a person if the amount of compensatory damages is $100,000 or more, or $300,000 when the amount of compensatory damages awarded to a person is less than $100,000. There is no limit on punitive damages when a case involves an insurer who acted in bad faith regarding their obligations to provide insurance coverage or damages, or injuries were caused by the emission, disposal, or spilling of toxic, radioactive, or hazardous material or waste.

Contact Our Las Vegas Slip and Fall Lawyers Today

If you suffered catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in a slip and fall accident anywhere in the Las Vegas area, you are going to need to be sure that you have legal representation as soon as possible. The team at Cloward Trial Lawyers handles these cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have to pay anything for us to handle your case, and we will only be paid if we win or settle your case.

Our firm boasts a 99 percent success rate in the cases we handle, with more than $200 million recovered for our clients. You may call (702) 605-5000 or contact our Las Vegas slip and fall attorneys online to receive a free consultation.

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Answers to your most commonly asked questions

At Cloward Trial Lawyers, we can address all of your legal questions and concerns and advocate for you every step of the way. What follows are the answers to some common questions that arise in the wake of your injury.

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A slip and fall action is generally difficult for the average person to handle on their own because most negligent parties will not admit to any kind of wrongdoing. In many cases, the liable parties instead blame victims for their own injuries and claim accidents were the result of their own negligence.

Insurance companies representing negligent parties in these cases frequently try to quickly settle cases by offering people lump-sum settlements, but you need to know that such offers are usually lowball amounts nowhere near what people are actually entitled to. You should avoid speaking to any insurance company until you have legal representation.

It is important for a victim to work with an experienced Las Vegas slip and fall lawyer because they will be able to conduct their own independent investigation into an accident and secure all of the evidence necessary to prove another party was at fault for the accident. Many insurers try very hard to settle these cases because they do not want to have to pay the extreme costs involved in taking a case all the way to trial.

There are cases in which a lawyer could have to file a lawsuit when settlement negotiations stall or are otherwise unproductive. A slip and fall case rarely makes it all the way to trial, but there can be a limited number of cases that will actually go all the way to the courtroom.

Should a slip and fall case actually go to trial, then a victim will have to prove all of the following:

  • Duty of care — A property owner has a duty to either their invitees or licensees to ensure that the property was free from any dangerous or hazardous condition or at least warn people of possible dangers.
  • Breach of duty — The property owner failed to warn invitees or licensees of hazardous conditions and did not keep the premises safe.
  • Causation — A dangerous or hazardous caused the victim to slip and fall and suffer injuries.
  • Damages — A victim has suffered physical, emotional, or financial harm because of the slip and fall accident.

Anyone injured should retain legal counsel who can argue for for proper damages.

When a person is involved in a slip and fall accident, there can be a lot of confusion about what they should do next. There are certain steps that are recommended in most cases, and these involve:

  • Seek medical attention — Any person who falls should immediately go to a hospital for treatment of their injuries. People who do believe they were hurt should also seek medical attention because many injuries have delayed symptoms, and people need to understand that delaying care can often lead to insurance companies being less likely to pay for anything. When you receive medical attention, you will create a medical record that will be central to your case.
  • Report the accident — When a fall occurs in a place of business, make sure a manager is notified about your fall. Ask for a copy of the report when possible. If police officers respond to your accident, ask for a copy of the police report.
  • Preserve evidence — You should take several photographs or videos of the entire accident scene and make sure to get pictures from different angles and distances. It will be important to take pictures of a particular hazard before it is corrected and the evidence disappears.
  • Save your clothes — Do not wash or clean any of the clothes you were wearing, as they could contain important evidence in your case. Dirt or blood, for example, could be very important.
  • Stay off social media — A lot of people involved in slip and falls will see no harm in telling their friends and family about the accidents, but you need to understand that sharing anything on social media carries major risks because virtually all insurance companies examine social media profiles while investigating cases. Certain things a person says can be used against them in court, so it is best to avoid social media altogether.
  • Call a lawyer — You will want to find yourself a Las Vegas slip and fall lawyer without any delay. Although the statute of limitations (time limit) in Nevada is two years, much of the evidence in a slip and fall case will be incredibly time-sensitive. A person needs to give an attorney as much time as possible to adequately investigate their case and prepare all of the legal paperwork.

This is an incredibly common question that never has a solid answer. This is because the value of a person’s case is constantly changing as they continue to amass medical bills, lost wages, and other kinds of economic damages. There is rarely any kind of satisfactory answer to this question for most people, but any person should be concerned if a lawyer does state some specific amount.

Nevada uses a modified comparative negligence standard in determining liability in slip and fall cases, meaning that a person can be partially responsible for a slip and fall accident, but they will not be able to file a legal action if they were more than 50 percent responsible. In all cases, the amount of compensation a person receives will be reduced by the percentage of responsibility they bear.

Comparative negligence is a common defense by insurance companies in slip and fall cases because they often want to pin more of the blame on the person who fell than the person responsible for the property. A person’s award will ultimately be reduced by their percentage of negligence in connection with an accident, so a person who is awarded $100,000 in a slip and fall accident that they are found to have been 40 percent responsible for will have their award reduced by $40,000 and ultimately receive $60,000.

When it comes to slip and fall claims, a person’s status as a visitor can play a major role in whether they can recover compensation. A licensee is a person who is on the property by invitation from the owner, an invitee is a person who is on the property for the financial benefit of the owner, and a trespasser is a person who is not legally on the property. Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) § 207.200 establishes that trespassing is a misdemeanor offense, and property owners do not owe the same duty of care to trespassers as they do to other types of guests.

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