Las Vegas Casino Accident Attorneys
Las Vegas is known around the world for its incredible hotels and casinos. However, these hotels and casinos are singularly focused on keeping their gaming revenues high. In order to do so, they attract guests with the prospect of a Vegas type experience, promoting alcohol, entertainment, and nightlife. With all of the focus on guest fun and excitement, guest safety is often neglected. Unfortunately, this leaves many Las Vegas locals and tourists who visit the casinos & hotels seeking a fun experience with serious and sometimes life altering injuries.
Common Types of Hotel and Casino Related Accidents
Due to the large variety of entertainment and amenity options in Las Vegas, the facts and circumstances of hotel and casino-related incidents can vary greatly and so can the resulting injuries. While many casino-related accidents result in minor injuries, many others result in serious injuries, such as brain and spine injuries, permanently altering the victim’s life. Unfortunately, many other individuals hurt or injured in a hotel or casino-related accident die of their injuries. While the facts and circumstances surrounding each hotel or casino-related accident can vary greatly, many could be put into one or more of the following categories:
- Slip and falls
- Pool Accidents
- Spa Related Accidents
- Accidents at entertainment events, concerts
- Food Poisoning and Foreign Objects in Food
- Scalding Water, Appliance, and Chemical Burns
- Elevator and Escalator Malfunction Accidents
- Hotel Room Shower Falls
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Car Accidents on Casino Property
- Shuttle Bus Accidents
- Assault by Other Visitors
- Falls Due to a Defective or Broken Chair
- Trip and falls
- Umbrella Related Accidents
- Assault by Security Personnel
- False Imprisonment by Security Personnel
- Accidents resulting from excessive intoxication
In general, the hotel and casino may be responsible for any injury or trauma that is caused, at least in part, by their negligence.
What to do if you were hurt in a hotel or
Notify the Hotel or Casino’s Employees
If you or someone you know was hurt in a Las Vegas hotel or casino-related accident, report the accident to hotel security or another employee as soon as possible. They can request medical assistance and prepare a report. They can also obtain additional information and evidence, such as statements from witnesses. Reporting the accident also puts them on notice to preserve any security footage of the accident.
Collect any potential evidence at the time of the injury
While reporting the incident is important, it is also important that you, or someone you are with, document what happened to the greatest extent possible. The hotel and its staff, while helpful, are often looking out for the hotel’s best interest. So, any evidence you can collect may go a long way to proving the hotel and casino was responsible for your injuries.
Request Medical Assistance
It is also very important to request medical assistance if you may have been injured. Often, injuries that result from these types of incidents can be tough to detect by the victim in the moments right after the accident. This is often due, in part, to the confusion and adrenaline that typically follow such an incident and, if the incident was in a public area, as a result of the corresponding embarrassment. This leads some people to decline all medical assistance and others to decline transportation to an emergency room. Some guests turn down an ambulance out of fear that they will get hit with a large bill. However, if the casino is liable for your accident, the cost of the emergency care can be recovered as damages in your claim against them. Also, and more importantly, obtaining the proper medical treatment as soon as possible can be critical to your health, your recovery, and your claim. A medical professional can diagnose the extent and severity of your injuries and proscribe the necessary and proper treatment, allowing you to recover faster and reduce the likelihood of possible complications in the future.
Document any Sustained Injuries
In addition to filing a report and getting immediate medical care, you should also take pictures of any injuries you sustained as well as pictures of the surrounding area of where you were injured and the thing that caused your injury. Be sure to take pictures at various angles to capture as many details as possible of the circumstances and surrounding scene. These pictures can be critical to establishing the casino’s wrongdoing later on.
If you were hurt due to a trip or slip and fall, it is also important that you keep and store the shoes you were wearing when the accident occurred. Lawyers for the property’s insurance company will most likely ask to inspect them down the line, should you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Call or come by and speak with one of SJW’s injury attorneys now for assistance with your casino incident-related claim.
When Are the Hotels and Casinos
Responsible for Your Injuries?
Las Vegas hotels and casinos, like all property owners in Nevada, must take reasonable steps to prevent injuries to their guests. This is called the duty of reasonable care and, under Nevada law, landowners owe a duty of reasonable care to the people on their property. In Nevada, the duty of reasonable care places an obligation on business, including hotels and casinos, to take reasonable steps needed to keep their property safe and to protect their guests from foreseeable injuries.
If a hotel or casino fails to take reasonable steps to keep their property safe, they have breached the duty owed to their guests. If a guest is hurt as a result of that failure, the hotel and casino could be liable for any resulting injuries.
In addition to the standard of reasonable care that applies to all property owners alike, Nevada hotels also have an obligation to protect guests from harm by third parties (like other guests) in certain circumstances.
Under NRS Chapter 651, Nevada’s innkeeper liability law, Las Vegas hotels are obligated to exercise due care to protect people on their property from harm by third parties where the harmful act by the third party is foreseeable. Under NRS Chapter 651, this obligation extends to anyone anywhere on the hotels property, including “all buildings, improvements, equipment and facilities, including any parking lot, recreational facility or other land, used or maintained in connection with a hotel, inn, motel, motor court, boardinghouse or lodging house. So, as an example, if a Las Vegas hotel knows there is a history of people being mugged in a dark corner of their parking lot, the hotel must take reasonable steps to prevent it from happening in the future. If they fail to do so, they could be responsible for the injuries to the next victim.
If you or someone you know was injured at a Las Vegas hotel or Casino, call or come by and speak with SJW Injury Attorneys today. One of our Injury Lawyers will happily sit down with you to go over your questions. Even if you decide you do not need a lawyer at this time, we will answer any questions you have on what to do next.