Slips and falls are dangerous and can happen anywhere in a hotel and casino.
A term used to describe when a person slipped, fell, tripped, or staggered on another person’s property, a “slip and fall” can cause major injuries, including spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and traumatic brain injuries.
The owners are responsible for the safety of all guests who visit their properties.
Unfortunately, some of them are negligent and ignore safety hazards.
They might know about a problem but fail to do something about it.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
The simple answer is yes, don’t attempt to fight the casino / hotel insurance companies alone.
The next step you should take is to call an experienced slip and fall accident lawyer like those in the Avrek Law Firm.
After listening to your initial account of the incident, our attorneys can advise you about the strength of your claim and your chances of getting compensation.
If you have a strong case, our firm will begin to work for you based on contingency fees (we don’t get paid unless we win your case), taking all necessary steps to proceed with your claim.
What is My Accident Claim Worth?
The worth of a claim is different in each case and will always vary.
It is almost impossible to accurately predict the value of your case before you talk to a professional attorney specialized in slip and fall accidents.
The value of your case depends on a number of factors, including:
- How the accident happened
- The degree of fault shared among the participants in the accident
- The nature, degree, and severity of the lesions
- Did you seek medical care
- Your lifestyle, interests, hobbies, and activities before and after the accident
- Your ability to work before and after the accident
- Your medical history: any prior problem in the same area of the body
Main Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Hotels and Casinos
Some common examples of the causes of slip and fall accidents that could have been avoided if a landowner had acted with caution and concern are the following:
- Insufficient lighting
- Cracks or stairs falling apart
- Floors and uneven walkways
- Wet and slippery floors
- Failure to repair unsafe conditions
- Failure to notify guests and visitors
Some of the unsafe conditions may be direct violations of health and safety codes.
In order to determine the negligence involved in the accident, it is recommended to take your case to the attention of a legal professional as soon as possible after it occurs so that the conditions can be investigated before owners have the chance of making any changes.
Common Injuries From Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents have the potential to lead to serious injuries to the head, neck, and back, not to mention sprains or bone fractures.
If you have been injured in a fall due to a property owner’s negligence in keeping their floors clean and safe, you should consider fighting for compensation for your injuries.
Depending on the circumstances of your case and the place where the accident occurred, a personal injury claim may be filed under the premises liability law.
According to the same, a landlord, owner of the property, or a business responsible for the safety and health of its guests, can be held responsible for the injuries and illnesses that occur on their property.
In order for the premise liability to apply in cases of slips and falls, three essential elements must be fulfilled:
- The defendant is the owner of the property or establishment
- The victim was a guest: a customer, visitor, or tenant of the premises
- There must be negligence or some other illegal act
The owners are required to keep their facilities free from all preventable damage.
They should also make reasonable efforts to advise guests of unsafe conditions, including any situation that could cause a person to slip, trip, or fall.
What To Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?
Assuming that you are not incapacitated or unconscious after your injury, try to report the accident to a responsible party before leaving the premises.
For example, if you are in a casino or a hotel, ask for the manager.
If you are on public property, try calling the city or town hall on the same day to report the incident.
Talk to witnesses if there are any, get their contact info so you can reach them later on.
Remember, if you do not report your accident quickly, this could cast doubt on the legitimacy of your injury, especially if there are no independent witnesses.
The first step is usually to send a notification letter to the owner of the property and/ or their insurance company.
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