Can I sue for my slip and fall at the casino?
5 attorney answers
I generally agree with the answers of my colleagues that this is a tough case because of the short time the pie was on the floor to give notice of the slip hazard. However, the casino may have negligently failed to use reasonable care in not placing skid mats in the area, given the possible knowledge of the continual dropping of food debris and knowledge that no amount of inspection and cleaning could rid the floor of all of it.
When someone slips or trips and falls at a person’s home, in a store, or on a sidewalk, one of the most common questions is: “Who’s responsiblePremises liability is the legal responsibility that property owners have for injuries that occur on their property due to slip and fall accidents. If a person slips, trips, or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition – such as a wet floor with no caution sign – the property owner may be fully responsible. In general, property owners are held accountable for falls that result from water, abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, or a hidden hazard, such as a gap or hole in the groundIn order for a property owner to be legally responsible for injuries suffered from slip and fall or trip and fall accidents, one of the following must be true:
The owner of the property (individual or business) or an employee must have caused the dangerous condition (such as a spill or other slippery or other hazardous surface).
The owner of the premises or an employee must have known about the dangerous condition but done nothing about it. An example of this would be a homeowner who fails to remove snow or ice from his or her property within a reasonable amount of time, and a visitor slips and falls.
The owner of the premises or an employee should have known about the dangerous condition. For example, a landlord who was notified several times about dangerous steps at one of his properties may be liable if tenants injured themselves, because landlords should regularly inspect their properties for unsafe conditions.
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I agree with my colleagues that 50 seconds is not enough time to put the casino on notice of a dangerous condition and for them to fix the problem.
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Tough case, due to the short time interval. Likely have to find some other theory of liability. Can you identify the person who dropped the pie? They could be liable. Depending upon why the pie was dropped, could lead to a theory of recovery. Too crowded, shouldnt have used a paper plate which wasnt strong enough to hold its shape, etc Talk to a local atty.
Unfortunately the pie was not on the ground long enough. In Nevada a business owner has a reasonable amount if time to discover hazards such as a fallen piece of pie and 50 seconds just is not long enough.
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