When you go on vacation, the last thing you expect to happen is to be injured and have to spend part of your vacation seeking and receiving medical care.
The reality is, you are always at risk of becoming injured.
Traveling with a friend, limiting your alcohol intake, and taking the time to familiarize yourself with your surroundings can play a role in reducing your chance of being injured while vacationing in Las Vegas, but you can never completely eliminate this risk.
If you are injured in an accident that you did not cause, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim.
Personal injury claims are claims made with the liable party's insurance provider that can result in monetary compensation for the expenses caused by your injury. Some of these expenses include: Medical bills, Lost wages due to time spent out of work, and Lifestyle adaptations for temporary or permanent disabilities.
If the casino where your injury occurs is somehow responsible for your injury, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against it.
Even if you were partially responsible for your injury, the casino may be required to pay for your damages if it is determined to hold 51% or more of the responsibility for your injury. This is known as the modified comparative fault (*1) rule, which states that if a party is responsible for more than half of an accident, it may be held liable for the damages. The receiving party's compensation amount may be altered in accordance with his or her contribution to the accident. If you choose to pursue a personal injury claim, discuss the possibility of being found partially responsible for your injury with your attorney before filing your claim.
Most Common Injuries You Might Face In a Las Vegas Casino:
The most common types of injury that Las Vegas casino patrons experience (*2) are slips and falls. Some common causes of slips and falls include: Wet floors, Poorly maintained walkways, Broken stairs, Broken or defective handrails, and Poorly lit areas in casinos and hotels. Poorly lit areas is a prominent contributor to slips and falls because low lighting is a key part of (*3). By keeping the lights to a dusky level, the casino can confuse patrons' sense of time, causing them to spend more time inside the casino. This has an unintended, dangerous side effect - hazards such as uneven stairs and torn carpets become much more difficult to see.
Shuttle Service Injuries
Most Las Vegas hotels offer free shuttle services to their patrons. Individuals can suffer from slips and falls boarding and disembarking from these shuttles as well as sustain injuries due to doors closing on them or poorly maintained seating. If a shuttle is involved in a collision, passengers can become injured.
Although security guards are in casinos and nightclubs for patrons' safety, they, too, can contribute to visitors' injuries. If a security guard injures you by handling you too roughly or fails to protect you from another patron's assault, the hotel may be liable for your injury.
Gambling floors generally have drink service available for patrons. If you suffer from an illness or injury because of a contaminated or incorrect beverage, the casino may be liable for your damages. Examples of this include if you are currently taking a blood thinner and request a nonalcoholic drink, then are served an alcoholic beverage that interferes with your medication.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
If you suffer from any type of injury, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention. Once you have a diagnosis and treatment plan, follow all of the doctor's instructions. It can be inconvenient to have to go through medical treatment while on vacation, but it is crucial that you do all you can to mitigate your damages. Failure to do so can negatively impact the amount of monetary compensation you may receive for your claim.
Receiving medical care shortly after being injured can also make the difference between an easy and a complicated recovery. Some injuries are not immediately obvious, but become more serious as they are left untreated. This is especially true of internal injuries. Do not risk your health by postponing your doctor visit - get yourself to a nearby hospital or emergency clinic as soon as you can following your injury.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
After you have received adequate medical attention for your injury, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. He or she will be able to determine whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim and if so, the party that is responsible for your injury. If you have a case, the next step is to file your claim against the casino's insurance provider. Be sure to do this within two years of your accident. This is Nevada's statute of limitations for personal injury claims (*4). Once two years have passed, you are no longer entitled to seek monetary compensation for your injury.
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