Injured in Vegas

Injured in Vegas?

Representation for Those Injured on Vacation

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, nearly 40 million people visit Las Vegas every year. Another 2 million visit Laughlin and nearly 1 million visit Mesquite annually. While many people visit Las Vegas without incident, there are some who unfortunately suffer injuries as a result of poorly maintained or designed spaces and other dangerous conditions. For nearly 20 years, we have represented these visitors who were wrongfully injured because of casinos, business owners and negligent drivers.

Visitors who are injured in Las Vegas should retain a Las Vegas law firm. Do not make the mistake of hiring an out-of-state lawyer for a Nevada case. We know the ins and outs of this city, and have the experience you need to handle your Las Vegas injury claim. If you have already retained an attorney outside the state of Nevada, we can work with that attorney to resolve your claim.

Passenger Carriers & Transportation Services

Most of the nearly 40 million visitors to Las Vegas arrive here without a vehicle, so they have to rely on other forms of transportation. These large and extremely profitable transportation services can be held accountable if they or their drivers fail to operate safely.

taxi accident

If you were injured in an accident in Las Vegas by a taxi, limousine, bus, or executive car, you have a claim that should be handled by our Las Vegas law firm. We have represented thousands of people injured by negligent drivers, and our lawyers understand that there are special rules and laws that apply in these instances.

To begin with, many of these types of services are regulated by the Nevada Transportation Authority (NTA). The NTA requires that these carriers possess adequate insurance and ensures that annual vehicle safety inspections are performed. The failure of a carrier to abide by the NTA's regulations could provide grounds for liability.

With regard to taxicabs inside Clark County (which includes the City of Las Vegas), they are monitored by the Nevada Taxicab Authority (NTA). The NTA has its own compliance mechanisms, which provide additional support for claims against negligent drivers and their employers.

If you have been injured in an accident involving these types of vehicles, it is imperative that you retain a law firm that is knowledgeable regarding how these carriers function and supervised. Within their respective scopes, these agencies enforce applicable provisions of the Municipal Code, Clark County Code, Nevada Revised States and the Nevada Administrative Code.

Under Nevada Law, it is also interesting to note that these entities are considered to be "Common Motor Carriers." See NRS 706.041. This classification resulted in a heightened standard of car to passengers, making it easier for claimants to establish negligence. Once again, this analysis is State-specific, and requires that the attorney representing you be knowledgeable about Nevada Law. See Groomes v. Fox, 96 Nev. 457 (1980).

We represent claimants injured in the following types of vehicle accidents

  • Charter Limousine
  • Charter Bus
  • Taxicabs
  • Non-Emergency Transfer Vehicles
  • Special Services
  • Airport Transfer and Scenic Tours, and more.

Valet Accidents

Over the years, we have observed that a surprising number of people are regularly injured by the valet workers that are simply not paying attention to their work. Some examples include:

  • A valet worker hastily closes or slides a door on a hotel patron before he/she is completely inside or outside the vehicle.
  • A valet worker negligently strikes a pedestrian in front of a hotel.
  • The valet service fails to safely manage traffic in front of the hotel, causing an otherwise avoidable accident.

If your Las Vegas accident involved a valet employee, contact Shook & Stone to handle your claim.

Rental Cars

Many individuals who visit Las Vegas utilize rental vehicles. Many of our visitor claims involve these types of vehicles. These cases are unique, and require a specialized knowledge of both the rental car industry as well as auto accident/insurance cases. Some laws that may apply to your case include:

  • In Nevada, rental car companies are required to insure vehicles "in limits of not less than $15,000 for any one person injured or killed and $30,000 for any number more than one, injured or killed in any one accident, and against liability of the short-term lessee for property damage in the limit of not less than $10,000 for one accident. . ." See NRS 482.305. This statutory requirement, which is referred to as "Self-Insurance" exists regardless of whether the driver possessed other coverage.
  • A rental car company will be held Jointly and Severally liable with the driver of one of its vehicles if it fails to cover the vehicle as previously described. See NRS 482.305.
  • Damage Waivers may not be enforceable if the rental car company used the wrong form, and the company may not require that a customer purchase a damage waiver.
  • Rental car companies must provide written notice that their insurance does not cover passengers. See NRS 482.305.

The failure to understand the subtleties of Nevada Law in this area could cause injured parties to unwittingly "leave money on the table." If your Las Vegas accident involved a rental vehicle, contact Shook & Stone immediately.

Pedestrian Accidents

pedestrian accident

Most visitors to the Las Vegas strip choose walking as their primary mode of transportation, since many attractions are so close together. Although the city of Las Vegas has made efforts to improve pedestrian walkways and enhance safety, accidents still happen. We represent pedestrians who are injured:

-At crosswalks
-At casino entrances or exits
-In parking lots
-In casino or restaurant valets

Pedestrian accidents are typically serious and sometimes fatal. Call Shook & Stone to discuss your injury or wrongful death claim.

Trip & Fall and Slip & Fall Claims (Premises Liability)

slip and fall

The most common injury claims among visitors to Las Vegas are trip and fall or slip and fall claim. Most of the time, these claims originate on casino property. In Nevada, casino owners and other property owners/managers have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe and free from unnecessary hazards so that guests/invitees and licensees are not injured.

This is known as the duty of ordinary care. If a premises owner has allowed a property hazard to exist or persist, then they are responsible for the resulting injuries. Liability can arise when the casino has created a dangerous condition, failed to identify and remedy a dangerous condition, or failed to warn patrons of dangerous conditions.

Here are some common examples of defects or conditions giving rise to Premises Liability claims:

  • Flooring defects, such as a pot hole, elevation change, or crack
  • Liquid or food spills that have not been cleaned up for an extended period
  • Holes that have not been covered or marked
  • Structural defects
  • Repair or maintenance areas that are not sufficiently marked

Premises liability claims often require establishing that the casino/premises owner knew about a dangerous condition on their property or should have known about the hazard prior to the incident. The plaintiff must also effectively establish that the condition on said property was unreasonably dangerous and posed a threat of injury to the public. Trial defects will not result in liability.

If you or a loved one was involved in this type of accident, contact Shook & Stone immediately. We work quickly to preserve evidence so that we can build a strong case against the casino or premises owner. We will also make sure that the premises owner does not tamper with or otherwise modify the hazardous condition until it has been property inspected and documented for your case. Our lawyers have a comprehensive knowledge of applicable building codes, OSHA codes and standards of care necessary to build a strong slip and fall claim.

Food Poisoning and Food Related Strict Product Liability

food poisoning

Nevada restaurants and casino-run restaurants/buffets are held strictly liable for food-related injuries people sustain after consuming their food and drinks. Contaminated food, food poisoning and other food-related illnesses can result in an injury claim against the eating establishment.

If you ate food that was:

  • Diseased or tainted with dangerous organisms. The most common diseases are caused by bacteria such as Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, E. Coli, Listeria and botulism.
  • Undercooked
  • Riddled with foreign bodies such as glass, metal and plastic. If ingested, these particles can cause serious damage to the mouth or digestive system.
  • Improperly manufactured or processed

you may begin to experience symptoms within two to six hours.

If you believe you got food poisoning from a Las Vegas restaurant or casino, it is important to take action immediately, as you need to preserve valuable evidence. If you got food poisoning, we suggest you go to the hospital. Not only is this important for your health, a confirmed diagnosis of food poisoning or food-related illness can serve as valuable evidence in your injury claim.

Restaurants usually attempt to claim that the injured party had the condition prior to entering their eating establishment or that the injured party tampered with the item which resulted in the food-related injury. At Shook & Stone, we fight for food poisoning victims by showing that the eating establishment was responsible.

Retaining a Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney

Shook & Stone is your premier choice if you or a loved one was injured while visiting Las Vegas. As a Las Vegas law firm, we know the nuances and specific issues involved in casino, pedestrian and other types of accidents specific to this city. We are also extremely well-versed in Nevada law and know how to build a strong case for accident victims.

Injured in Vegas? Don't choose an out-of-state law firm.

Contact Shook & Stone today to discuss your case in a free initial consultation. Let us tell you how our experienced accident attorneys can help with your case.

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