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.
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
- Non-Emergency Transfer Vehicles
- Special Services
- Airport Transfer and Scenic Tours, and more.
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.
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
- 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
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
- 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 &
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 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)
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
- 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
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
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.
- 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
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.