Slips and falls are some of the most common injury-causing accidents related to premises liability laws. When a business or property owner fails to provide safe conditions free from preventable harm, victims who were injured due to the owner’s negligence may be eligible to receive monetary compensation through a personal injury claim. The Las Vegas and Reno slip and fall attorneys at Shook & Stone are here to help you every step of the way.
At Shook & Stone, we’re here to help victims and families who’ve suffered preventable losses in slip and fall accidents. Our goal is to help injured victims and their loved ones recover compensation they deserve.
While some slips and falls are inevitable—or happen because of simple human error—there are times when unsafe conditions directly cause injury. The unsafe area could have been fixed or blocked off with ample warnings, but because the property owner did not take these precautions, accidents and injuries can occur.
Slips and falls that result from premises owner or employee negligence can include the following:
Slips, trips, and falls have the potential to cause serious and sometimes even catastrophic injuries, depending on the situation. There are numerous safety regulations and laws that businesses and public venues must adhere to, many of which can vary depending on the type of business or property in question.
With the unique nature of slip and fall cases, it is essential that you have an attentive Las Vegas and Reno slip and fall attorney from Shook & Stone evaluate your case. Our team will determine how your personal circumstances can affect your claim and potential compensation.
Slip and fall claims are handled within the category of premises liability law. As such, there are a few crucial elements a plaintiff must present in order to establish negligence and receive fair compensation.
For premises liability to apply to your slip and fall case, the following must be established:
Defendant must possess the land of premises.
While land, property, and business owners must be held accountable, some cases may not require ownership. Anyone in a managerial position or in control of safety procedures can be held accountable—so can large corporations and businesses. Large corporations and businesses often have huge resources and legal teams to deflect allegations. In this case, it’s extremely important that you have your own quality legal representation.
Plaintiff must be an invitee or licensee.
While many slip and fall cases occur at businesses or properties that are open to the general public (or invitees), negligence can also apply to licensees. A licensee is a visitor who is allowed on a property that may not typically be open to the public, or who may have been allowed on the property by the owner for any given reason. In slip and fall cases, trespassers are not typically covered by premises liability, but exceptions can be made, especially when a wandering child is involved.
There must be negligence or some wrongful act.
Determining the extent of negligence involved is the most crucial aspect of slip and fall cases. There must be proof that the owner, business, or employees failed to maintain a safe environment. Violations of health and safety codes, lack of warnings, insufficient security, and other failures to maintain or fix unsafe conditions are sufficient grounds for compensation.
Slip and fall situations can vary greatly. And if you’re an individual who has been injured in a slip and fall accident, it’s extremely difficult to handle it on your own. Property owners, businesses, and large corporations hire qualified legal teams to defend against personal injury claims—and to prevent victims from receiving financial compensation. It’s vital that your case is evaluated by an equally qualified team to determine the presence of premises liability.
When the Shook & Stone team handles your case, we’ll ensure that you have the best chance of receiving the compensation you deserve. We work closely with you to determine whether an owner failed to make regular and thorough efforts to keep a property safe and clean—and whether these problems have affected other guests and visitors. Our team also can immediately preserve all relevant evidence.
The Las Vegas and Reno slip and fall attorneys at Shook & Stone are experienced, knowledgeable, and client-focused. We have a solid reputation of being patient and understanding—but we’re also tough litigators when necessary. We’ll swiftly and intelligently bring your case to a favorable resolution.