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Slip and fall accidents account for over one million emergency room visits each year. Slip and fall accidents are also the leading cause of occupational injuries for employees over 55 and the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, contact DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo to schedule a free case evaluation with a Las Vegas slip and fall accident lawyer.
Slip and fall injuries can potentially cause severe injuries like bone fractures and traumatic brain injuries. These wounds can, in turn, lead to lost income from missed time at work while recovering, lost earning potential from permanent disability, and significant pain and suffering.
Our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers can help build a strong case and handle a client’s legal matters while he or she recovers and arranges for expert witnesses like safety experts and medical professionals to testify on the client’s behalf. The attorney can also help navigate insurance claims, workers’ compensation claims, and the potential for legal action against multiple defendants. Ultimately, hiring an attorney increases the chances of a plaintiff succeeding with a slip and fall accident claim and will likely secure more compensation than the plaintiff could have secured on his or her own.
When slip and fall injuries occur in the workplace, an injured employee in Las Vegas can file for workers’ compensation benefits for medical expense coverage and weekly benefits until he or she can return to work. Workers’ compensation can also provide lifetime benefits if an injured employee develops a permanent disability from a slip and fall accident.
If a slip and fall occurs on private property, the injured person may need to file a premises liability claim against the Las Vegas property owner. Similar to proving negligence in a personal injury claim, the plaintiff must prove the property owner was negligent in his or her care of the property or failed to warn the plaintiff of a known safety hazard on the premises. The plaintiff must have been a legal visitor to the property, such as an invitee visiting for personal reasons or a licensee visiting for his or her own reasons. In either case, the plaintiff must have express or implied permission to enter the property from the property owner. Property owners do not owe a duty of care to trespassers.
In the event you sustain a slip and fall injury caused by the negligence of a property owner in the Las Vegas area, you should be able to recover various types of compensation for your losses. At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, we have a track record of success in recovering compensation on behalf of premises liability victims, and we always strive to recover economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages associated with a slip and fall incident revolve around calculable costs that a victim endures as a result of the incident. Our team will gather any bills, receipts, and invoices you receive to properly add up the following types of losses:
Non-economic damages associated with a Las Vegas slip and fall incident are not as easily measurable as the economic costs just mentioned. These are the types of losses that revolve around what we consider pain and suffering damages. Specifically, we want to recover compensation for our clients’ physical pain and suffering, emotional and psychological distress, and loss of enjoyment of life resulting from the slip and fall incident.
Our team will use various methods to help adequately calculate these total losses based on the total economic damages. This often means using a multiplier method that takes the total economic damages and multiplies that by a set number, usually a number ranging from two to five. For example, suppose a slip and fall accident victim sustains $50,000 worth of medical bills and lost wages. An attorney could use a multiplier of “three” to reach a non-economic damage total of $150,000, bringing the total damage request to $200,000.
The time frame immediately following a slip and fall incident as well as the days and weeks after the injury occurs are crucial. There are various steps individuals can take, maybe not necessarily in this exact order, to help ensure their well-being and improve their chances of recovering full compensation.
It is crucial for slip and fall victims in Las Vegas to file their claims as soon as possible. In Nevada, the personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. This means a Las Vegas slip and fall accident victim has a two-year window with which to file their claim against the alleged negligent party. Failing to do so within this time frame will generally mean the victim becomes unable to recover any compensation for their losses.
Additionally, property owners typically have insurance carriers to handle these types of claims. Each insurance carrier will have its own reporting deadline that claimants must be aware of as they begin this process of seeking compensation for their injuries.
We encourage you to reach out to a skilled slip and fall accident lawyer in Las Vegas who can help ensure the claim gets filed on time with the insurance carriers and at the civil court level.
Paying for a slip and fall injury lawyer in Nevada does not have to be impossible. In fact, it should be easy. Our team handles slip and fall accident claims in Las Vegas on a contingency fee basis. This means a few things for our clients. First, no client pays any upfront or out-of-pocket costs related to their case. They will not pay any legal fees until after we successfully recover compensation on their behalf. The final legal fee will be a percentage of the settlement or jury verdict.
In the event we do not win your case, you pay absolutely nothing. We believe that this type of fee arrangement helps individuals hold at-fault parties accountable regardless of their current financial situation.
A successful slip and fall accident claim can potentially lead to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, contact DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo today at (702) 466-1492 to schedule a free case evaluation with a Las Vegas slip and fall accident attorney.