In Nevada, as in other states, both public and private property owners are required by law to keep their premises maintained and reasonably safe for guests. This means cleaning up spills, clearly marking wet floors, ensuring that stairs have proper handrails, and fixing broken or crumbling steps, among other important things. When property owners fail to address, repair, or warn others of dangerous property conditions, innocent people can be hurt—and negligent property owners can be held accountable.
At Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P., our premises liability lawyers have extensive experience representing victims of slip, trip, and fall accidents throughout Northern Nevada. With over 100 years of collective experience and millions of dollars recovered for our clients, we have what it takes to help you go up against negligent property owners and their homeowners’ or commercial insurance providers. You should not have to pay for the consequences—including costly medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering—of a property owner’s negligence on your own.
Did you slip, trip, or fall due to unsafe conditions on public or private property? Contact our Reno, Nevada slip and fall lawyers at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. by dialing (775) 227-2280 to discuss your rights during a free consultation.
When Is a Property Owner Liable for a Slip & Fall Accident?
Slip and fall cases generally fall under a type of personal injury law known as premises liability. Premises liability statutes state that property owners, whether they own private or public land, are responsible for maintaining their premises and ensuring that they are safe for anyone who lawfully enters the property. This means property owners are responsible for removing, repairing, or otherwise addressing unsafe property conditions that they know about or reasonably should have known about. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of the duty of care property owners owe to guests.
How To Prove A Slip, Trip & Fall Accident
If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, you must be able to prove the following in order to bring a slip and fall claim:
- You were lawfully on the property when the injury occurred
- The injury occurred because of a dangerous condition that the property owner knew of or reasonably should have known of
- The property owner failed to take reasonable steps to fix, remove, repair, or warn others about the dangerous condition
- You suffered measurable damages (economic or non-economic) as a result of your injuries
If all of the above are true, you can hold the property owner legally liable for your injuries and resulting damages, such as your medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, future lost earnings, lost earning ability, pain and suffering, and more.
What Are “Dangerous Conditions?”
In premises liability law, a “dangerous condition” is any condition on a property that could cause foreseeable harm to another person. This means that the condition has to pose some degree of risk that the property owner or any reasonable person could understandably assume might cause someone else to become injured or otherwise harmed.
Examples of dangerous property conditions that often contribute to slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Uneven floors
- Defective sidewalks
- Torn or ripped carpeting
- Lack of handrails
- Mopped/waxed floors
- Spilled liquids
- Defective steps/stairs
- Poor lighting
- Lack of adequate/proper signage
Common Injuries From Slip & Falls
These and other unsafe conditions can—and often do—lead to serious accidents. While many people mistakenly believe that slip and falls are not all that serious, they are actually a leading contributor of countless serious accidents. Slip and fall victims often sustain severe or even catastrophic injuries, such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, or traumatic brain injuries, including concussions. These can not only dramatically impact the victim’s finances, as they will require extensive and ongoing medical attention and will likely be unable to work, but they can also have a massive, detrimental impact on the victim’s physical and emotional health and well-being.
What To Do If You Fall On Someone's Property
In the state of Nevada, you are entitled to file a personal injury claim against a negligent property owner after a slip and fall accident. After first seeking proper medical attention and ensuring that your safety is not at risk, the next thing to do is to contact an experienced Reno premises liability attorney who can help you understand your rights and build a case aimed at maximizing your recovery.
The sooner you reach out to our team at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P., the sooner we can begin gathering evidence and investigating the facts of your case. We often work with medical experts and other specialists in order to establish the cause of your injuries, as well as their severity and the overall impact they are likely to have on your life. This allows us to present your case in the strongest possible light. Get in touch with Nevada slip and fall lawyers as soon as you can.
Slip and Fall FAQ
How much should I settle for in a slip and fall claim?
A fair settlement amount for your claim will depend on the details of your accident. For example, if you suffered a hip injury that resulted in the need for several surgeries and extended bed rest, your settlement may be higher than if you sprained your ankle and had to miss a week of work.
Our Nevada slip and fall lawyers are trained to identify any damages in your case that you may be eligible to receive compensation for, both monetary and non-monetary.
Do I really need an attorney for a slip and fall lawsuit?
While you are not required to have a lawyer represent you in a slip and fall claim, there are several reasons you may want to consider it:
- Our attorneys can help establish who is at fault for your injuries
- Our attorneys can help prove what losses you have suffered and deserve compensation for
- We will fight on your behalf to ensure you get a fair settlement
Our firm does not get paid unless we win your case for you! That means you have nothing to lose by consulting with our attorneys and taking steps to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Do most slip and fall cases settle out of court?
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At Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P., our goal is to help you get back on your feet after a serious accident or injury. Whether you were injured after slipping, tripping, and falling in a friend’s home, at work, in a grocery store, by a hotel pool, or even in a public park, our slip and fall lawyers in Reno are ready to fight for you and the fair recovery you are owed.
We provide our personal injury services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay any out-of-pocket expenses and if we do not win your case, you do not pay any attorneys’ fees. We also offer services in both English and Spanish and are available to meet with you on weekends or in the evenings upon request.
Get in touch with our trusted slip and fall attorneys in Reno at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. for a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation: (775) 227-2280.
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