Slip and fall accidents can result in significant and life-changing injuries. As a result, these types of accidents should be taken seriously. Even when someone falls and the victim experiences minor bruises and scratches, sometimes symptoms show up days or even weeks later. Slips and falls can happen in a number of ways and on various types of surfaces. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year more than 800,000 people are hospitalized in the United States due to slip and falls. When someone suffers a slip and fall as a result of another’s negligence, he or she may file a personal injury lawsuit against the parties responsible for the harm. The amount of monetary compensation that can be sought after is dependent upon the facts and applicable law.
The Cost of Slip and Fall Accidents
While it may seem shocking, Nevada slip and fall accidents can result in significant financial losses. In fact, it is not uncommon for slip and fall victims to end up in significant debt due to income loss and medical expenses. Depending on the injuries suffered, you may have had an emergency room visit, an extended hospital stay, diagnostic tests, surgery, expensive medication, medical devices, physical therapy and other medical needs. Needing to undergo several types of treatment, particularly over a long period of time, can cost tens of thousands of dollars, or even more. If you are unable to work due to your injuries, the financial impact can be even more significant. A slip and fall victim can end up with temporary or permanent incapacity, preventing the person from working in their chosen career or keeping them from handling simple personal day-to-day tasks.
Seeking Monetary Compensation
A Las Vegas slip and fall accident is a premises liability claim. In such a scenario, the victim files a personal injury claim against the neglectful owner or manager of the property where the fall occurred. An injured victim can seek monetary compensation for numerous losses, listed below, through a personal injury lawsuit in Nevada:
- Medical expenses;
- Ongoing medical treatment;
- Loss of income;
- Loss of future earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Inability to do household chores or care for dependents.
In order for a Nevada plaintiff to succeed in a slip and fall personal injury lawsuit, he or she must prove:
- The premises had a dangerous condition present;
- The property tenant, manager, or owner knew – or should have known – about the dangerous condition; and
- The dangerous condition was the cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
Suffering critical injuries in a Nevada slip and fall accident can have significant consequences that extend beyond monetary loss. It is not uncommon that long after the incident, a slip and fall victim can experience chronic pain and functional limitations. They may also lose the ability to enjoy simple day-to-day life on a temporary or permanent basis.
Reach Out to Las Vegas Lawyers
Slip and fall accidents can become complicated very quickly. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at H&P Law. Our legal team has the experience and expertise to help accident victims recover the monetary compensation they deserve.