Nevada Premises Liability Attorneys
In our everyday lives, an accident can occur anywhere—at the grocery store, at work, or in a restaurant. If you have had an accident on someone else’s property, you may have serious injuries that require considerable medical care and lost time from work.
You need an attorney experienced in Nevada personal injury law who can get you the compensation that you deserve. Call The Bourassa Law Group at (702) 851-2180 now for a free consultation about your case, so we can work to get you through this difficult time and to move forward with your life.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a type of personal injury law that concerns accidents suffered on someone’s property and the responsibility of a property owner to ensure that the area is safe for others. If there is an obstruction, a leak, a hole, or some other defective condition that could cause a person to injure themselves, the property owner may be considered negligent, and the victim may be entitled to compensation. Some of the most common premises liability incidents include:
- Slip and fall injuries – An unfortunately frequent occurrence, these are the sort of injuries a person sustains when they slip on a slick surface, trip on uneven ground or on an item in the walkway. A victim could twist their ankle or suffer a more serious injury upon impact with the ground.
- Dog bites – Often these injuries occur near or in the home of a dog or in an outdoor area where the owner does not have the dog restrained. In the case of a dog bite in the home, the homeowner’s insurance will often be responsible for paying compensation.
- Swimming pool accidents – These accidents could occur at a public pool or a private home where there is an area that is broken or in poor condition. Slip and fall accidents at a pool can be particularly dangerous because of the risk of drowning. The owner’s negligence may also take the form of a lack of signage warning of danger.
- Amusement park injuries – Amusement parks contain large rides that pose a risk to customers of the park if the rides are not operated properly or are malfunctioning. Signage at these locations is important to warn visitors of safety hazards.
- Poor premises security, leading to injury from assault or other crimes – If a visitor to an area is attacked or is the victim of a violent crime that occurred because of inadequate security, the property owner may be considered negligent and held liable for the injuries sustained by the victim. A security guard or increased lighting could prevent violent crimes from occurring on the premises.
- Water leaks/flooding – Leaks and flooded areas of floors or rooms can present a major slip-and-fall risk but could cause other injuries as well, such as illness from toxic mold.
These accidents could occur because of poor maintenance and repair, lack of signage warning visitors of potential hazards, a lack of fencing designed to keep visitors from entering a dangerous area, or other precautionary measures. The liability for hazards may be held by the property owner or by a tenant, depending on the circumstances of the defective condition.
A property owner’s legal duty to protect visitors depends on the circumstances of the visit. Their most substantial duty extends to customers visiting a property owner’s business or to those visiting a location for the mutual benefit of both parties.
However, even trespassers have some limited protection in Nevada. A property owner may not deliberately harm an intruder or set traps to harm them.
Child trespassers may come under the “attractive nuisance” rule, which applies to areas like swimming pools and playgrounds that children may be attracted to. In these cases, a property owner has a duty to protect a child’s safety that goes beyond the duty the owner has to adult trespassers.
Common Injuries in a Premises Liability Case
Premises liability accidents can lead to injuries of all sorts, from minor to catastrophic. Some examples of possible injuries an accident victim could sustain are:
- Cuts and scrapes – from contacting or falling against a sharp or protruding object or rough edge.
- Muscle sprains – a stretching or tearing of ligaments, from falling in an unnatural way or wrenching a limb in a hole or break in a walkway.
- Bone fractures and breaks – from impact against the ground or from having a large object fall on the body.
- Back and neck injuries – from falling in an unnatural way or being impacted by a heavy object.
- Skin punctures – from falling against sharp objects or from dog bites. Also poses risk from certain diseases.
- Electrical burns – from electrocution due to poorly maintained wiring.
- Traumatic head and brain injuries – from impact from a fall or being hit by a falling object.
What Should I Do After a Premises Liability Accident?
- Seek medical care. If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1. Even if there is no emergency, it is important to obtain medical treatment. You may be suffering from an injury that does not immediately show symptoms, such as a concussion, which could cause major problems if not treated. Further, lack of medical treatment may be used by the property owner to argue that your injuries aren’t serious or are nonexistent.
- Report the accident to the property owner or manager of the location where you were injured, and ask them to provide a written report, if possible. Make sure to obtain a copy for yourself.
- Take pictures of the location and what caused you to have an accident. Write down an account of everything as soon as possible after the accident, while it is fresh in your memory. Talk to witnesses and get their contact information, if possible.
- Be careful about speaking to anyone before first speaking with an attorney. Don’t post anything about the accident to social media, and don’t make any statements of blame or of your own responsibility.
- Keep pictures, written accounts, accident reports, and medical records together in a file. If your clothes were damaged or otherwise affected by the accident, keep them as well, as possible evidence. Keep all receipts for doctor or dentist visits, surgical procedures, and medication as well.
- Call an experienced premises liability attorney right away. Nevada personal injury law has a statute of limitations of two years after the accident to file a lawsuit for injuries, and three years for a lawsuit to file a lawsuit for damages to property. Investigations and other casework take time, so it is important not to delay in hiring a lawyer.
Why Do I Need a Premises Liability Attorney?
A negligent property owner’s insurance company or lawyer will not be easy to deal with. They may try to argue that you should have known about the dangerous conditions you encountered, or that your injuries are not as serious as you claim. These companies and attorneys are used to handling personal injury claims, and they know how to speak with an accident victim in order to get the best results for their clients.
The Bourassa Law Group can make this difficult time much easier for you by dealing with these individuals and companies on your behalf. You don’t have to go through this alone. Call us now at (702) 851-2180 to get the legal expertise needed to build an unassailable premises liability case and to win you the compensation you deserve.
There are complexities to premises liability cases that require an experienced premises liability lawyer to navigate in order to make a successful case. The issue of comparative negligence, for example, in which the defendant may argue that the victim is partly responsible for their own injury, could be raised by the defendant to deflect blame for your injury.
Nevada has a modified comparative negligence rule in which the plaintiff will not obtain any compensation for their injury if the jury finds that the plaintiff is 50 percent or more at fault.
How Can The Bourassa Law Group Help with a Premises Liability Case?
Our experienced personal injury lawyers know Nevada premises law. We can investigate the circumstances of your accident and determine the best path forward for your case so that you don’t have to worry about all the stressful issues related to fighting for your legal rights.
The Bourassa Law Group has obtained high-dollar settlements and judgments in favor of our clients in Nevada for many different types of accidents. We can gather evidence from the scene of the accident along with medical records and witness accounts to construct a solid case to back up your compensation claim.
Call The Bourassa Law Group at (702) 851-2180 today for a free, no-cost consultation about your premises liability case. And, remember, you don’t owe us anything until we win you the compensation you are entitled to.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Expect From a Premises Liability Injury?
Every case is different, but there are a number of important items a personal injury case can compensate you for, including:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Wrongful death
- Loss of household income
- Burial expenses
Call The Bourassa Law Group Today to Make a Premises Liability Claim
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed because of an accident that occurred on someone else’s property, the property owner may be negligent and should be held accountable and pay you damages to make you whole.
Get a professional team of lawyers on your side to handle your premises liability claim, while you are taking care of yourself and your family.
The Bourassa Law Group has a proven record of success and will fight for your rights while you focus on what’s important: your own recovery and the well-being of your family. There’s no need to worry.
Call The Bourassa Law Group today at (702) 851-2180, or get in touch with us at our website to schedule a free consultation.