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Millions of shoppers, sightseers, gamblers, and fun-seekers visit Las Vegas hotels and casinos annually, from the Winn to the Bellagio, from Caesars Palace to the MGM Grand. Each customer trusts the property's owner or operator to take reasonable steps to keep them safe during their visits. After all, that's what Nevada law requires.
Unfortunately, guests and workers at Las Vegas hotels and casinos routinely sustain injuries in accidents the premises’ owners or operators should have prevented.
If that happened to you, the experienced Las Vegas hotel and casino accident attorneys at Edward Bernstein and Associates want to help you recover compensation for your losses.
About Edward Bernstein and Associates
Out-of-town guests at Las Vegas hotels and casinos might not always recognize Edward Bernstein, but the Nevadans who work and visit there do. As one of the state's most respected and trusted personal injury lawyers, Ed is one of Nevada's most recognizable public figures.
Edward Bernstein and Associates has set the standard for high-quality advocacy for injured people in Las Vegas and around the Silver State for decades. Ed and his team have the experience and resources to tackle the most complicated and challenging cases, especially those involving Las Vegas's largest hotels and casinos.
Las Vegas Hotel or Casino Accident Guide
- How we can help
- Nevada premises liability law
- Examples of accidents
- What to do after
- Contact an attorney today
How We Can Help After a Las Vegas Hotel/Casino Accident
Edward Bernstein and Associates is a full-service personal injury law firm. We have the capacity and know-how to tackle every aspect of a Las Vegas hotel or casino accident case.
Depending on our client’s needs and priorities, we can:
- Take prompt action to notify hotel/casino owners of a potential accident claim;
- Investigate the accident, track down witnesses, and secure critical evidence;
- Answer our client’s questions in plain English (or Español);
- Act as our client’s representative in all interactions with insurance adjusters, accident investigators, and the media;
- Prepare, file, and litigate insurance claims and lawsuits for damages for our clients;
- Negotiate favorable settlements whenever possible;
- Go to trial to prove our client’s case in court, if necessary;
- Collect and disburse the funds owed to our client under settlement or court award.
We always perform these and other legal services for our clients on a contingent fee basis. That means we do not charge upfront fees or hourly rates in most hotel/casino accident cases. Instead, our fee consists of a percentage of any money we secure for our clients. If we don’t deliver results, in other words, you pay us nothing.
Potential Compensation for a Hotel and Casino Accident
Victims of accidents at Las Vegas hotels and casinos generally have the right to demand compensation for their losses under Nevada law.
At Edward Bernstein and Associates, we frequently pursue insurance claims and lawsuits on behalf of victims for damages that can include:
- Medical expenses for treating injuries and illnesses;
- Other expenses directly resulting from the accident and the harm it caused;
- Lost income from missing work due to injury or illness;
- Lost future earnings, when an accident leaves a victim disabled;
- Physical pain, emotional suffering, harm to personal relationships, and loss of quality of life.
We invite you to contact us after your hotel or casino accident in Las Vegas to learn about the range of damages potentially available in your case.
Nevada Premises Liability Law
Anyone who visits a hotel or casino in Las Vegas has a reasonable expectation of safety within the premises. That’s because Nevada law generally requires owners and operators of properties open to the public to take reasonable steps to keep patrons out of harm’s way. That duty generally involves three related obligations: identifying hazards, eliminating them, and keeping people from potential dangers.
Duty to Identify Potential Dangers
Hotels and casinos must reasonably anticipate dangers that could arise in their establishments. For example, they must stay informed about the physical condition of their properties to spot deterioration or wear and tear. They must also reasonably predict how the public might use features of their properties to engage in dangerous or illegal behavior. No one requires hotel or casino operators to see the future with 100 percent clarity, but they cannot stick their collective heads in the sand about potential risks either.
Duty to Eliminate Potential Dangers
Owners and operators of Las Vegas hotels and casinos must also reasonably fix or address the dangers they identify. At a minimum, this duty requires them to perform maintenance, like repairing broken handrails or replacing torn carpeting. It can also include taking steps to head-off potential risks, like hiring adequate security or establishing guidelines for effective management of large crowds. They must inspect pools to ensure water outlets can't trap swimmers and diving boards to ensure they won't break. They must keep functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors around the premises and inspect HVAC systems to ensure they don't emit deadly fumes or chemicals.
Duty to Warn About Potential Dangers
If Las Vegas hotels and casinos cannot immediately address a known hazard, they must take reasonable steps to keep visitors away. Often, this means posting signs warning about wet floors or roping off areas under renovation. It may also include verbally warning guests of known dangers like the lack of a lifeguard at a hotel pool.
What Are Some Examples of Las Vegas Hotel and Casino Accidents?
Edward Bernstein and Associates represents clients who have suffered injuries in a wide range of accidents at Las Vegas hotels and casinos. Here are some common scenarios that lead to injured people seeking our help.
Falling is one of the most common causes of accidental injury in the United States, especially among adults over 65.
Preventable falls frequently happen because of dangerous conditions at hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, such as when patrons:
- Slip on spilled liquid at restaurants;
- Trip over loose carpeting or cracked pavement;
- Lose their balance because of a broken or loose handrail;
- Get thrown down while using a malfunctioning escalator or elevator;
- Lose their footing on an unmarked step or uneven stair;
- Stumble over building debris;
- Misstep in a poorly lighted alley or corridor.
A fall can result in a debilitating injury, including brain trauma, spinal cord damage, or a complex fracture. At Edward Bernstein and Associates, we have years of experience seeking damages for individuals who fell and got hurt at a Las Vegas hotel or casino.
Hotel and casino guests in Las Vegas can suffer burns in numerous ways that an owner or operator should have prevented.
- A restaurant server spilling hot liquid on a patron;
- A malfunctioning electrical outlet in a hotel room causing electrocution;
- Touching exposed heating elements in a sauna;
- Exposure to flame or explosion during a Vegas show or spectacle;
No one who visits a Las Vegas hotel or casino should suffer a burn injury. Virtually any burn that happens is a sign that someone in charge made a dangerous mistake. Edward Bernstein and Associates can investigate a burn injury and identify all parties who should bear the blame.
Swimming Pool Accidents
Las Vegas hotel guests spend lots of time at the pool, so it is perhaps unsurprising that many accidents happen there.
But that does not make those incidents any less preventable or diminish the owners' and operators' liability when, for example, a guest:
- Trips over cleaning left poolside and falls on the hard pool deck;
- Drowns or nearly drowns because of pool overcrowding;
- Suffers lacerations from broken glass or other debris that has fallen into a pool;
- Falls ill or suffers skin problems after exposure to polluted pool water.
Another severe problem: Improperly grounded or connected electric pumps, lights, and chlorinators can electrocute swimmers if pool operators fail to inspect and repair old or failing parts.
The Edward Bernstein and Associates team is well-acquainted with the laws and regulations governing the safe operation of swimming pools in Las Vegas. We hold property owners and operators accountable when poor pool management endangers their guests.
Patrons of hotels and casinos in Las Vegas who fall victim to criminal activity do not always realize that they may have a claim to make against the owners or operators of the premises where the crime happened. Hotels and casinos must provide sufficient security and take reasonable precautions to protect patrons from crime.
Guests may have the right to sue if they suffer harm in, for example:
- A mugging in a poorly lighted hotel parking area;
- A hotel room break-in made possible by a faulty door lock;
- A sexual assault by a perpetrator who spikes the victim's drinks at a hotel bar or club;
- An assault by an intoxicated casino patron or;
- A shooting at a casino-sponsored concert or event.
Edward Bernstein and Associates tirelessly hold property owners and operators accountable when their lax security practices and rogue employees victimize hotel and casino patrons.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Las Vegas hotels and casinos can also face liability for motor vehicle accidents. For example, crashes can happen because of poor lighting or design in parking garages. And hotel and casino-owned vehicles, like shuttle buses or delivery vans, can get into accidents that injure their passengers or other motorists.
Edward Bernstein and Associates know how to pursue compensation from Las Vegas hotels and casinos for car, truck, and bus accidents, whether or not those crashes happen on their premises.
Guest Illness and Medical Emergencies
Las Vegas hotel and casino operators must prevent illness and ensure the basic medical safety of patrons.
Edward Bernstein and Associates can take legal action on behalf of guests who suffer illness or medical complications due to a hotel, for example:
- Serving contaminated food or beverages;
- Failing to take reasonable steps to contain a viral outbreak among guests;
- Failing to clean and sanitize showers and bathrooms;
- Failing to provide adequate first aid to a sick or injured guest.
- Failing to properly contain or vent carbon monoxide from the HVAC system or install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors to prevent asphyxiation.
It's not always apparent to an individual guest that they can blame an illness on a hotel or casino. Still, an attorney might identify a sanitary or health issue that affected multiple victims. That is why we encourage anyone who has fallen ill at a Las Vegas resort property to contact an attorney at Edward Bernstein and Associates promptly.
What to Do After a Las Vegas Hotel/Casino Accident
If you or a loved one gets injured in a hotel or casino accident, your actions can affect your right to compensation. Following the tips below can help protect your interests.
Seek Medical Attention
Always seek immediate medical attention after getting hurt in a hotel or casino accident, even if you think your injuries are minor. Some significant injuries do not exhibit symptoms right away. Also, your medical records can serve as valuable evidence in proving the hotel or casino owner/operator's liability.
Avoid Signing or Accepting Anything
Hotel or casino staff may apologize for your suffering and try to make things right. However genuine or understandable these overtures may seem, accepting them can affect your rights. Do not sign anything, and consult a lawyer before taking any freebies offered by the hotel or casino, such as comped meals, free stays, or chips to use on the casino floor. These forms of in-kind compensation can amount to settlement offers, and accepting them may jeopardize your right to compensation for your losses.
Contact an Attorney ASAP
The clock begins to run on your rights to seek compensation immediately. The sooner you have a skilled attorney in your corner, the greater your chances of holding the hotel or casino responsible for your losses, and the lower the risk of missing an important legal deadline.
Contact a Las Vegas Hotel and Casino Accident Attorney Today
At Edward Bernstein and Associates, we believe you deserve maximum compensation for the harm you suffered at a Las Vegas hotel or casino. We represent our clients vigorously and always aim to get them the most money possible to help them pay for their care, heal from their injuries, and move on with their lives.