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Reno Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

While most people assume that car accident cases dominate the personal injury landscape in Nevada, slip and fall claims are actually almost as common. In fact, these claims consistently account for the second-highest quantity of accidents in the region. Slip and fall injuries can cause a tremendous amount of pain—both mental and physical—for injured individuals.

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a slip and fall accident, it’s crucial to understand from whom you can seek compensation and how to approach legal representation. Partnering with an attorney that you trust will help guide your decisions and increase your likelihood of receiving compensation for the full cost of your injuries.

A Primer on Slip and Fall Accidents in Reno

A slip and fall injury occurs when a person slips or trips on another party’s premises and sustains an injury as a result. Anything from a small cut to a broken spine qualifies as a slip and fall injury. Severity has no bearing on the importance of a claim; any injury that you sustain through no fault of your own warrants a personal injury claim.

Slip and fall injuries are common—they kill more workers on job sites than any other type of accident except highway collisions, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which numbers falls among their Fatal Four accidents. Wet or uneven surfaces, large recreational equipment, and tight spaces all have the potential to cause an individual to slip and fall. The Reno area is vibrant and bustling, but this decadence comes at a price. There are countless opportunities for slip and fall injuries to occur in such a lively, active city.

Countless personal injury lawyers insist that they’re well-equipped to handle slip and fall accident cases. At Benson & Bingham, our focus on compassion and honesty sets us apart from our competitors. Our experience, resources, and accessibility position us to work as your partner in seeking compensation for your injuries.

Our Knowledge and Understanding Produce Results

At Benson & Bingham, we know which experts to retain for your personal injury case. Oftentimes, it’s necessary to enlist third-parties to help prove your case. Our experience affords us the knowledge and resources required to select the right professional for the job. Experts with professional engineering experience or who specialize in building code violations, for example, can help build and strengthen your case.

We also understand what you must prove to secure compensation. Slip and fall cases fall under the wider umbrella of premises liability law. Cases like these require that premise owners warn guests of slippery substances and fall risks. However, the property owner must have had an opportunity to rectify the situation prior to your accident to face any liability. Proving that an owner failed to inspect the premises can help establish the presence of constructive notice and increase the likelihood that you will receive compensation for your injuries.

Understanding Common Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip and fall injuries range in severity and type. Many people come away from slip and fall accidents with serious—or even life-threatening—injuries. These injuries can lead to decreased workplace productivity, acute and chronic pain, and loss of quality of life.

It’s important to understand some of the most common slip and fall injuries. You’ll be able to better communicate with medical professionals and attorneys if you’re aware of the most common slip and fall injuries. A handful of common injuries that occur as a result of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Head injuries
  • Hip fractures
  • Broken bones
  • Sprained ankles and wrists
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Spinal damage

Liable Parties in Slip and Fall Accidents

Determining liability in slip and fall cases requires proof of negligence. Negligence encompasses any scenario where an individual fails to conduct themselves according to prevailing standards of behavior or legal requirements. To prove negligence, a plaintiff must establish all of the following elements:

  • That the condition of the property was dangerous
  • That the owner of the property knew (or should have known) about the dangerous condition
  • That the owner had a reasonable amount of time to rectify the dangerous condition and failed to do so
  • That you sustained injuries due to the owner’s failure to deal with the dangerous condition

The Reno area is home to a bevy of businesses and venues. From hip restaurants and enticing retail stores to luxurious resorts, there are plenty of opportunities for slip and fall accidents to occur in a variety of different locations.

Hotels and Casinos

Both Las Vegas and Reno are home to world-class entertainment. Millions of tourists flock to the area every year to explore all that Nevada has to offer. Significant concentrations of locals and tourists alike in hotels and casinos lead to high rates of slip and fall accidents in these locations.

Oftentimes, slip and fall cases can be traced back directly to resorts’ negligence. Guests and visitors should be able to expect safety in these locations. Unfortunately, injuries can and do occur in hotels and casinos on a daily basis. Some common causes of slip and falls at hotels include:

  • Equipment like ski lifts and diving boards
  • Pool environments where the ground’s surface is often wet and slippery
  • Icy walkways or paths during winter months
  • Wet tiles or flooring in bathrooms or spas
  • Resort activities or excursions

Restaurants

The Reno area is full of delicious, world-class restaurants. Restaurant and cafe patrons are often caught completely unaware by hazardous conditions in these spaces. There are a number of potential causes of slip and fall accidents in restaurants, including:

  • Other customers tracking in water from rain or puddles
  • Staff spilling liquid materials in dining areas
  • Slippery floors in bathrooms
  • Poor lighting

Claimants and Damages: What Can You Recover?

If you’ve sustained an injury in a slip and fall accident, seeking legal advice is crucial. It’s the only way to ensure that you seek adequate compensation for your injuries. The attorneys at Benson & Bingham have extensive experience in slip and fall injuries and know how to calculate your total damages amount.

All too often, liable parties try to dodge responsibility by claiming that they were unaware of the conditions that caused your fall. If you’re able to prove that constructive notice was present at the time of your injury, you could receive compensation for the following expenses:

  • Past, present, and future medical bills
  • Lost wages due to injury
  • Loss of earning capacity if you’re unable to earn as much money as you earned prior to your injury
  • Incidental expenses
  • Pain and suffering

The Cost of Legal Representation

The price of legal representation for your case depends on numerous factors. At Benson & Bingham, we offer a free consultation during which we discuss your options and determine your liability to receive compensation. We handle most cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that our clients aren’t required to provide any upfront payment. They only pay if they receive compensation; we collect our fees from their compensation amount.

Partnering with Benson & Bingham

At Benson & Bingham, we understand that the recovery period following a slip and fall accident is both stressful and confusing. Oftentimes, it’s not immediately obvious who is responsible for your injuries and covering the medical expenses that you incur following the incident.

Our Reno personal injury attorneys are well-equipped to address your concerns. For more than fifteen years, we’ve prided ourselves on providing our clients with compassionate, understanding legal representation. Our work is informed by over a decade’s worth of experience, dedication, and consistent client communication.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall incident, call Benson & Bingham at (702) 382-9797, or contact us online, to schedule your free consultation and speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys today.

Did you Know: Benson & Bingham has a Happiness Guarantee? Although we cannot guarantee results of a case, we can guarantee your happiness with respect to the fees that we take at the end of a case.