Injured from a Slip and Fall Accident in Nevada?
Reno Lawyer Eric A. Stovall Explains Premises Liability
Anyone who has ever had a slip and fall accident understands that victims not only suffer embarrassment, but also potentially devastating injuries. Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury and frequently result in hip, back and spinal cord injury as well as broken bones. When business owners invite people onto their property, they have a duty to the invitee to ensure their safety of the premises. Owners who breach this duty are liable for the payment of medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering for injuries incurred, including injuries to the head and back. Reno accident attorney Eric A. Stovall has spent over 20 years helping individuals with serious injuries receive proper compensation when business owners fail to secure the safety of their premises.
Premises Liability and Negligence: Proving Fault
Contrary to popular opinion, simply falling down does not automatically make an owner liable to compensate a person’s personal injuries. There is a high standard to recover for premises liability and the injured individual must prove each of the following elements were present to maintain a negligence claim. A plaintiff must prove:
- A dangerous condition existed
- The property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition
- The owner failed to properly fix or remedy the problem
- An invitee was seriously injured as a direct result of the dangerous condition
Common examples of dangerous conditions include unmarked wet floors, icy walkways, poor lighting in hallways or stairs, lack of safety rails or handles, and/or objects or obstacles on the floor.
Premises liability is present on both residential and commercial property, although business owners owe a higher duty of care to the public because they specifically invite potential customers to enter their store, hotel or casino to spend money for their benefit.
Slip and Fall Accidents a Leading Cause of Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claims that slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, accounting for over 35 percent of cases. Slip and fall accidents cause half of the head injuries affecting children, and are responsible for 61 percent of TBIs among adults over the age of 65. The CDC also claims that 22 percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by slip and fall accidents, accounting for thousands of new cases every year in the United States.
Individuals suffering from debilitating brain and spinal injuries and their families are easily overwhelmed with growing medical bills and the expense of rehabilitative and long-term care. Clearly, slip and fall accidents result in serious injuries and it is the responsibility of owners to ensure their businesses are safe and to compensate individuals who are injured as a result of their negligence.
Contact Our Reno Accident Lawyer To Learn More
Tourists make up a significant portion of visitors to Nevada, and business owners must secure the safety of visiting tourists as well as local customers. A former insurance agent, Eric A. Stovall has been practicing law for over 20 years and has a unique insight into both sides of premises liability law, allowing him to represent his clients more effectively than other personal injury lawyers. Whether you are local to the area or you suffered an injury while visiting, contact Reno accident lawyer Eric A. Stovall to see how he can help you obtain just compensation for your slip and fall accident.