It can happen to even the most graceful of people. You are picking up a few last minute groceries to put together dinner after work, you are looking at the shelves to try to find just the right item, and then it happens. You slip and fall and find yourself on the floor embarrassed and in pain. Occasionally it might be your own fault due to an untied shoelace or heels a little higher than you are used to wearing, but sometimes it is not your fault. Sometimes it is the grocery store’s fault for allowing a dangerous condition to go unremedied and not warning you about it. In these cases, you may be entitled to compensation.
Grocery Stores are a Common Spot for Slip and Fall Accidents in Las Vegas
Grocery stores are especially common hosts of slip and fall accidents. They are open to the public, they often have slippery floors, and spills happen all the time. Often there are employees re-stocking the shelves during business hours, which can also create tripping hazards. Additionally, while weather may not be a common cause for dangerous conditions in our sunny climate, on the rare occasions where the weather does create slippery conditions this can make parking lots and entryways dangerous as well. It may seem like these falls are no big deal, and some of them are not. Sometimes you just suffer a bruised knee and a bruised ego. But other times the injuries can be serious. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30,208 people are killed by unintentional falls each year in the United States.
Nevada Slip and Fall Law
The area of law that deals with slip and fall cases is known as premises liability law. One of the key Nevada court cases on the matter deals with an incident that happened at a Costco. In that case a customer tripped and fell over a wooden pallet that a Costco employee had positioned in an aisle. The fall injured the customer, so the customer sued Costco. The Nevada Supreme Court held in the case that landowners owe a duty of reasonable care to people who enter their land for risks that exist on the landowner’s property. This means that landowners, like grocery store owners, can be held responsible for injuries caused by dangerous conditions on the land, even when those conditions are open and obvious, if the landowner does not act reasonably and the visitor or customer does not fail to exercise reasonable self-protection. Determining whether a particular slip and fall accident meets these qualifications is a complicated matter, which is why it is important to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after you are injured. It is also important to collect as much information as possible including taking pictures of any visible injuries you suffer.
Call Naqvi Injury Law
If you have been injured in a slip and fall in the Las Vegas area, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn about your rights you should contact the experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Naqvi Injury Law. Call us today at (702)553-1000 and we will schedule a case consultation at no cost to you. We look forward to speaking with you.