Las Vegas Premises Liability Laws

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Warning signs can help protect against accidents

Premises Liability in Nevada...When is the Owner Responsible?

Nevada law requires property owners to keep their premises reasonably safe at all times. But many don't.

If you have been hurt on someone else's property, our caring Las Vegas personal injury lawyers may be able to help you get compensation for your injuries.

Compensation for premises liability in Las Vegas or elsewhere in Nevada can include payment for: 

  • Medical bills,
  • Occupational or physical therapy,
  • Court costs,
  • Pain and suffering, and
  • In egregious cases, possible punitive damages.

 To help you better understand the concept of premises liability in Nevada law, our personal injury attorneys discuss the following, below: 

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Prescription medications are a common cause of Nevada poisoning injuries

1. Poisoning injuries

Las Vegas hotels, houses, restaurants and commercial properties contain a variety of substances that can lead to poisoning injuries in Clark County.

Potential sources of poisoning include (but are not limited to): 

  • Prescription medications and illegal drugs,
  • Household cleaning products,
  • Gardening supplies,
  • Insecticides and rat poison,
  • Toxic fumes, and
  • Improperly prepared food (food poisoning). 

If you believe you have been poisoned, seek immediate medical attention and contact the National Capital Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222

Once the emergency has passed, keep your records and call our caring Nevada personal injury attorneys at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) to see if someone else may be liable for your injuries.

2. "Slip and fall" injuries

Property owners are required to keep their premises safe. This includes having floors that are reasonably safe to walk on.

If conditions are temporarily unsafe -- for instance because food is spilled -- property owners must take reasonable steps to remedy the danger.

For conditions that can't be immediately remedied, property owners are required to post appropriate signage warning people of the unsafe condition. They are also legally obligated to repair potential safety hazards as as soon as reasonably possible.

If you have been injured as the result of a "slip-and-fall" in Las Vegas, you may be entitled to compensation.

Our Clark County slip-and-fall attorneys may be able to help you recover lost wages, medical expenses, and money for your pain and suffering.

3. Burns and other fire-related injuries

Fires often happen accidentally, due to natural disasters or unforeseen circumstances.

But in some cases, fire results from a property owner's negligence or a product liability issue—for instance, when a fire is caused by a faulty laptop charger.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a fire, our Las Vegas products liability lawyers and premises liability lawyers can help you determine whether a third party may be at fault. We may be able to help you receive compensation for burns, smoke-inhalation and damage to personal property.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our Clark County attorneys, fill out the form on this page or call us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673).

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Faulty wiring can lead to burn injuries and premises liability in Nevada

4. Dog bites

Homeowners and other property owners are required to keep their dogs on-leash or in a secure enclosure, such as a house. Dog owners must also keep dogs that are known to be biting hazards away from visitors and guests.

If you suffered a dog or other animal bite while you were on someone else's property, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries from the property owner or the owner's liability insurer.

To learn more about dog bite liability in Clark County, please visit our page on Nevada dog bite injuries

5. Who is liable?

Determining liability can be complicated. In some cases, you may find that insurance companies bicker and claim that no one is responsible for your injury. When this happens, you need an advocate in your corner who will fight for what is right.

Our Nevada personal injury attorneys are focused on helping our clients recover the maximum funds possible in each unique case. We will sort through the possible liable parties and look for all possible sources of compensation -- be it the property's owner, insurer or renter or someone who provided a product service used on the property.

5.1. Hotels

Hotel proprietors have a duty to take reasonable measures to prevent foreseeable injuries. According to the recent Nevada Supreme Court case Humphries v. New York, New York, judges take an expansive view of what is considered foreseeable:

NRS 651.015 precludes [hotel] liability unless the wrongful act that caused the injuries was foreseeable...a wrongful act is not foreseeable unless the owner or innkeeper failed to exercise due care for the safety of the patron or other person on the premises or had notice or knowledge of prior incidents of similar wrongful acts on the premises ... Foreseeability based on the failure to exercise due care does not depend solely on notice or knowledge that a specific wrongful act would occur, but instead is about "the basic minimum precautions that are reasonably expected of an owner or innkeeper." ... And foreseeability based on notice or knowledge of "[p]rior incidents of similar wrongful acts," ... requires a case-by-case analysis of similar wrongful acts, including, without limitation, the level of violence, location of attack, and security concerns implicated." (Humphries v. New York, New York, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. 77 (2017)).

Therefore if the plaintiff's injury was reasonable foreseeable, the hotel should be held liable even if the proprietors did not know that the plaintiff's specific injury would occur.

6. Steps to take after an accident

After you are in an accident, things can seem very overwhelming. It is important to keep records of everything that happened, including writing down your version of events early while it is still fresh in your mind.

You should also take a photo (or have a friend take a photo) of any visible injuries, both when they first occur and as they progress. Other documents to keep include a police report or incident report if one was filed and copies of any prior correspondence with the property owner about violations or hazards.

If possible (and you can do so safely) you may wish to take a photo of the property where your accident or injury occurred.

Injured on someone else's property in Nevada? Call us for help...

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If you or someone you know was injured on someone else's property, you may have a legal claim against the property owner or insurer.

Our caring Las Vegas premises liability lawyers can help you determine who is responsible for your injuries. If there is premises liability, we'll fight proactively and aggressively to get you the compensation you deserve.

To schedule a free consultation, complete the form on this page or call us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673).


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