Spring Valley Hotel Accident Lawyer
In the post-coronavirus era, many hotels and other hospitality establishments focus a lot on infectious disease prevention. However, that’s only one area of a property owner’s duty of care. Hotel guests are invitees in Nevada. They benefit the owner financially and they have permission to be on the property. Therefore, owners have a duty to provide a completely safe environment, not just a partially safe environment.
A dedicated Spring Valley hotel accident lawyer from Cameron Law forces these businesses to fulfill the responsibilities they have under Nevada law. Our dedication is based on a strong commitment to simple values, like hard work, open communication, and dedication to our clients. In the past, this straightforward approach has produced results that exceeded our clients’ expectations. We’re confident your claim will have the same outcome.
Hotel Accident Injuries
Falls, third party assaults, and insect infestations are the most common premises liability claims at Las Vegas-area hotels.
Most hotels in the Las Vegas area are almost constantly under construction. These activities could be inside or outside the hotel. Construction zones are serious fall hazards. That’s especially true if the victim has a pre-existing condition. Construction zone falls often involve a warning sign, which usually means the assumption of the risk defense. More on that below.
Generally, property owners are legally responsible for fall injuries. Property owners are also generally responsible for third-party assault injuries which occur on hotel property. Once upon a time, property owners weren’t financially responsible for damages in these cases regardless of the facts. Today, liability attaches if the injury was foreseeable (possible). Evidence of foreseeability includes:
- Property location (e.g. is it near a busy intersection),
- Area’s reputation as a high crime area, and
- Prior similar incidents on that property or in the general area.
Additionally, a Spring Valley hotel accident lawyer must prove that negligent security, such as a broken camera, gave an evildoer an opportunity to commit the crime.
Bed bugs are probably the most common insect infestation issue in Las Vegas area hotels. In the 1990s, the EPA banned powerful pesticides, like DDT, which most hotels used to disinfect rooms. Many hotels still haven’t found an effective substitute.
Bed bug bites usually aren’t life threatening. However, these bites often get infected. These infections are especially dangerous for people with pre-existing conditions. Additionally, bed bug bites cause significant emotional trauma, a phenomenon known as bed bug PTSD.
Possible Defenses and Spring Valley Hotel Accident Lawyers
Lack of evidence, assumption of the risk, and comparative fault are the most common insurance company defenses in hotel accident claims.
A fall down a crowded staircase without any witnesses is the classic example of a lack-of-evidence defense. Someone could have easily pushed the victim down the stairs, either intentionally or unintentionally. So, there’s no way to prove that a loose handrail caused the fall. Usually, jurors may presume that negligence caused such falls, because of Nevada’s res ipsa loquitur (the thing speaks for itself) rule.
We mentioned the assumption of the risk defense above. A warning sign, like “Caution Construction Area” doesn’t automatically torpedo a damage claim. The insurance company must still prove that the victim saw the sign, could read the sign, and could understand what the sign meant.
In this context, comparative fault essentially shifts blame for the injury from the owner to the victim. For example, in a negligent security assault claim, the insurance company might argue that the victim wasn’t mindful of his/her own safety.
Reach Out to a Dedicated Spring Valley Hotel Accident Lawyer
Injury victims are usually entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced Spring Valley hotel accident lawyer, contact Cameron Law. Attorneys can connect victims with doctors, even if they have no insurance or money.