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Casino faces premises liability suit after fall on ice patch

Property owners in Nevada must ensure that their premises are free of hazards that might cause physical harm to visitors. This is an enormous responsibility for owners of businesses such as casinos where thousands of people move about every day. Along with indoor areas, proper maintenance is also required in public outdoor walkways and parking lots. Slip-and-fall injuries can lead to premises liability claims.

A patron of a casino in another state recently filed a lawsuit against the hotel complex, alleging that negligent maintenance of the premises caused a slip-and-fall accident. The complaint states that the plaintiff visited the casino in Feb. 2014, at which time he unexpectedly encountered a patch of ice in the parking lot. The plaintiff claims to have suffered permanent injuries when he slipped and fell to the ground.

Court documents indicate that the man claims to have torn a rotator cuff that caused limited left shoulder movement along with other injuries. As a result, the plaintiff claims his ability to work and lead a normal life is diminished. Also, the injuries brought about unanticipated medical expenses.

The plaintiff is seeking a trial by jury and damages to be determined at trial. A Nevada resident who has suffered injuries on another party's premises may also have a viable premises liability claim. However, proving negligence on the part of the property owner can be challenging, and the guidance and support of an experienced premises liability attorney may prove helpful. With negligence established to the satisfaction of a civil court, a monetary judgment may be entered to cover documented financial losses.

Source: wvrecord.com, "Customer blames casino for torn rotator cuff in slip-and-fall incident", Robert Hadley, Feb. 11, 2016

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