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Slip-and-fall accidents: Fall on bike trail leads to lawsuit

Business owners in Nevada have the responsibility of maintaining their premises in a manner that will ensure safe access for patrons. Similarly, the public walkways throughout cities such a Las Vegas must be free of hazardous areas at all times. Slip-and-fall accidents can lead to premises liability claims against the responsible parties.

Such a lawsuit was filed by a man in another state against a company that was responsible for maintaining a bike trail and all its exits and entrances, along with the sidewalks. According to the complaint, the plaintiff slipped and fell when he stepped onto a slippery area on the trail. He claims to have suffered external and internal bodily injuries that jeopardized his ability to perform regular duties, along with the loss of valuable time.

Court documents show that, along with negligent maintenance, the defendant is accused of failure to ensure that walkways are slip resistant. Further allegations include failure to provide slip guards and failure to carry out regular inspections and address safety hazards. The plaintiff seeks recovery of damages in excess of $50,000, as well as court costs.

Any individuals who have suffered injuries in slip-and-fall accidents that were caused by the negligence of business owners are entitled to pursue financial relief. This can be done by filing a premises liability claim in a Nevada civil court. As with other personal injury claims, negligence must be established before the court will consider entering a monetary judgment to cover documented financial and non-economic damages. Proving negligence may not be easy, and victims are free to seek the guidance of an experienced premises liability attorney.

Source: madisonrecord.com, "Pedestrian blames Gleeson Asphalt for injury-causing fall", Molly English-Bowers, March 10, 2016

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