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Premises liability suit follows fatal fall at funeral

Every year, thousands of people nationwide, including here in Nevada, suffer serious injuries on business properties. Many of these incidents cause serious -- and often permanent -- injuries, and, in some cases, lives are lost. For this reason, premises liability claims are not at all uncommon in Nevada civil courts.

According to one such lawsuit that was recently filed in another state, a woman attended a funeral on July 29, 2015. The complaint claims that the parking lot at the church was in a sad state of repair, with potholes, uneven areas and loose gravel. While walking on this dangerous terrain, the woman allegedly fell after twisting her ankle. It was later determined that her ankle had been fractured.

Court documents show that the woman died of complications that arose from the fractured ankle only 10 days after the incident. A personal representative of the deceased woman who filed the lawsuit alleges the church was negligent in maintaining the parking lot in a manner that would not threaten the safety of visitors to the church. The lawsuit alleges wrongful death and premises liability.

Any Nevada resident who suffers the consequences of an injury caused by dangerous and neglected property is entitled to pursue compensation for damages suffered. Proving negligence on the part of the property owner may be difficult, but with the support and guidance of an experienced premises liability attorney, the successful navigation of a lawsuit may be possible. Once the court has determined financial liability, it will consider all documented claims for physical, emotional and financial losses sustained.  

Source: madisonrecord.com, "Funeral guest allegedly dies after falling in pothole in church parking lot", Molly English-Bowers, April 5, 2016

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