When one thinks of visiting a casino, they typically think about flashing lights, food and drink, and gambling. What they don’t take into consideration is that they could become permanently injured in a slip and fall accident on the casino premises.
$3 Million Awarded To Casino Slip And Fall Victim
In 2016, a woman decided to visit Jack Casino in Cincinnati, Ohio. While exploring the casino, she tripped on a wet floor sign that had fallen down. The fall caused her to land on her knee, shattering her kneecap.
She required surgery and a metal plate was inserted into her leg. She will likely require additional surgery to replace the joint in the future. The knee continues to be painful.
A security camera caught the entire incident on film and showed that a casino employee had walked right by the fallen wet floor sign 11 seconds before the slip and fall accident took place and failed to pick it up.
Casino Places Blame On Slip & Fall Victim
The plaintiff decided to file a slip and fall lawsuit in order to fight for the compensation that will cover her medical bills, physical pain, and emotional trauma. The case went to court and the casino alleged that the plaintiff should have watched where she was going, that if she had been paying attention the accident wouldn’t have happened.
In response, the plaintiff’s legal team showed that video surveillance showed that the sign was down for a long period of time and that the casino employees had ample opportunity to remedy the issue. At the end of the trial, the jury sided with the plaintiff and awarded her $3 million.
Slip And Fall Verdicts: How Much Can A Plaintiff Get?
Although this recent verdict resulted in a multi-million dollar, that isn’t always the case. Verdicts and settlements are meant to provide a plaintiff with the compensation they need to cover all past and future losses. The type of injury, the plaintiff’s age, profession, and other factors can all impact the amount that is obtained.
If you choose to work with our experienced slip and fall attorneys, you can be sure that our legal team will fight for the maximum compensation possible for you and your loved ones.
Can I Be Considered Partially Liable For My Slip And Fall Accident?
Yes, you can be considered partially liable for your slip and fall accident. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t recover compensation.
Part of a jury’s job is to determine the percentage that a plaintiff is at fault. Then, any award that is granted will be reduced by that percentage. For example, if a plaintiff is awarded $100,000 but they are found to be 30% at fault, they would actually receive $700,000.
Does It Matter Where My Accident Took Place?
No, if you fell on another person’s property due to a hazard, you likely have the right to pursue legal action.
According to premises liability laws, property owners must make regular checks to determine if a dangerous condition has developed on their property. When a hazard is discovered, it must be corrected as quickly as possible. If it cannot be corrected immediately, warning signs need to be placed in the area.
It’s even possible to take action against the government if you fell on government property.
Don’t ever hesitate to consult with our law firm if you were injured in a fall. Even if you fell on a loved one’s property, the reality is that you will likely only be able to recover compensation through a lawsuit.
Steps You Should Take After A Slip And Fall Accident
Once you’ve received the medical attention that you need, there are certain steps that you should take after a slip and fall accident:
- Contact an attorney.
- Take pictures of the accident scene.
- Take pictures of your injuries.
- Collect copies of your medical records.
Our legal team will guide you through the process of taking legal action and let you know if there is anything else that we need. We can speak with the insurance companies on your behalf. Our goal is to make sure this process goes as smoothly as possible for you so that you can focus on what really matters – healing from your injuries.
I’m Afraid To Go To Court – Do I Have To?
Although there is a chance that your case may go to court, the majority of all slip and fall cases settle outside of the courtroom. Our attorneys regularly negotiate settlements on our client’s behalf but, if a settlement can’t be reached, the case will go to trial.
A trial experience isn’t anything to be afraid of. Our lawyers will prepare you for what is to come and will be by your side the entire time.