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Child Injury on School Property

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October 19, 2020

CHILD INJURY ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

Off to school! An integral part of your daily life as a parent is sending your child to school. In fact, it is the law. For children ages 6 to 16, it is compulsory to…

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Child Injury on School PropertyOff to school! An integral part of your daily life as a parent is sending your child to school. In fact, it is the law. For children ages 6 to 16, it is compulsory to be enrolled in school whether it is public, private, or homeschool. Schools are designed to be a place of safety and security for our children. Once they are on school property, the school has a responsibility to their students for a reasonable duty of care – school staff and administration are charged with students’ well-being and with protecting them from foreseeable harm. There is even a specific term referring to the school’s role as acting in loco parentis, or “in place of the parent.” In the State of Nevada, children spend approximately 180 days per year in school. With that, it is inevitable that accidents will occur. Understandably so, when your child comes home with a scrape or bruise, we tend to dismiss it as the usual wear and tear from kids being kids. But what happens if your child is seriously injured on school property? Who is responsible and where do you turn? There are so many questions you may have.

Can you sue the school if your child is injured on school property?
Yes, you can. The injury must have occurred on school property during school hours. An attorney may be able to recover the financial cost of medical bills, the emotional cost of pain and suffering, and more depending on the nature of the accident and the extent of the child’s injuries. The law varies based on whether a school is public or private when it comes to what steps you must take in order to hold the school accountable for the incident.

Child Injury in a Private School
When a child is injured in a private school, parents are able to sue the school itself.

Child Injury in a Public School
Public schools are government entities, therefore, if your child is injured in a Nevada public school, you must follow very specific procedures in order to file a claim. There must first be a report of the incident filed with the school district within a 60- to 90-day window. In order to proceed with filing a lawsuit, you must then wait until either the school denies your claim, or the school takes no action within a three- to six-month time period.

Nevada school districts are liable for incidents on school property due to negligence, including, but not limited to:

  • Premises liability violations resulting in bodily injury such as slip and falls.
  • Harassment by a teacher in the form of bullying or sexual harassment.
  • Bus accidents caused by the negligence of the bus driver violating the laws of the road.
  • Injuries sustained during school sports or activities.
  • Neglecting to provide medications.
  • Discrimination of a student based on (but not limited to) race, gender, or gender identity.
  • Inadequate security on the premises to keep students safe from outside harm.

What if my child was injured by a teacher?
Nevada’s school districts can be held liable for teacher’s actions in certain instances under its waiver of sovereign immunity law, which gives people the ability to sue the school for the negligence of a teacher or its staff member. When a teacher is doing their job as it is intended, and an accident occurs due to their carelessness or negligence, the school is responsible. One of the conditions under the sovereign immunity waiver protects Nevada schools from being sued for more than $100,000 for employee negligence. They are also protected from paying out punitive damages. On the other hand, in cases of intentional misconduct by a Nevada school employee, those conditions do not apply if the school is found negligent. It is the school’s responsibility to perform their due diligence when hiring teachers and staff by conducting thorough background checks. Furthermore, if a teacher is found to be unfit for their position and no action is taken and they commit an intentional wrongful act, the school itself can be deemed negligent. Nevada schools are charged with proper supervision and disciplinary action for their employees. If the school fails to carry out this duty and a student is injured due to a teacher’s intentional improper behavior, the school can then become the responsible party.

Unlike public schools, private schools do not have a cap on the amount that can be paid out for recovery of damages if an employee is found negligent. They can also be sued for punitive damages.

What if my child was injured by another child at school?
In most cases where a child is injured by another child at school, the parents are the liable party. If there is negligence on the part of school staff such as inadequate supervision, the school may be liable.

If my child was injured on school property after school hours, who is responsible?
Nevada schools are not liable for accidents that happen on school property after hours.

Is the school liable if my child becomes ill or gets food poisoning from school cafeteria food?
In many cases, school food is provided by an outside vendor. If that food then causes your child to become ill, the manufacturer would ultimately be liable for their product’s safety. On the other hand, if the cafeteria is serving food provided directly by the school, the school is liable and its negligence may be grounds for a lawsuit.

Do I need a lawyer to represent me in a lawsuit if my child is injured on school property?
The procedures you must follow before ever filing a lawsuit with a Nevada school are very specific. An experienced attorney is necessary to navigate these strict guidelines and bring the school and/or its employee to justice for the negligence that caused your child’s injury. The Richard Harris Law Firm has represented thousands of Nevada families in the last 40 years. Contact us immediately so we can help your family, too.

Filed under: Blog, Premises Liability

October 15, 2019

Injured in a hotel while visiting Las Vegas?

If you’ve come to Las Vegas for a convention or other business related activity, or just for some personal down time and fun, you expect to go home with lots of new contacts made at…

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If you’ve come to Las Vegas for a convention or other business related activity, or just for some personal down time and fun, you expect to go home with lots of new contacts made at the convention or other business meetings you may have had, or great memories made from our city’s great entertainment venues and the hospitality that has made Las Vegas the world’s entertainment capital.  The last thing on your mind should be an injury in the hotel where you stayed.  We understand.  You should contact us to discuss your case, because depending on the circumstances of your accident and extent of your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation to pay your medical bills and recovery from the accident.

What do I need to know if I’m injured in a hotel?

You should know that the hotel will not easily pay off in order to engender your good will.  With the number of visitors that come to Las Vegas each year, perhaps Las Vegas hotels do not want to earn the reputation as easy marks in slip and fall cases.  However, you should know that in Nevada, state law requires that property owners keep and maintain their properties with the safety of their guests in mind.  What needs to be established in a premise liability case is:

  • The accident was caused on the hotel property
  • The owner was aware, or should have been aware of the unsafe conditions and neglected to correct the condition

When out of line conditions result in injury to hotel guests and visitors, the law protects the rights of the injured party.  Some of the conditions which may warrant a lawsuit are:

  • Broken Furniture
  • Damaged stairs or handrails
  • Falling objects
  • Lack of Security
  • Poor lighting
  • Slippery or Wet Floors
  • Uneven walkways
  • Unlabeled construction areas

What should I do if I’m injured in a Las Vegas hotel?

First, if possible, take pictures of the location where the accident occurred with attention to the out of line condition which caused the accident.  The sooner the better since out of line conditions can be quickly fixed and evidence could be lost.  Second, bring the accident and the out of line condition to the attention of hotel management, however, do not make a statement or sign anything.  Third, obtain medical treatment for the injury you sustained.  Even if you don’t think your injuries are severe, you may need the medical bills and doctor’s diagnosis as evidence of your claim.  Fourth, call our office to discuss your case.

The Richard Harris Law Firm represents guests injured in Las Vegas hotels

Premise Liability is a complex and evolving area of the law which requires the expertise of a lawyer to determine if your circumstance may warrant further action.  Our lawyers are very experienced in this area of the law and have probably dealt with the hotel previously.  We have represented injured Las Vegas hotel guests across the country and around the world.  Our firm has nearly 40 years of experience in helping visitors to Las Vegas get fair and equitable settlements from Las Vegas hotels.  If this sounds like your situation, call our office today at (702) 444-4444.

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Filed under: Blog, Premises Liability

November 15, 2018

Basic Principles of Premises Liability in Nevada

If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to sue the property owner to recover damages through a premises liability case. The laws governing whether you have a valid claim…

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If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to sue the property owner to recover damages through a premises liability case. The laws governing whether you have a valid claim to recover damages for your injuries are complex and often require an attorney to determine the potential liability. Most premises liability claims settle prior to a trial; however, if your injuries are severe and you and the property owner are unable to come to a fair settlement through negotiations and other pretrial procedures such as arbitration or mediation, a trial may be necessary. As a plaintiff in such a case, you have the right to a jury trial.

Each case is different, and many factors enter into property owner liability and potential awards. An attorney who understands this legal territory is necessary in order to pursue a premises liability case. If a court case is required, you may be able to ask for both compensatory damages, i.e. the property owner paying your medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earnings due to the injuries, and pain and suffering; and punitive damages if the property owner was especially negligent. The following are general legal principles and doctrines that govern these types of cases but should not be taken as legal advice.

What needs to be proven in a premises liability case?

In order to have a valid premises liability claim, your lawyer will need to establish five facts:

  1. That the person you’re suing (the defendant) owned or controlled the property at the time of the injury
  2. That you (the plaintiff) had permission to be on the property at the time of the injury
  3. That a dangerous condition existed at the time of the injury
  4. That the defendant knew or should have known about the dangerous condition
  5. That the dangerous condition caused your injuries

In a trial, the above five facts must be proven “by a preponderance of the evidence,” which means that it is more likely than not that the defendant’s negligence caused the injuries. The court will attempt to establish a percentage of liability under Nevada’s comparative negligence doctrine (NRS 41.141). This means that even if you were partially at fault for the accident (50% or less), you may be entitled to recover damages at a reduced rate.

Property Owner’s Reasonable Duty of Care

A property owner must act in a reasonable way to prevent dangerous conditions on their property. Furthermore, if dangerous conditions exist, property owners may have obligations to warn others of those conditions.

The defendant’s reasonable duty of care may be determined on what type of guest you were at the time of the injury. The courts recognize three types of guests on someone else’s property:

  1. Invitees
  2. Licensees
  3. Trespassers

For example, a visitor to a restaurant who is purchasing food and eating would be considered an invitee. If you are on the premises installing a new computer system to facilitate the business, you could be considered a licensee. If you have stopped at a fast food restaurant or convenience store to use the bathroom without intention to purchase a product, you could be considered a trespasser.

The courts have established that property owners may have a reduced liability to those they have not invited onto their property (trespassers); however, a property owner may not intentionally injure or harm a trespasser.

Property owners may be required to warn others of dangerous conditions on their property if they knew or should have known about the condition, depending on how open and obvious the condition is. Whether the property owner should have known about a condition has to do with the facts of the case and will be determined at trial.

Common Las Vegas Premises Liability Claims

Las Vegas presents an environment where you may have a premises liability claim if you were injured on someone else’s property. Common types of premises liability cases include:

  • Slip and fall accidents in casinos, restaurants, and stores
  • Defective elevator and escalator accidents
  • Faulty carpeting accidents
  • Slippery or waxed floor accidents
  • Lack of security
  • Swimming pool and water park accidents
  • Concert accidents
  • Uneven or unclear walkways
  • Unmarked construction areas

The Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm Represents Those Injured by Others’ Negligence

Cases involving injuries sustained on someone else’s property depend on a number of factors. The foreseeability of a potential hazard and the warning given for known or potential hazards are only two factors. The court attempts to determine whether reasonable care was exercised by the property owner to prevent injuries due to both obvious and not so obvious hazards. Premises liability is a complex and evolving area of the law which requires the skills of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to protect your rights under the law. If you were injured on someone else’s property due to that property owner’s negligence, you may have grounds to file a claim for medical and other expenses incurred by you as a result of the injury. Call us today to discuss your potential case at (702) 444-4444.

Filed under: Blog, Premises Liability

September 10, 2018

What should I do after a slip and fall injury?

When you visit someone else’s property, you expect it to be safe. Unfortunately, hazards such as damaged walkways, falling objects, and slippery floors aren’t always addressed before someone gets hurt. At Richard Harris Personal Injury…

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When you visit someone else’s property, you expect it to be safe. Unfortunately, hazards such as damaged walkways, falling objects, and slippery floors aren’t always addressed before someone gets hurt. At Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm, we help injury victims hold property owners liable for the injuries that happen as a result of unsafe conditions.

If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, our Nevada attorneys are here to answer your questions and help determine if you may have a claim. One of the most common questions we get asked by injury victims is what they should do immediately after a slip and fall incident takes place.

Here are 4 steps you can take to help protect your health and your rights after a slip/trip and fall:

  1. Get medical attention. After your slip and fall incident, seek medical attention as soon as you can—even if you don’t think you were injured. This can help eliminate any internal injuries that may not be obvious, as well as create a medical record that directly links your injuries to the accident.
  2. Take photos. If you’re able, take photos of the area where you were injured. Documenting the evidence before property owners can fix the hazardous conditions can help support your claim.
  3. Get the names and contact information of witnesses. This can save time later on, as witnesses can be hard to track down. Get the names and contact information of anyone who watched the injury happen.
  4. Contact a Nevada slip and fall attorney. When you contact us, we’ll listen to your story, answer your questions, and help determine if you have a case. It’s our goal to help you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one were injured because of someone else’s negligence, we’re ready to speak with you. Our initial consultations are always free, and we’re available anytime, day or night.

We Are Your Nevada Premises Liability Attorneys

When poorly maintained properties or dangerous conditions cause you to suffer serious injuries, you may be facing time away from work and expensive medical bills. We don’t think you should have to pay out of pocket for an injury that wasn’t your fault. Contact us today, and let the attorneys at Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm get to work for you.

Filed under: Blog, Premises Liability

July 16, 2018

Slip and Fall Injuries: More Common Than You May Think

Any time you go grocery shopping, visit a friend’s house, or take a walk down the street, you probably aren’t looking out for potential hazards that could lead to an injury. That’s because all property…

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Any time you go grocery shopping, visit a friend’s house, or take a walk down the street, you probably aren’t looking out for potential hazards that could lead to an injury. That’s because all property owners and managers have a duty to keep their spaces free of hazards—or, at the very least, make their customers, visitors, and the general public aware of any potentially dangerous conditions.

Although no one expects to suffer life-changing injuries while running daily errands, it happens more than you might expect. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one million people are injured in slip and fall accidents every year.  

At Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm, we know that suffering any unexpected injury can be a painful, frustrating, and stressful experience, no matter the cause. What’s even more frustrating, however, is when those injuries could have been prevented. If you were injured on someone else’s property, our premises liability attorneys may be able to help you file a claim for compensation.

Slip and Fall Injuries Are Caused by More Than Wet Floors

Many slip and fall injuries result from unsafe conditions that could have been prevented. When property owners and managers fail to address or alert visitors about potential hazards, they should be held responsible.

The law is designed to help prevent victims from paying out of pocket for injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. If you were hurt on another person’s property, our Las Vegas premises liability lawyers want to help you get maximum compensation. When you contact us to handle your slip and fall claim, it’s our goal to hold the responsible property owner accountable by proving:

  • The accident was a result of his or her negligence
  • The owner was aware of the dangerous conditions and could have prevented the incident

Our experienced legal professionals are ready to assist you anytime, day or night—just call (702) 444-4444, or contact us online now.

Filed under: Blog, Premises Liability

March 30, 2017

What to Do If You Slip and Fall

The concept of a slip-and-fall case, otherwise known as Premise Liability, has to do with a simple idea. It's that anyone operating a business should take reasonable care to ensure the property is safe and…

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The concept of a slip-and-fall case, otherwise known as Premise Liability, has to do with a simple idea. It’s that anyone operating a business should take reasonable care to ensure the property is safe and free of hazards that could cause an accident. If an unsafe condition occurs on the premises, upon proper notification of the condition the business operator must either remove the unsafe condition or in the interim, warn customers that the unsafe, and possibly dangerous, condition exists.

If you are injured, what steps should you take?

If you are on the premises of a Nevada business and you slip and fall and are injured due to unsafe conditions, there are several steps you should take to strengthen a potential case if you choose to pursue a lawsuit against the business owner.

  • Depending on the extent of the injuries, you may be transported for medical care immediately to a local hospital. If your injuries do not cause loss of consciousness and you are still able to move about, you should file an accident report as soon as possible after the incident.
    Most businesses have accident report forms already pre-printed and a member of management is usually designated to take the report. As soon as possible after the report is filed, you should seek medical care for the injury. This accomplishes two things: it documents the extent of the injuries, and provides for treatment for the injury at the earliest possible moment.
  • You probably won’t be given a copy of the accident report for your own records, so when you are able, write a summary of what happened in your own words. In the summary, tell why you believe the accident occurred and why the business owner is responsible for the unsafe condition.
  • If possible, take pictures of the location of the accident, showing the unsafe condition that caused the accident to take place. Document whether warning signs were placed in an obvious location where you could have reasonably seen them. Even if signs were present, if they were misplaced or not obvious, you may still have a case.
    In 2016, a jury found in favor of a shopper at a Nevada Lowes garden department and awarded $16 million to the plaintiff because the warning sign was concealed.
  • Talk to an attorney about your case. Depending on the extent of your injuries, most settlements offered by businesses will not cover the medical expenses incurred in a lengthy recovery. The laws governing premise liability are many faceted, and require the skills of a well-seasoned attorney to navigate.

The Richard Harris Law Firm is the largest and most experienced firm in Nevada

The law evolves over time and new cases can change older accepted doctrines. For example, in 2012, the Nevada Supreme Court handed down a ruling that slightly tilted the scales in the plaintiffs favor in Foster v. Costco Wholesale Corporation. A well-informed lawyer will be aware of new rulings and will pursue your case to gain the maximum benefit for you. If you have experienced an injury accident at a local business, call us today to talk about your potential case at (702) 444-4444.

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Filed under: Premises Liability

June 8, 2014

An Inside Look at Hotel Injury Claims

As the entertainment capital of the world it's not surprising to hear injury incidents reported at hotels. The question is, what does a person do after the injury in order to keep their well-being in…

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As the entertainment capital of the world it’s not surprising to hear injury incidents reported at hotels. The question is, what does a person do after the injury in order to keep their well-being in tact.

In this video, Richard Harris overviews the hotel injury claim assistance the attorneys in his Law Firm provide to Las Vegas residents and visitors.

We hope you don’t need us; but, if you do, we’re here.

Filed under: Premises Liability

March 30, 2014

A Closer Look at Slip and Fall/Premises Liability

Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents in grocery stores happen all too often. The combination of smooth, shiny floors with liquids on shelves, refrigeration units, and constant in-and-out traffic can create a dangerous situation.    If the cause…

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Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents in grocery stores happen all too often. The combination of smooth, shiny floors with liquids on shelves, refrigeration units, and constant in-and-out traffic can create a dangerous situation. 
 
If the cause of the dangerous situation is the fault of the grocery store, or the grocery store employees were aware of the dangerous situation and did nothing to correct it, the store may be responsible for damages. In fact, according to a decision by the Nevada Supreme Court, even if the dangerous condition was “open and obvious,” the owner of the premises may still be responsible for damages.

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Filed under: Auto Accident, Legal Information, Premises Liability

November 7, 2013

I was injured while visiting Las Vegas, what do I do?

What happens here, doesn’t always stay here Let’s face it, Las Vegas is a town made for parties.  It’s pretty much the reason this oasis in the middle of the Mojave Desert exists.  And we…

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What happens here, doesn’t always stay here

Let’s face it, Las Vegas is a town made for parties.  It’s pretty much the reason this oasis in the middle of the Mojave Desert exists.  And we do it well.  We have a lot of people who come here to party, in fact in 2012, Las Vegas had nearly 40 million visitors.  That amounts to almost 110,000 visitors per day.  Movies have been made about it, we’ve had advertising campaigns promoting that what happens here stays here, and regardless of where you live the in U.S., Las Vegas means party time, in pretty much any way that can be defined.