Casinos provide many entertainment options for people looking for a fun night on the town. Customers can have a meal and some drinks, perhaps see a show or go dancing, and, of course, try their luck on the gambling floor. By welcoming paying customers onto their premises, casinos have an obligation to provide a safe experience. Customers or guests who suffer injuries at a casino could seek financial compensation in many cases.
Consult a Schaumburg casino accident lawyer as soon as possible when you are hurt while visiting a local establishment. An experienced injury attorney could ensure the casino provides reasonable compensation if its negligence led to your injury.
Common Hazards in Casinos
The party atmosphere in a casino is what makes it so much fun, but it also creates many potential dangers. Spilled food or drink and crowded dance floors could lead to slips, trips, and falls. Many casinos do a brisk business, which means stair railings, floor tiles, carpets, and other fixtures might suffer from wear and tear, creating hazards. Casinos can also attract crime. Patrons often carry cash and valuables and may be inebriated.
Other dangers you might encounter in a casino include poorly lit walkways, blocked exits, missing or inoperable smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, contaminated HVAC systems, faulty elevators and escalators, and unguarded pools or spas. Food poisoning is a risk. If you were injured in a Schaumburg casino, you could have a claim for damages and should discuss this possibility with a local attorney.
Casinos Have a Duty to Provide Safe Premises
Negligence is a failure to exercise appropriate care. Property owners and casino operators who invite paying customers onto their premises have a duty to provide a safe environment. One of our Schaumburg attorneys could review the circumstances surrounding your injury and determine whether the property owner or casino operator took all reasonable steps to prevent it.
A property owner or casino operator must make regular inspections of the property to identify potential hazards. They must repair any danger promptly. If it is not possible to fix a dangerous condition immediately, the property owner must warn patrons and limit access to the hazard.
Keeping the premises safe means the owner or operator must try to deter criminal activity on and near the premises. The specific crime-deterrence efforts depend on the location of the casino and various other circumstances. However, if you were the victim of a crime that might have been prevented with better lighting, security cameras, bouncers, or security guards, the casino could be liable for your damages.
Bringing a Claim for Damages Against a Casino
The statute of limitations for an injury claim is two years, so it is important that you consult an attorney soon after your accident. Insurance companies for the casino are unlikely to offer a reasonable settlement without the leverage of a potential lawsuit.
Our attorneys could investigate the incident and identify specific examples of negligence that contributed to your injury. In most cases, our team could pursue a reasonable settlement that covers your medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage, and provides adequate compensation for your pain, suffering, and other non-economic losses. If the insurer does not negotiate in good faith, we could pursue the case in court.
If your conduct had a role in the incident that injured you, the court may reduce your damages by an amount equal to your percentage of fault. In addition, 735 Illinois Consolidated Statutes §5/2-1116 prevents a plaintiff from recovering any damages if they were more than 50 percent responsible for an incident. A Schaumburg attorney could explain how this law might affect the damages you could collect in your specific casino accident case.
Contact a Schaumburg Attorney After a Casino Accident
If a visit to a casino left you with an injury that might be due to the casino’s negligence, you deserve compensation. Establishments that profit from your patronage must take care to ensure you are safe on their premises.
A Schaumburg casino accident lawyer could investigate the incident, file a claim, and negotiate a reasonable settlement. If necessary, our firm could take the negligent establishment to court. Call The Kryder Law Group today to get started.