Slip and Fall Statute of Limitations
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, you must file your claim fast! Learn about the slip and fall statute of limitations in Nevada in this educational video by our Las Vegas slip and fall attorney.
In Nevada, we get a lot of visitors from a lot of places. The unfortunate fact is we have a lot of tourist businesses and unfortunately, people slip and fall and get injured. They want to know, how much time do I have to file a claim for a slip and fall injury? Slip and fall injuries are typically like most other injury cases here in Nevada, and the standard answer to that question is you have two years in which to resolve your claim or to file a lawsuit.
If you have not resolved your claim or filed your lawsuit before the two year anniversary of that claim, you will then have lost any right or chance you have of getting compensation, because the slip and fall statute of limitations will have expired. There are a couple of instances that may extend that. Typically, if the person who fell and was injured is a minor, there can be additional time. As a general rule, you have two years, so here’s what you need to do.
Number one, slip and fall cases are fought very hard by the property owners. One of the reasons is they always think that they can say that you were at fault. If, in Nevada, they can prove you were more than 50% at fault for causing your fall and injuries, they don’t have to have any responsibility. They will always try and argue that you were at fault. They will also argue that you had all these preexisting conditions or that you were wearing the wrong type of shoes. Let’s say you were wearing flip flops. Well, it’s your fault that you fell because you were wearing flip flops. They have all these defenses. Bottom line is, once you have had a slip and fall, you need to talk to an attorney who has skill and experience in dealing with slip and falls because all of the insurance companies will fight these cases.
You have to have an attorney who knows how to build a case that can be won. If you don’t, you’re in big trouble. Here is one thing that you have to know: never give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster or a risk management department before you talk to a lawyer because they will ask you questions in a manner that they are looking to destroy your case before it ever gets started. This is one area of law that I can make a blanket statement, and that is do not give them a recorded statement until you talk to a lawyer.
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