No matter what the ads say, what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas if it involves a serious injury. Being hurt in an accident or becoming a victim of crime can have lasting consequences. No one comes to Sin City expecting to be injured, but it does sometimes happen despite our casinos’ best attempts to keep their patrons safe.
The majority of people who come here to enjoy our casinos, restaurants, and tours will be perfectly safe. The vast majority of casinos have security personnel and cameras, and they take measures to prevent injuries.
If you are one of the unlucky casino patrons who does end up with an injury while you’re here in Vegas (like the man who was recently injured in a fire in one casino’s pool deck area), it’s important to know what to do next. Understanding how accidents are more likely to happen in a casino can also help you to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.
5 Ways You Could Be Injured in a Casino
While it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be involved in a fire during your time here in Vegas, there are some more common ways people get injured in our casinos. These are the most likely causes of accidents.
Between the free drinks that are served at our slot machines and our incredible restaurants, you may end up spending a surprising amount of time sitting in a chair while you’re in this city. If a casino’s management and maintenance staff neglects to make sure its chairs are in good condition, they can become a hazard.
Slip and Falls
I personally witnessed a slip and fall accident at one of our fabulous buffets after gravy was spilled on a bare tile floor and the staff neglected to clean it. Casinos typically make sure safety mats are on the ground around the buffets and that the staff is on high alert for spills. If the buffet I visited that day had done so, that poor woman wouldn’t have ended up flat on her back.
Every major casino here in Vegas offers shuttle bus services as a convenience to their patrons. These are a great way to get around, as long as the drivers are well-trained and floor and aisles are kept clean and dry. It’s also important that the bus’s stairs and the curbside pickup area are clearly marked. If these safety practices aren’t followed, people can be hurt.
Las Vegas has many of the world’s best restaurants, and you can get pretty much any kind of food you can dream of here. Unfortunately, you can also get food poisoning. Food poisoning can happen in a casino if::
- Food isn’t stored properly
- Food is left out for too long
- Food workers do not have clean hands
If you get sick, be sure to let the casino’s management know what you ate and where right away so they can take steps to make sure no one else eats the contaminated food.
According to one study, approximately 87% of people who visit Las Vegas gamble. Everyone wants to hit the jackpot, and many people do. Unfortunately, this can attract violent criminals who want your money. If a casino doesn’t have plenty of security monitoring all areas and well-lit parking garages, gamblers may be robbed and assaulted.
If you were injured in a casino and you’re wondering what to do next, you may want to contact personal injury lawyers who can give you information about Nevada’s premises liability laws. In this state, the owners of casinos are legally liable for any injury that takes place on the premises as a result of negligence.