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When you can sue a casino for an accident

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2021 | Personal Injury and Wrongful Death |

Many adults in New York travel to casinos for gambling, shows, food and other fun things. The largest casinos have a lot of amenities to keep their guests entertained, so it’s no surprise that the U.S. casino industry makes billions every year. But all of these entertainment options have risks and leave casino owners open to premises liability claims.

Typical casino accidents

There are some casino accidents that happen more frequently than others. Here are some of the most common casino accidents that can lead to premises liability claims:

  • Slip, trip and fall accidents
  • Broken chairs at slot machines
  • Food poisoning at buffets
  • Injuries from criminal activity
  • Shuttle bus accidents

People who have been injured at a casino can file a premises liability claim if they can establish that the casino was negligent. For example, if a person was injured in a trip-and-fall accident because a casino hotel lacked proper lighting, this may be grounds to file.

Proving that the casino was liable

To successfully sue a casino for your injuries, you must first establish two things:

  • The casino owed you a duty of care.
  • The casino knew or should have known about the hazard that led to your accident.

If there was no way that casino staff could have prevented your accident, then you won’t have success suing the casino for damages. However, there are a lot of casino hazards that are considered to be the responsibility of casino owners, including overly drunk guests. There have even been some casinos sued for enabling gambling addiction.

Calculating your damages

Another key part of suing a casino in a premises liability claim is calculating your damages. You should be able to prove that the casino accident you were involved in caused real financial losses.