Each year, a number of people from all over the world visit Florida casinos to experience the thrill of gambling. Casinos can be fun and vibrant places, but they can also be crowded and potentially dangerous. The unfortunate reality is that accidents occur in casinos quite often. If you or a loved one has been injured at a casino due to negligence, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami premises liability attorneys provide aggressive representation to each and every client.
Casino accidents can take place in a variety of ways, including slip and fall accidents (due to a wet floor, an uneven floor, or unsafe stairs or walkways), dangerous conditions such as obstacles or hazards on the floor, elevator and escalator accidents, inadequate security on the property leading to assaults, or bouncers at clubs being too rough with guests.
Premises liability is a legal theory that holds property owners responsible for accidents and injuries that take place on the property. The duty that a property owner owes a visitor depends on the status of the visitor. In Florida, property owner-visitor relationships fall into one of three categories: 1) invitees, 2) licensees, or 3) trespassers.
An invitee is a person who enters the land for a business reason, including a customer or patron. Guests who visit casinos to gamble or enjoy one of the attractions in the casino (i.e., a bar or restaurant) would be considered invitees. This type of guest is owed the highest duty of care. The property owner has a duty to keep the premises safe as well as warn invitees of any dangers on them of which the property owner has knowledge or should have knowledge.
In order to prevail on a premises liability claim, the plaintiff must establish that the property owner owed the plaintiff a duty of care, the property owner breached the duty of care, and the property owner’s breach was a direct cause of the accident and the plaintiff’s resulting harm. Each of these elements must be established before compensation can be obtained.
It is important to note that some Indian casinos (i.e., Seminole Indian casinos) are not subject to the jurisdiction of Florida courts. This does not mean, however, that you are out of luck. In recent years, the tribe has made many agreements that have reduced its sovereign immunity in exchange for expansion. For victims of accidents, this means you will be able to hold the casino accountable in many situations.
At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our firm understands the nuances of law associated with various casinos in Florida and can put our knowledge to use in your case. No matter the type of accident or injury you have suffered, our Miami premises liability attorneys can assess the merits of your claim and provide you with an honest assessment. We understand that an accident can have long-lasting consequences on your health as well as your emotional and financial well-being. For more information, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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