I Fell at a Mississippi Casino; Can You Help?
Mississippi is home to several different casinos that people from around the country visit to have fun, win money, eat at fine dining restaurants, and so much more. However, these places can become busy and overcrowded quickly, causing people to fall and suffer injuries.
This typically results in a few minor cuts or bruises, but there are times when casino visitors and workers suffer severe, life-threatening injuries and need to seek medical treatment right away. In many of these cases, the managers and property owners are to blame.
Why would a casino manager or property owner be liable for my injuries?
Mississippi’s casinos are bright, lively, entertaining, and very popular. Therefore, many people typically only associate them with having a good time and do not give much thought to the possibility of being injured when visiting these establishments. As a result, they are putting their trust in the managers and property owners to keep them safe and harm-free during their time on the premises. This means that there should be clean and dry floors, proper lighting, and clear pathways at all times. If the property does not remain hazard-free and you end up falling, it is most likely because the property owner or manager was negligent or careless in their actions.
Common injuries resulting from falls in Mississippi casinos
When an individual falls in a casino, they may suffer severe, life-changing injuries. This often comes from trying to break the fall itself, but it can also come from being trampled on by crowds walking by, hitting your head, or striking a nearby object. Here are some of the most common injuries that casino falls may lead to:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head and skull injuries
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Broken and fractured bones
- Severe bruising
- Cuts and lacerations
- Shoulder injuries
- Wrist and ankle injuries
- Hip injuries
- Neck injuries
- Knee injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
What type of losses can I claim from my casino fall?
Individuals who fall and suffer injuries in casinos typically claim economic and noneconomic losses. Therefore, when you are thinking about the types of losses you have suffered from your accident, it is important to remember that all your losses are equally important and should be presented with your case. The following are some examples of the losses our clients claim from these types of accidents:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Physical and psychological therapy
- Home modifications
- Hired services
- Loss of enjoyment of life
How to prove negligence for injuries related to a fall in a Mississippi casino
If you recently fell and became injured at a casino, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, you must be able to prove negligence in order for your claim to be successful. Our Mississippi personal injury lawyers at Merkel & Cocke, P.A. will happily sit down with you, listen to your story, and look at the details of your claim. If we believe that you have a valid claim, we will begin collecting evidence to build a strong argument against the defendant and to prove negligence on their part. The following are four components that must be proven to show negligence occurred:
- You were owed a duty of care: Casinos owe a duty of care to their guests (or “invitees”) as well as any vendors (typically “licensees”). If you are legally in the casino, either for entertainment or work-related purposes, then you are protected under Mississippi laws.
- The duty of care was breached: When a manager or property owner is negligent and does not meet the safety requirements, they breach their duty of care. This can include not warning guests about spills or wet floors, failing to fix broken steps, carpets, or railings, and ensuring that the casino is safe, well-lit, and covered by security.
- The breach directly caused you harm: If you sustained injuries from a fall or an attack, and those injuries were the result of negligence by the owner/operator, then you can make a claim.
- You suffered losses: As a result of the accident, you suffered losses (“damages”) such as medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
By choosing to work with Merkel & Cocke, P.A., you can rest assured, knowing that we will work endlessly to find the necessary proof to hold the responsible parties accountable for their reckless behavior.
Why should I hire a Mississippi personal injury attorney from Merkel & Cocke, P.A.?
We know that a casino injury case may seem simple, leading you to think that any attorney can handle it. However, the truth is that you shouldn’t take chances on injury cases like this. Instead, you should make sure that you receive the best outcome and maximum compensation possible by hiring an experienced and skilled personal injury lawyer from Merkel & Cocke, P.A. We take pride in offering each of our clients the following qualities:
- An extensive background and education in personal injury law
- Over 40 years of helping clients with situations just like yours
- Medical knowledge to help you find the best medical providers possible
- An outstanding reputation in various cities and communities throughout Mississippi
- An excellent approach to solving problems
- Significant trial experience
If you suffer injuries from a casino accident, you should consider contacting a Mississippi personal injury attorney from Merkel & Cocke, P.A. at your earliest convenience. Casinos and their insurance companies will do everything possible to avoid paying you the amount of compensation you deserve. That said, you need a professional lawyer who will remain by your side, fighting and protecting your rights during these tough, trying times.
To ensure that you select a lawyer who will advocate for your needs and wishes, submit our contact form or call our office. Our team has offices in Jackson, Clarksdale, Greenville, and Oxford, and we look forward to meeting with you soon.
After graduating from the University of Virginia Law School in 1975, Mr. Cocke and Mr. Merkel established Merkel & Cocke, P.A. in 1982. Since that time the emphasis of Mr. Cocke’s practice has progressed toward medical malpractice. At the present time his practice is exclusively devoted to handling medical negligence cases for the plaintiff, either as a result of direct contact by the client or on referral from other attorneys who are not familiar with the handling of medical negligence cases. Mr. Cocke was selected Best Lawyer of the year for 2012 and 2014 in The Memphis area in the field of Medical Malpractice and has been selected a Best Lawyer and Super Lawyer every year since 2006. Learn more about John Hartwell Cocke here.