No matter if you are a home or business owner, your property could be at risk of getting involved in a personal injury incident. At Aldrich Law Firm, Ltd., we know how stressful it can be to be on the receiving end of a premises liability lawsuit. It is important for anyone who owns property in Nevada to understand the state’s liability laws and put in place the proper preventative measures.
According to state law, there are several circumstances that must take place in order for a premises liability claim to be successful, and those are the following:
- The injured party must have been an invited guest or a visitor
- The defendant must own the property
- There must have been some type of negligence involved
For example, if someone is found to have trespassed on the property, Nevada law would, in most cases, find the claim invalid. Further, the plaintiff will have to prove that the incident occurred because the owner was somehow negligent, such as knowing about a hazardous condition and failing to fix or properly warn guests of it.
Nevada is a comparative negligence state, which, according to the law, means that a plaintiff could be held partially responsible for the incident. In a situation in which a hazard was present on the property but the plaintiff did not take reasonable care to prevent an injury, a jury could reduce the amount of damages that the plaintiff receives.
Any civil litigation can be costly, both in terms of time and money. For more information on this topic, please visit our page regarding personal injury claims.