There are a lot of moving parts at a Seminole Indian casino—slot machines, game tables, bars, parking lots, the foot traffic of patrons and employees. These large properties require a lot of maintenance, but it’s the duty of the casino owner to keep up with repairs, clean-up, and renovations in order to keep casino visitors as safe as possible. When a casino owner fails to live up to that duty of care and someone is injured as a result, that owner may be found liable and will have to provide compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related expenses determined by the court.
If you’ve been injured at a Seminole Indian casino, you may be wondering whether or not you have a premises liability case on your hands. The best way to determine if you have a case is to schedule a consultation with a casino accident attorney, but you can also review some common types of casino accidents below to get started.
Slip and Fall Injuries
All commercial properties are responsible for clearly marking slippery surfaces (such as a freshly mopped floor) and removing tripping or slipping hazards (such as a spilled drink) as soon as the property owner becomes aware of them. If a casino fails to do this, their patrons—especially those patrons over the age of 65—are at risk for serious injuries.
Many Seminole Indian casinos have multiple floors and may have elevators or escalators to help patrons conveniently move from level to level. Any facility with an elevator or escalator is supposed to perform regular, scheduled maintenance, and accidents may occur when a casino owner fails to perform that maintenance or ignores a maintenance person’s recommendations to fix an existing problem.
Shuttle Bus Accidents
Some casinos offer shuttle bus services to make it easier for patrons to travel to and from the property. In many ways, this is a highly valuable service, because it gives patrons who have been drinking a mode of transportation other than driving. However, that doesn’t mean that a shuttle bus can’t get into an accident. A casino owner may be liable for a casino shuttle bus driver’s accident if they did not do a background check on the driver before hiring him or her, or if they knowingly let a driver who was fatigued or intoxicated continue to drive.
With potentially large amounts of money changing hands as some patrons win big, theft and assault are very real risks for casinos. Seminole Indian casino owners need to recognize this and employ security guards, as well as making sure all areas of the property (including the parking lot) are well lit. If you’re injured because a security guard failed to do their job or because a casino didn’t properly light a walkway or parking lot, the casino owner will most likely be found liable for negligent security.
If you do believe that a casino owner is responsible for your injury, there are two basic things you need to prove. First, you need to be able to show that the casino owner was aware or should have been aware of the hazard, and second, you need to be able to show that your injury was caused by that hazard. Work with an attorney who has gone up against Seminole Indian casinos to start building a strong case.
About the Author:
Ben Murphey is a personal injury lawyer and a partner at the firm of Lawlor Winston White & Murphey. Mr. Murphey has 10.0 Superb AVVO rating, was named Top 1% of Car Accident Attorneys by Car Accident Lawyer, and was named a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers in 2014. Mr. Murphey is based in South Florida but represents people and businesses across the state who have been harmed by the wrongful acts of others.