When a liquid spill creates a slippery surface in a casino, staff members may have a duty to address the issue and put up signs to warn customers of such safety hazards, whether in New Mexico or elsewhere. However, if circumstances prompt these warning signs to prove difficult to spot, the danger to safety may persist. A woman in another state was recently awarded a substantial monetary judgment after a recent slip-and-fall accident that took place when she tripped and fell on a wet floor sign that had collapsed onto the floor of a casino.
Reports indicate that the incident took place while the woman was walking through the casino grounds and suddenly tripped and fell on a wet floor sign that was laying on the ground. The lawsuit states that she suffered severe harm in the incident and has already had to undergo surgery for a broken knee cap. The woman also asserts that her injuries have affected and will continue to impact her life in various ways and that the incident will leave her with a need to seek additional medical care in the future.
During legal proceedings, the casino reportedly argued that although the sign had collapsed onto the ground, it should still have been visible to customers. However, the jury reportedly found the casino culpable of failing to maintain a safe environment and awarded the woman a judgment of $3 million. The lawsuit also states that a casino worker walked by the collapsed sign just before the incident took place, but failed to take action to rectify the issue.
When an accident occurs
When the negligent actions of a property owner create significant safety threats, those who suffer injuries in a subsequent slip-and-fall accident may wish to take every possible measure to protect their interests. After suffering harm in such an incident, a person in New Mexico could choose to retain the services of an attorney for guidance in navigating the civil justice system. In doing so, a person could become better prepared to pursue the compensation entitled and shift his or her focus toward entering the recovery process with peace of mind.