Casinos may be sophisticated amusement parks solely for adults, but that does not mean that accidents cannot happen. Between the slot machines, the floorshows and the never-ending free drinks, there are plenty of opportunities for an accident to occur.
Accidents at casinos
There are several types of accidents that can happen in a casino, the most common type being slips and falls. These can occur in any of the casino’s public places – the restaurant, the slot machine and other gambling areas, or the bar – and can result in broken limbs, sprains or even head injuries.
Another common casino accident can result from the use of broken casino chairs. Thousands of people use the chairs placed in front of slot machines every day and their swivel mechanisms are particularly prone to breakages. Failure by the casino to perform regular checks on these chairs can lead to very nasty falls. Other falls can occur on the shuttle buses that some casinos provide for their patrons, where luggage left unattended in the aisles presents a trip hazard, or in the casino precinct itself, where a liquid spill has not been cleaned up promptly and completely.
Some casinos still allow smoking within their premises, so it is possible that a lit cigarette or even a lighter could burn a casino patron. This is more likely if the smoker is intoxicated, which is a distinct possibility considering the heady atmosphere of a casino combined with the free alcohol.
Of course, the main attraction of gambling in a casino is the possibility of winning large amounts of cash. Anyone seen to be winning such a small fortune is a prime target for criminals, thieves and pickpockets. Whilst most casinos employ security guards to watch over and protect their patrons, there is always the possibility of a gambler being the victim of an assault.
Casinos have a duty of care with respect to their patrons and are legally required to do everything they can to prevent foreseeable accidents. If one of their guests suffers an injury, it should immediately be reported to the casino’s security staff. They will take down the particulars of the accident and ask for a statement to be signed by the victim.
This is all very well if the accident is relatively minor and the victim is not unduly unsettled by it, but if the accident has caused major physical injury and the victim is unable to think clearly, then it is best if they do not sign any statement or other paperwork which may lessen or nullify their legal right to compensation. Once the incident has been reported, the victim’s first concern should be to seek medical treatment. Once this has been accomplished, they would be well advised to seek the services of a personal injury attorney to discuss compensation and other legal options available to them. Trying to make a claim against a casino without the legal aid of such an attorney is not advisable, as the casino will have a risk management team available who will do all they can to limit their liability.Add a commentAdd a comment