If you were here visiting our famous Las Vegas casinos on a vacation or business trip or you are a resident who was out for a night of fun, your main concern could have been keeping to your gambling budget. However, your night of fun could be anything but if you suffered a slip and fall at the casino on spilled food or drinks or crashed to the floor from your broken slot machine chair. If this happened to you—or if you fell at another business, rental property, or person’s home—you will want to understand Nevada’s statute of limitations to be certain you do not wait too long to file a claim for the compensation you could be entitled to.
What Is a Statute of Limitations?
The statute of limitations is the time limit under Nevada law that you have to file a lawsuit. There are time periods to sue for all types of legal claims—such as civil assault and battery, employment discrimination, car accidents, medical malpractice, and zoning appeals. In addition, these time periods can be different depending on the type of legal claim you need to file.
What Is the Statute of Limitations in a Slip and Fall Case?
There are a few time periods that could affect a slip and fall case in Nevada. Important time limits you need to keep in mind include:
- The time limit to sue for injuries or death is two years.
- The time limit to sue for property damages is three years.
You also need to be aware of when the statute of limitations begins to run. The rules change depending on whether the accident victim was injured or died. The following laws apply:
- If you were injured or your property was damaged, the time period begins running on the date of your fall.
- If a family member died as a result of the slip and fall and you need to file a wrongful death action, the two-year time period starts running on the date of your loved one’s death.
What Happens If You Miss the Time Limit to Sue?
The statute of limitations is a fairly strict deadline. If you do not file a lawsuit on time, you could be prevented from filing one. If you sued anyway after the deadline expired, the judge would most likely dismiss your lawsuit quickly.
In rare cases, the statute of limitations can be extended or “tolled.” For example, if you did not suffer injuries from your fall right away or reasonably did not realize they were caused by your slip and fall, the time period to sue could be extended. It is always best to consult with an experienced slip and fall attorney who will understand the exceptions to the statute of limitations under Nevada law.
Did you slip and fall at a casino or another business? We urge you to contact us as soon as possible to not miss the deadline to sue. Fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.