Casino Liability for Injuries to Patrons

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 10:00pm by

Atlantic City is famous for its casinos, and millions of people flock to them every year to try their luck and have a good time. Gambling is a billion dollar industry, and in 2010, Atlantic City casinos raked in a total of $3.6 billion in revenue. Unfortunately, however, casinos do not always use that money to protect their patrons from safety hazards and dangerous people.

As a business open to the public, a casino has the same safety responsibilities to its patrons as a restaurant or a shop has to its customers. Casino negligence can manifest itself in various ways and can cause any type of injury, from minor wounds to death. An Atlantic City injury attorney can explain a casino’s duties and how you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries a casino’s negligence caused.

Ways in Which a Casino’s Negligence Can Injure Patrons

Casinos are large properties, and the owners must maintain them by keeping them clean and keeping the mechanical aspects in good, working condition. A casino that does not maintain its premises or take necessary precautions to protect the public is negligent in its duties. Examples of casino negligence with regard to property maintenance include:

  • Elevator and escalator malfunction. Casinos and the hotels that adjoin them use elevators and escalators to transport patrons to their hotel rooms and to the shops and games in the casino. If a casino fails to maintain its elevators or escalators properly, patrons could find themselves seriously hurt, or even worse, a patron could die in an accident.
  • Wet or slippery surfaces. While some people scoff at the severity of slip and fall accidents, they can cause broken bones, head trauma and even spinal cord injuries.
  • Unsafe structures. Poorly maintained drywall, beams and even wet bars and slot machines could fall and injure a patron.
  • Poor lighting and lack of security. A casino may be responsible if an attacker victimizes a patron because the casino’s security was lax or because the lighting was poor.

Casino owners must also hire competent, dependable staff to run the casinos smoothly and keep the patrons’ best interests in mind, such as:

  • Bartenders. Casinos should hire bartenders who do not over serve patrons.
  • Security. Security team members should be alert and present and should not abuse their power.
  • Shuttle drivers. Shuttle driver should have excellent driving records and should never operate shuttles while intoxicated or fatigued.

Injuries can happen to anyone at a casino, from tourists to employees to professional gamblers. If you or a family member has suffered an injury in an Atlantic City casino, make sure you contact an Atlantic City injury lawyer as soon as possible to find out what your rights are.