Partner Loren Young and associate Dillon Coil of LGC’s Las Vegas office obtained a defense verdict in Bazan v. Aria Resort & Casino Holdings, LLC (Case No. A-13-683248-C) following a seven-day trial in Clark County, Nevada. Bazan involved a plaintiff who fell while walking down stairs and sustained a trimalleolar fracture of the right ankle. The plaintiff claimed negligence, negligence per se, and negligent infliction of emotional distress based on several theories of liability pertaining to the design, construction, and maintenance of the subject stairs; slip resistance of the flooring materials; and the alleged presence of liquid. The plaintiff asked the jury for an award of approximately $1,300,000 for medical damages and pain and suffering related to alleged permanent injuries.
At trial, Loren and Dillon established that the subject stairs complied with all codes and standards, that no liquid was present, that Aria reasonably inspects the premises to find any unknown dangerous conditions, and that Plaintiff simply stumbled and twisted her ankle. After only one hour of deliberations, the jury returned a unanimous verdict for the defense and found no negligence on the part of Aria.