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$100’s of Millions Recovered for Clients

Prior Cases

  • Defective Floor Mat – $1,600,000
  • Defective Walkway – $1,055,000
  • Swimming Pool – $600,000
  • Slip on Food – $525,000
  • Defective Sidewalk – $1,950,000
  • Premises Fire – $2,010,000
  • Electrocution – $950,000
  • Food Reaction – $1,800,000
  • Trip & Fall – $525,000
  • Premises Fire – $7,085,000
  • Improperly Marked Hazard – $1,400,000
  • Negligent Security – $487,500
  • Slip & Fall – $330,000
  • Water in Elevator- $250,000
  • Slip & Fall – $300,000
  • Slip & Fall – $300,000
  • Pool Diving – $1,800,000
  • Slip & Fall – $630,000
  • Trip & Fall – $450,000
  • Defective Doorway – $250,000
  • Slip on Fluid- $975,000
  • Trip & Fall – $106,250
  • Fall from Rock Wall – $1,697,000
  • Negligent Security – $487,500
  • Slip & Fall – $330,000
  • Water in Elevator- $250,000
  • Slip & Fall – $300,000


Slip & Fall

Have you slipped and fallen on a wet, slippery floor? This is one of the most common hotel dangers. We can help.

Slip & Fall Injury

Slipping on a wet floor or tripping on an unseen obstacle can result in serious injuries. Victims of “slip and fall” accidents may break bones, injure organs, suffer brain and spinal injuries sometimes resulting in paralysis, and at times even suffer fatal injuries. Property owners such as offices, stores and entertainment venues are legally required to maintain safe and healthy settings for their guests and are financially responsible to their guests for failure to do so.

If you or someone you love has fallen and suffered an injury as a result of the negligence of a property owner, call The Cottle Firm today for a Free evaluation and evaluation of your potential case. You may be entitled to a substantial cash reward.

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Security Abuse

Hotel Security is supposed to help, but when they fail to act or act beyond the lawful scope of their authority, avoidable injuries happen.

Security Abuse Injury

Nearly every notable Las Vegas Hotel & Casino employs security personnel to maintain order on the property while guests responsibly enjoy themselves. When a guest’s “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas” revelries cross the line of propriety, Nevada law gives certain latitude to these private security employees to appropriately and respectfully address the situation until such time as police can arrive, if necessary.

Security personnel, like any other hotel employee, come from varied backgrounds and have unique disposition and personalities. All too often, though, their actions cross the line from appropriate to abusive. If you believe you have been subjected to abuses committed by hotel security, call The Cottle Firm today. We have extensive experience in prosecuting civil cases against hotels for the abuses committed by their security personnel and will fight to ensure justice is done.

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Pool Injuries

A pool can be a dangerous place. Injuries from slips, diving accidents, or worse, drowning.
Injured? Call today.

Pool Injuries

With Sin City summer temperatures hitting 115 degrees or more, Las Vegas Hotels & Casinos have sought to refresh their guests with the construction of spectacularly luxurious swimming pool amenities. Sparkling waters and swaying palm trees allow guests to let down their hair and relax away the afternoon hours.

Having investigated poolside injuries at Las Vegas hotels for many years, The Cottle Firm has noted that a hotel’s emphasis on aesthetic and appearance is seldom met by the substance of safety and security. Inadequate inspections of the quality and condition of the materials with which the guests come into contact often results in hazardous conditions leading to serious, debilitating injuries. Far too many avoidable, unnecessary pool injuries have occurred on account of inadequate hotel safety measures, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars lost in medical bills and wages. Call The Cottle Firm today and help us make our hotels safer for our tourists by holding them accountable for avoidable injuries.

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Furniture Accidents

One of the most unexpected injuries in a hotel is a fall or injury from defective or overused furniture or chairs.

Furniture Accident Injury

Las Vegas Hotels & Casinos staff small armies of engineers responsible to ensure the rooms they rent and the amenities they make available to the visiting tourists and locals remain in tip top shape and are free of any hazards which may cause their valuable guests injury. All too often, however, ineffective inspections and faulty installations of furniture and other furnishings can result in serious, disabling injury to trusting guests.

If you have been injured in a Las Vegas Hotel, call us today. The Cottle Firm has established itself as the preeminent injury law firm in Southern Nevada for prosecuting civil cases against hotels that have breached their duty to their guests to provide a safe environment. In certain cases we can assist our out-of-state visitors, unfamiliar with local medical providers, in facilitating appropriate medical treatment.

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Have Questions About Your Injury? We Have Answers

Is it okay for me to speak with the hotel after my injury?
If you are injured in a hotel, you should be certain to report the injury to the hotel management. They will likely dispatch a security officer to investigate the injury, taking photographs and statements from witnesses. Their report will document the incident did, in fact, occur.
The hotel wants me to sign a document after investigating my injury. Should I do it?
Don’t ever sign a document you don’t understand. Call us for a free consultation and review of the document before you inadvertently release the hotel from any responsibility for your injuries.
Can I just try to work this out with the hotel’s Risk Management Department?
Risk Management Departments provide varying levels of responsiveness to guest complaints of injury at their hotels. If your injury deserves serious attention and you hope to receive full value of your injury, you should contact us right away. We are tough, experienced negotiators and can ascertain whether the Risk Management Department is treating you fairly.
Why do I need to “Call Today?” Can’t it wait until my vacation is over?
The sooner you call after your injury, the sooner we can deliver formal notice to the casino of their obligation to preserve critical, relevant evidence to your case. Surveillance video, reports, memories, and physical conditions can be deleted, lost, fade, or change over time. It is absolutely critical that you call as soon as possible.
They offered to send me to the hospital in an ambulance, but won’t pay for it. Why not?
In Nevada, a hotel will not be responsible for any of your medical costs unless it can first be shown the injury arose from some unreasonably hazardous condition. In the meantime, get the care that you need to get better and call us right away to ensure we can efficiently pursue your claim for reimbursement of costs as well as compensation for your pain, suffering, and wage loss. If you don’t have health insurance or are concerned with your out-of-network deductibles, our firm can provide referrals to excellent medical providers who can provide initial treatment until you return home and see your doctor.
I don’t live in Las Vegas. Can I still pursue a claim against a Las Vegas hotel?
As long as you are represented by an attorney licensed in the State of Nevada, you can fully prosecute any bona fide civil claim against a Las Vegas hotel. Call us today. Many of our clients reside out of state and we are able to work together without difficulty.
I’m not from here and I don’t know where to go to receive care for my injury?
It is absolutely critical to your physical health and the health of your potential legal case that your injuries are evaluated by a medical professional after an incident at a Las Vegas hotel. Seeing a doctor soon will give you peace of mind and will document the injury took place. If you don’t know where to go, call us right away. We can assist in coordinating a visit to well-regarded professionals whether you have health insurance or not.
How long will my case take to settle?

Claims settle after a Demand is made on the insurance company for payment; a Demand must include sufficient information about the injuries to the victims to justify the maximum settlement possible. Claims take between 30 days and 60 days after you are discharged from your last doctor. Once we have all the relevant medical records, verification of lost income, or other necessary records, we prepare a Demand to the insurance company, which reviews the accident, course of treatment, your injuries, and demands compensation for your injuries and losses.

The insurance company has 30 days to respond to a Demand. The insurance company must either: (1) offer a settlement or (2) request 30 additional days to evaluate the Demand. Once the insurance company has all the necessary information they will make an offer. If necessary, your attorney will make a counter offer, and the process will continue until a settlement is agreed to by both sides.

How long will it take to get my settlement check?

After the insurance company has agreed to pay a specific amount in settlement, they require a written Release to be signed by the victim before they will issue a check for settlement. Once the insurance company has the Release, generally they provide the check within 10 days (but they may take as long as 30 days). The check will be deposited and the bank is allowed 10 days to hold the check to ensure that it clears the account before they must release the funds for disbursements. All settlement checks go into an Attorney’s Trust Account and from that account checks are prepared for each person or entity that is paid from the settlement. The client receives a detailed written accounting of every dollar into and out of the Trust account from their settlement.

From discharge by your last treating physician to payment can be as quick as 30 days, or as long as 90 days, depending upon the insurance company, the cooperation from the client in signing necessary papers, and other factors. Your attorney should do everything possible to expedite this process—you should too.

Also, the liens for medical doctors or a demand for reimbursement from the health insurance company should be addressed. This process generally begins at the time of discharge when all the medical bills or payments have been calculated. Again, the doctors and/or insurance companies can delay this process if they refuse to return phone calls or respond to a request for an accounting or reduction.

Will I be compensated for time lost at work?

If you were employed at the time of the accident, you may seek compensation for the time you lost from your job. Your claim for lost income is calculated at: (1) the number of hours that you missed from work, multiplied by (2) your hourly rate. You need to be able to prove each element. If you were self-employed, your lost income is calculated at the reasonable value of the time you lost from work or actual losses established by reduced income during the period of your injuries from the accident. Under this process, you must exclude from your losses all other causes, such as vacation, reduced work force, reduced market, the recession, etc.

If you seek compensation for lost income, you must obtain verification from your employer. We can provide a form to be filled out by your employer where they signed under oath as to the losses you sustained while recovering from your injuries from the accident.

What happens if I still have pain after treatment?

When you are discharged, you should be at maximum medical improvement. This does not mean you are pain-free. It simply means that the doctor cannot help you recover any further. If you continue to have significant pain, you must advise your doctor and your attorney, because you may need to see a specialist.

The most important part of your claim is that you received proper medical attention for all of the injuries from the motor vehicle accident. This may require additional testing to diagnose other problems. You need to know every injury you sustained in the accident so that you can obtain proper medical treatment to protect you for the rest of your life, and seek the maximum compensation for your claim.

“I didn’t think I had any chance of getting anything from the casino when I got hurt. The first attorney I called said I didn’t have a case but Rob got me an amazing settlement.”

Trina B.
Inland Empire, CA
“I injured my back falling in a hallway. I didn’t realize the floor had been recently mopped. Robert not only won the case against the hotel, he got my medical bills and back pay for missed work. I’m so lucky I called the right lawyer.”

Allen V.
Seattle, WA
“No one has ever fought for me like Rob did. I’m very grateful for the money he helped me get from the hotel.”

Mary Beth L.
Las Vegas, NV
“We had gotten a low-ball number…and we were able to settle at 10-times higher than that so I was extremely happy with the outcome of my settlement. I would definitely recommend everyone come to the Cottle Firm.”

Tara D.
“With all they did it took a lot of pressure off…so I was able to focus on physically healing, emotionally healing, showing up for my family and taking care of myself. They did all the heavy lifting I just had to show up. If there is anyone looking for legal advice or is injured I would definitely refer them to the Cottle Firm.”

Bridgett P.
“Matt and Jackie, were just amazing people. Through Matt’s observation and inquisitiveness and astute knowledge of his craft turned what should have been a $30,000 case into a $1,000,000 case. Any time you need an attorney I recommend the Robert Cottle Firm”

Joseph Y.

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Robert W. Cottle

Robert W. Cottle is a respected Trial Lawyer, having tried dozens of cases in many jurisdictions over the past couple of decades. Mr. Cottle was elected the 2015 Trial Lawyer of Nevada, by vote of the lawyers in the State of Nevada. Mr. Cottle has an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating available for lawyers, and that includes participation by judges. Mr. Cottle believes that clients generally do not want to go to trial, but that preparation for trial will return better settlements for clients. Mr. Cottle is known for helping clients with cases worth $15,000 to $15,000,000, and everything in between.

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matthew D. minucci

Matthew Minucci made new law when his brief to the 9th District Federal Court, arguing that exhaustion clauses in insurance contracts are void and unenforceable under Colorado law, was adopted by both the 9th Circuit and the Colorado Court of Appeals. Mr. Minucci graduated from the University of Albany, cum laude, with Bachelor Degrees in History and Psychology. He attended law school at St. John’s University on academic scholarship thanks in part to scoring in the 99th percentile on his law school entrance exam. He earned his Juris Doctorate in 1997.

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Matthew G. Holland

Matthew G. Holland is an experienced and respected trial lawyer who has exclusively devoted his practice to representing members of the Las Vegas community who have been injured through no fault of their own. By virtue of his enthusiastic commitment to his client’s cause for justice, Mr. Holland has been awarded an AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubble and was recognized as a 2016 and 2017 Super Lawyers Mountain States Rising Star. He is an America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement recipient and lifetime member of the exclusive Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

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Daniel M. Ryan

Daniel M. Ryan, Esq. is an associate attorney at The Cottle Firm. He was born and raised in Las Vegas and received the entirety of his education at Nevada institutions. Daniel graduated with distinction from the University of Nevada Reno with a Bachelors in English and Minor in History. He thereafter attended the William S. Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was a member of Law Review, externed in federal court, and earned several accolades, including awards in Trial Advocacy and Client Counseling.

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