By Sean Whaley | Nevada News Bureau
CARSON CITY — The latest report
by the National Insurance Crime Bureau ranks Las Vegas fifth in the nation for questionable slip-and-fall claims despite being just the 30th largest city in the United States.
Most businesses carry insurance to financially protect them should someone become injured as a result of a legitimate accident. However, criminals fake slip-and-fall injuries in order to submit fraudulent claims against the business or the business’s insurer.
“The cost of these claims goes into the cost we all pay for retail goods,” said Bryan Wachter, director of Government Affairs for the Retail Association of Nevada
There are further costs when courts are tied up with fraudulent or frivolous claims, and when business owners have to take time out to defend against them, he said.