If you were hurt in a fall on someone else’s property, seek medical help first and then contact us. Slip & fall accidents can be some of the most complicated cases to pursue. Because there are multiple safety regulations and laws that public venues and businesses in Colorado must adhere to, it’s important to work with our firm after a fall to determine whether the elements of a premises liability case are present.
Property owners in Colorado are responsible for maintaining a safe and hazard-free environment for invitees. When they fail to uphold their duty of care and someone is hurt, they can be held liable for damages.
Millions of people visit emergency rooms across the United States every year after becoming injured in slip and fall accidents. The injuries that are caused by slip & fall accidents can range from minor bumps and bruises, cuts and lacerations, and pulled muscles to serious head, neck or back injuries, and even death. When slip & fall accidents happen, victims are often left with extensive medical bills, the inability to work, severe pain, emotional trauma, and other burdens that make recovery challenging.
Especially when businesses and large corporations are involved, insurance companies and legal teams will stop at nothing to minimize injury claims or redirect fault so they can deny payouts altogether. When you contact us:
When you are injured in a slip & fall accident on someone’s property, there are a few elements you must prove to establish negligence and obtain compensation. For premises liability law to apply, the following must be established.
Ownership or Possession of the Premises and the Duty of Care
In most circumstances, property owners and managers are obligated to keep you safe and address any hazardous conditions that may cause you harm. To establish liability, however, it must be shown that the entity in question had ownership or possession of the land or facilities, and that a duty of care was owed to you. While a duty of care is owed to invitees regardless of the type of property, no duty is typically owed to trespassers. Children are sometimes an exception to this rule.
Breach of Duty
Breach of duty can occur when a property owner or manager fails to reasonably address hazardous conditions by making repairs, notifying guests of the presence of the hazard, or barricading the dangerous condition to prevent invitees from encountering it and becoming injured. Violations of health and safety codes, providing insufficient security, and failing to maintain unsafe conditions are examples of breach of duty.
Causation and Damages
To achieve success in a premises liability case after a slip & fall accident, it must be shown that harm occurred and that the property owner’s or manager’s breach of duty caused your injuries. Falling down the stairs because you were drunk does not constitute negligence by a property owner. Becoming injured on the stairs because of a broken handrail, however, is grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
If you were hurt in a slip and fall, don’t try to negotiate with the insurance company or the owner of the property. Don’t make any statements or sign any checks. Instead call us as soon as you are medically able so we can discuss your case.
To make sure you get the most out of your injury claim, call 720-696-9088