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Every property owner has a legal obligation to ensure that they do not put others in danger. This means that when you walk on a public sidewalk, the government must make sure that the sidewalk is in a safe condition so pedestrians do not trip on a crack or step in a large hole. When you visit a store, the owner has a legal obligation to make sure that the premises are safe. When you visit a friend’s house, the home should not be in such a state of disrepair that you risk injuring yourself.
Unfortunately, sometimes property owners fall short, and accidents happen. One of the most common accidents that occur when owners fail to maintain their property is a slip and fall accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a slip and fall, the Denver accident lawyers at Levine Law can answer questions about your legal rights. We can also represent you in a case against the property owner who was responsible for your fall.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen almost anywhere. Restaurants, stores, sidewalks, private homes, hospitals, apartment buildings, and hotels are all common places in which visitors fall and injure themselves. These falls can cause serious injury including broken bones, traumatic brain injury or brain damage, spinal cord injury, or even death.
Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Slippery floors such as marble or ceramic tile floors
- Wet floors
- Overcrowded or debris-strewn store aisles
- Stairs with uneven or narrow treads
- Stairs with broken railings
- Walkways or pathways with debris
- Cracked or uneven sidewalks
- Flooring with uneven surfaces
- Carpets that slip or slide on floors
- Sudden dips or drops in flooring elevation
- Ice and snow on sidewalks and parking lots
In some cases, the slip and fall accident occurs because the property owner or the party in charge of the property fails to make sure that the space is in good condition or that visitors have adequate warning of dangers. Property owners have an obligation to either correct hazards or warn visitors and guests of those hazards, and this obligation can vary depending upon the reason you were on the property. For example, if you visited a store, a restaurant, or another place for business reasons, property owners are obligated to inspect regularly for dangers. If you were visiting a friend, on the other hand, then the property owner has only the obligation to correct or warn you of dangers they know or should know about; they are not required to inspect for problems.
In a slip and fall case, therefore, you must establish why you were on the property, prove what obligation the property owner had to you, and show that the property owner (or person responsible for the property) fell short of his obligations. You also must establish that the property owner’s failure was the direct cause of your harm.
If you can establish that the property owner or person responsible for the property was negligent and caused your injury, you can recover compensation for your economic and non-economic losses resulting from the fall.
A Denver Accident Attorney Can Help
Slip and fall cases can involve complex and technical legal points, especially in proving what duty the property owner owed to you. If the slip and fall occurred on public property, special rules for suing the government make a legal action even more complex. You need an experienced advocate on your side, and a Denver accident lawyer can help you to understand and enforce your legal rights.
At the Denver personal injury law firm of Levine Law, our slip and fall attorneys are here to help. We have more than 20 years of experience representing injured victims, including those injured in falls, and we can put our legal experience to work on your case. Give us a call any time at (303) 333–8000 in order to schedule your free consultation and learn how we can represent you. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.