Patches of ice, wet spots, loose carpet, exposed wires and other trouble spots contribute to thousands of on-the-job slip and fall accidents every year and workers can suffer serious injuries as a result. Slip and fall accidents can cause broken bones; back, neck and head trauma; bruises; physical scars and disfigurements and other debilitating injuries that could require extensive surgery, care and rehabilitation processes.
Winter weather does not help conditions and ice and snow can create prime spots for potential danger. Employers have a responsibility to keep their employees and any visitors to their premises safe, and that duty can include mopping up spills, clearly marking wet floors and even salting the sidewalks and commonly traveled paths for employees.
In Colorado, Section 13-80-102 of the Revised Statutes designates the statute of limitations as two years for a slip and fall victim to bring a tort claim against the negligent party. After the two-year period, action cannot be taken, which could leave a victim dealing with medical bills and care expenses following an injury.
If a slip and fall accident occurred on government property, however, the timeframes are different. CRS 24-10-109, Colorado’s governmental immunity laws, stipulate that a slip and fall victim has to file formal written notice of a lawsuit to the entity in charge of the property within 180 days of the incident.
Injuries Crop Up Over Time
In some cases, a slip and fall accident that does not result in immediately visible injuries can be dismissed either by the victim or the employer as not being that serious. However, a fall down a flight of stairs may leave you with nasty bruises that are visible after a few days and back pain that you feel the next time you slip, over-extend yourself or try to lift something heavy, for example. This pain can be connected to the fall you had a few weeks or days earlier, but the injury may not have been apparent at the time.
For this reason, it is critical to contact a workers’ compensation attorney in your area immediately after a fall on the job. You should be sure to visit a doctor or emergency center as well to have the extent of your fall documented and get a doctor’s opinion on potential side effects or injuries that may happen as a result.
Slip and fall accident cases are some of the most difficult court battles for Denver workers’ compensation attorneys because it can be hard to prove negligence on the part of the employer or property owner. Additionally, insurance companies and even your employer’s human resources team may make it tough for you to bring a lawsuit against your employer by creating a great deal of red tape or finding loopholes to keep you from filing.
At Levine Law, a Denver law firm, our workers’ compensation attorneys help employees who have been injured on the job file claims and get financial compensation for injuries and expenses while they are incapacitated. To discuss your case, contact Jordan Levine today.