Denver Slip and Fall Lawyers
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 lawyers at Levine Law can answer questions about your legal rights. A Denver slip and fall attorney at our firm 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 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.
What Should Property Owners Do to Prevent Trips and Falls?
There are several steps that property owners can – and should – take to prevent trip and fall injuries on their premises. The fact that trip and fall accidents are so easily prevented is precisely why property owners deserve to be held accountable when their carelessness or oversights lead to costly and painful injuries. The following are just some examples of simple steps that residential and commercial property owners can take to protect their visitors and guests:
- Ensure that the edges of rugs and mats do not present trip hazards
- Ensure that all areas that are publicly-accessible are well lit at all times
- Secure any cables that cross walkways or pedestrian areas
- Maintain all flooring surfaces and floor coverings, repairing or replacing any worn or cracked areas as necessary
- Install signage to warn of uneven surfaces, and paint curbs and curb stops to increase their visibility
If you were injured on someone else’s property, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation. Our experienced legal team can investigate to determine the cause of the accident, and we can quickly collect the evidence needed to secure your financial recovery.
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.
Slips and Falls at Colorado Ski Resorts
Skiing is a popular activity across the state, both for Colorado residents and the thousands of people who visit each year to hit the slopes. It also comes with the risk of injury.
Nearly 1,500 people suffer traumatic injuries in skiing accidents in Colorado every season, according to data compiled by Safe Slopes Colorado. Although many of those crashes come on the slopes, slips and falls are also relatively common for ski resort visitors while getting on and off of lifts or otherwise navigating snowy, icy and slippery surfaces.
Ski resorts may be liable when these accidents happen. The companies operating resorts often look to limit or avoid liability by burying language on the back of a lift ticket indicating that the ticket holder agrees to release the company from any legal responsibility. The effect of these waivers varies based on the situation.
A Denver slip and fall lawyer at our firm can evaluate your case and explain your rights and options.
Accidents at Pools in Colorado
Pool season typically is not as long as ski season in Colorado, but that does not stop people from hitting the water when temperatures rise and snow melts.
Unfortunately, pool accidents can and do happen. Slick, cluttered or poorly maintained pool decks are often to blame for slips and falls. That is not to mention the risk of drowning, which is more common than many people think.
Pool owners have a legal duty to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn visitors of safety hazards. They also have a duty to take certain steps to prevent children from getting into pools after hours or unattended, including by using fences, gates and locks.
Slips and Falls at Denver Workplaces
Whether you are an office jockey or working on a construction site, slips and falls can cause serious injuries. These accidents often come with significant medical bills and injuries that prevent a person from immediately returning to the job and earning a paycheck.
Slips and falls on the job are generally covered by Colorado’s workers’ compensation system. Virtually all employers in the state are required to pay into the system so that benefits are available for employees injured in accidents at work.
The two primary benefits are medical care and compensation for at least some of an injured employee’s missed wages during recuperation. The total amount available and the duration of the payments vary based on the extent of the injury and its impact on the person’s ability to return to the job or other suitable employment.
Slip and Fall FAQs
At Levine Law, our lawyers combine decades of experience assisting people and families injured in slip and fall and other accidents. We also have an established track record of getting successful results for our clients.
Here are some of the most common slip and fall questions that we get.
How Do I Know if I Have a Case After My Trip and Fall?
That depends on a number of different factors, including the extent of any evidence proving that a particular individual or entity is legally responsible for your injury.
In order to be able to get compensation for a slip and fall accident, you have to be able to prove liability. In a slip and fall case against a property owner, that means showing that the property was in a dangerous condition, that the owner knew or should have known about the condition, that the owner did not take adequate steps to address the hazard and that you were injured as a result.
How Much is My Case Worth?
Money damages in personal injury cases are generally meant to compensate an injured person for the financial impact of the injuries.
Economic damages commonly include money for medical bills, missed wages and any long-term impact on the person’s ability to earn a living. Additional, non-economic, damages may also be awarded to pain and suffering and the impact of the injuries on the person’s quality of life, in some cases.
What if the Fall Was Partly My Fault?
Colorado operates under a comparative negligence system, which allows a person who is partly to blame for a slip and fall or other accident to still seek some compensation from other responsible parties. As long as the person is found to be no more than 50% responsible for the accident, his or her compensation will simply be reduced based on proportionate fault.
A Denver Slip and Fall Attorney at Levine Law 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 to make a legal action even more complex. You need an experienced advocate on your side, and an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you to understand and enforce your legal rights.
At Levine Law, our slip and fall attorneys are here to help. We have more than 20 years of experience representing injured victims in Denver and throughout Colorado, 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 or contact us online in order to schedule your free consultation and learn how we can represent you. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.