Slip and Fall Attorneys Serving Clients in Denver
No one expects to get hurt in a slip and fall accident. However, slips, trips, and falls can happen to anyone, and they can occur at any time of the year. Whether you slipped and fell inside a restaurant or grocery store because of a spilled liquid, or outside a business on a patch of ice in the wintertime, you may be able to seek compensation by filing a premises liability lawsuit. An experienced Denver slip and fall attorney can examine your case today.
What is a Slip and Fall Lawsuit?
Slip and fall claims are lawsuits that fall under an area of the law known as premises liability. Premises liability law is one area within personal injury law that holds that property owners can be held liable when they do not keep their properties free from certain hazards. In Colorado, premises liability law is governed by C.R.S. § 13-21-115, or actions against landowners.
While slip and fall cases have different facts and varying degrees of complexity, they often occur because someone was negligent. Generally speaking, a property owner has a duty to take reasonable steps to keep his or her property free from dangers to other people who might be on the property.
Premises Liability Law in Colorado
Under the language of the Colorado statute, the law distinguishes between different types of people who may come onto a property owner’s land. Those three types of people include:
- Invitee: someone who enters the property for a business transaction in which both parties have mutual interest, or someone who enters the property in response to the “landowner’s express or implied representation that the public is requested, expected, or intended to enter or remain.”
- Licensee: someone who enters the property for his or her own convenience, but with the landowner’s permission. Social guests are included in this category.
- Trespasser: someone who does not have permission to enter the property.
Different levels of care are required to each category of person under Colorado law. It is important to discuss your case with a Denver premises liability lawyer to determine your relationship to the property owner and whether she or he may be liable for your injuries.
Learning More About Slips, Trips, and Falls
Where do slips and falls happen? And how can we prevent them? According to a pamphlet from the National Safety Council (NSC), falls result in nearly 9 million emergency department visits every year and in more than 25,000 deaths. The NSC recommends the following tips to prevent falls:
- Clean up any spills as quickly as possible;
- Do not walk on wet floors;
- Remove cords and other tripping hazards from high-traffic areas; Use non-skid pads under rugs;
- Wear shoes that have slip-resistant soles;
- Install and use handrails on staircases; and
- Regularly check the condition of walkways and steps, and repair any damage or slipping conditions immediately.
Contact a Denver Slip and Fall Attorney Today
Were you recently injured in a slip and fall accident? You may be eligible to file a claim for financial compensation. An aggressive slip and fall attorney in Denver can discuss your options with you today. Contact Robinson & Henry, P.C. for more information about how we can assist in your case.