The cause of too many slip and falls in Colorado is property owner negligence. In other words, the owner (or a tenant in possession of the property) fails to take reasonable steps to address slip and fall hazards on their premises, or at the very least, to warn visitors about the risks they face. As a result of their neglect, a visitor may suffer serious injuries in a fall.
Here, we discuss some of the leading factors involved in slip and falls in Colorado. If you recently suffered slip and fall injuries, contact The Sawaya Law Firm to discuss your rights and learn about your potential legal options. Our law firm has more than 40 years of experience in this area of the law. We can provide a free consultation.
What Is Considered a Slip and Fall Accident in Colorado?
“Slip and fall” is the term that people use to describe a fall that occurs on the same level. For instance, a slip and fall may happen if a person loses his or her footing due to a wet, slick floor or due to a snag in the carpeting.
A slip and fall is a type of premises liability case. This means that the case involves laws which specifically apply to property owners (and managers) and which spell out the duties which they owe to visitors. Generally, under the Colorado Premises Liability Statute, store owners owe the highest level of duty to their customers.
A slip and fall can occur anywhere. However, these accidents most often happen on commercial property such as stores, malls, restaurants and office buildings. They also frequently occur in parking lots, on sidewalks and on stairs. Slip and falls can also occur on residential property.
Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Colorado
Many different types of hazards can cause slip and fall accidents in Colorado. Some of the most common causes that we have seen over the years are:
- Uncleared snow, ice and/or slush
- Spilled liquid in a store or restaurant aisle
- Freshly mopped walkways (without proper warning signs)
- Cords or other obstacles strewn across walking areas
- Torn or frayed carpeting
- Broken steps on staircases
- Lack of hand rails or guard rails
- Inadequate lighting
- Holes in pavement
- Sudden changes in elevation.
In Colorado, the companies who insure property owners often try to avoid liability by arguing that a visitor suffered slip and fall injuries due to his or her own negligence. It is important to work with an attorney who will thoroughly investigate your slip and fall accident and aggressively challenge any efforts to shift blame to you.
Most Common Injuries from Slip and Fall Accidents in Colorado
Slip and falls can result in a wide range of injuries. These injuries may be caused by hitting the ground hard, or they may be due to the sudden, awkward way that your body twists in a fall. Among the slip and fall clients we have served over the years at The Sawaya Law Firm, some of the most common injuries we have seen are:
- Fractures – Many people suffer broken ankles, legs and hips in slip and falls. A fractured hip, in particular, can carry life-threatening complications. Some people suffer broken wrists, arms and shoulders from bracing for a fall.
- Soft tissue injuries – Some slip and fall victims tear muscles, tendons and ligaments in their ankles, knees, wrists and shoulders in a fall. A torn knee ligament can potentially be a debilitating injury.
- Brain injury – Victims who hit the ground hard may suffer a concussion or a more severe form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even the sudden shaking that occurs in a slip and fall could cause brain damage.
- Spinal cord injury – If the spine suffers a traumatic blow, it could cause harm ranging from a herniated or bulging disc to nerve damage that results in paralysis.
If you have suffered any type of injury in a slip and fall due to a property owner’s negligence, you owe it to yourself to seek maximum compensation for your losses. An attorney from The Sawaya Law Firm can fully review your injuries and determine their impact on your ability to work and enjoy life as you did before. The attorney can demand compensation that covers all of your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress and more.
What Should I Do After a Slip and Fall Accident in Colorado?
If you are hurt in a slip and fall, you should contact The Sawaya Law Firm as soon as you are ready to take legal action. We can provide a free consultation about your case. If we agree to work together, we will charge no fees unless we recover compensation for you.
As you prepare to meet with us, you can take steps that will help your potential case. Those steps include:
- Get prompt medical attention. If you have not done so, you should see a doctor as early as possible. A doctor will know how to fully evaluate you and determine the nature and extent of your injuries.
- Report the accident. You should tell the property owner or party in possession of the property that your slip and fall accident occurred. You should give this notice in writing (a short letter, for instance) or even use an accident report form that a store provides to you.
- Keep everything related to the incident. Hold on to the clothes you wore, the pictures you took of the accident scene and the names and contact information of any witnesses. You should also keep copies or your medical bills and receipts from other accident-related expenses.
- Don’t talk with the insurance company. If the property owner’s insurance company contacts you, then you can refer the insurer to The Sawaya Law Firm. You should talk with your lawyer first before you give any statement or accept a settlement offer.
Get Help from Our Colorado Slip and Fall Attorneys Today
If a property owner’s negligence caused you to suffer slip and fall injuries, The Sawaya Law Firm will work quickly and aggressively to protect your rights and pursue all compensation you are due. Contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation through our offices in Denver, Greeley or Colorado Springs.