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Denver Slip and Fall Attorneys

Suffering an injury in a slip and fall accident can derail your ability to work, which leads to difficulties paying your bills. The experienced Colorado slip and fall attorneys from Bachus & Schanker LLC are here to fight for your right to compensation when injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property.

Why Work with a Slip and Fall Attorney in Colorado

Why should you work with a slip and fall attorney in Colorado? The moments following a slip and fall accident are scary, stressful, and challenging to handle. You will likely go to the hospital for treatment, which costs thousands of dollars, and you will surely have questions about legal ramifications.

When you become a part of our family, we will provide you with compassionate, knowledgeable, and thorough representation. We care about our clients and want the best for them when dealing with an injury. We offer our clients the following:

  • Experience representing clients in court
  • A commitment to serve you
  • Extensive experience handling personal injury claims all over Colorado
  • A contingency fee payment program

The Types of Slip and Fall Accidents

There are four main groups of slip and fall accident, and they include the following:

  • Slip and fall: slipping and falling on a wet or greasy floor
  • Stump and fall: an impediment to your progress is present on a walking surface, such as a cord or other item
  • Trip and fall: when a foreign object is in your pathway that is usually clear, such as a box or other item
  • Step and fall: when a hole or other failure is present in a walking surface, such as a pothole, missing manhole cover or other gaps in a sidewalk or pavement

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

The majority of slip and fall accidents happen in business or retail settings. Slip and fall accidents come under the section of law known as premises liability. The most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Unmarked hazardous areas or objects
  • Damaged driveways, walkways, sidewalks, stairwells\
  • Inadequate lighting, security, and maintenance
  • Improperly maintained staircases
  • Failing to remove ice or snow
  • Failing to keep walkways free of debris or other hazards

Where Slip and Falls Happen the Most

As mentioned earlier, the majority of slip and fall accidents happen in business settings. For example, customers of retail stores often slip and fall on puddles of water or other liquid in the aisles, on snow or ice outside the front door, or in the parking lot of the store because there isn’t enough lighting to show hazards in front of them.

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Starting a Claim After a Slip and Fall

If you have been injured in a Colorado slip and fall accident, you likely want to know how to go about starting a claim. The first step is always to seek medical attention. An insurance company or a defense attorney will want to see proof that you sought medical treatment following the accident. After that, follow these steps:

  • Report the incident immediately to a property owner or manager
  • Call 911 to have medical personnel respond
  • Gather evidence from the scene (take pictures)
  • Speak to witnesses of the accident
  • Ask for a police report of the accident
  • Speak to your insurance company
  • Speak to a personal injury attorney

What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident

The actions you take or don’t take after a slip and fall accident can help or hinder your legal claim down the road. Make sure you report the incident to a property manager or owner immediately. You should then contact authorities so that police and emergency medical personnel can respond to write a report and evaluate your injuries. Never accept a settlement offer from the property owner’s insurance company before speaking to a personal injury attorney.

Colorado Premises Liability Laws for Slip and Fall

Colorado premises liability law is the law that governs how property owners are to care for their property. Property owners, under premises liability laws, are required to provide their guests with a duty of care. This duty of care, when violated, can lead to a legal claim against the property owner.

Property owners must provide their visitors with a duty of care to keep them safe from known and unknown hazards and to remediate those hazards promptly. A property owner does not owe trespassers a complete duty of care because they are on the property illegally. If children are involved, it must be taken into account that they might not understand the dangers or hazards present on someone else’s property.

What You Need to Prove to Win a Slip and Fall Case

To win a Colorado slip and fall case, you will need to prove the following in a claim against a property owner:

  • The property owner was responsible for the hazard present that led to your injury
  • The property owner knew that there was a hazardous situation present and then failed to repair the hazard
  • The property owner knew there was a hazardous situation present and failed to warn visitors
  • The property owner had a duty to provide you with safe conditions because you were on the property as a guest, customer, or neighbor

What Kind of Damages Are Available in a Slip and Fall Case?

As a victim of a Colorado slip and fall accident, you are entitled to various damages that can be recovered. These damages and the extent will be determined based on the severity of your injuries. Damages that can be recovered with the help of Colorado slip and fall attorneys include the following:

  • Current and future lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Permanent disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of the quality of your life
  • Punitive damages (damages ordered by a judge in an effort to punish the defendant and prevent him or her from allowing such an incident to happen again)

The courts in Colorado operate using the standard of comparative negligence law, which means that if both parties are at fault for the accident, you will need to share in the liability. For example, you can still be awarded damages, but if you had some fault in the slip and fall accident, you will only receive a portion of the damages.

The court will determine who was more at-fault using percentages. A percentage will be assigned to both parties, and the person with the lower percentage will be able to recover damages. For instance, if you were said to be 10 percent at fault, and a jury awarded $100,000 in damages, you would receive $90,000 or 10 percent less than the full award.

How We Can Help

Were you or a loved one injured in a Colorado slip and fall accident? It’s in your best interest to contact the experienced team from Bachus & Schanker LLC to schedule a consultation about your case. Call us today at (303) 222-2222.

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