Denver Slip and Fall Attorneys
Suffering an injury in a slip and fall accident can limit your ability to work, leave you with medical bills, and impact your life in a variety of unexpected ways. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to recover financially for your medical bills and a range of other damages.
The experienced Denver 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
Working with an experienced slip and fall lawyer is the best way to ensure your rights are protected and you can get the maximum compensation possible after an injury accident. The moments after a slip and fall can be stressful, and you may not even know where to start. A skilled attorney will know the exact steps to take to protect your right to recover after suffering injuries in a slip and fall accident.
Your slip and fall attorneys will work with you to conduct a thorough investigation of the factors that led to your accident. They will help ensure the preservation of evidence and handle the discussions with any insurance companies that may be involved. At Bachus & Schanker, LLC, we have extensive experience with a range of different types of slip and falls. We are committed to fighting for our clients, including going to trial if the responsible parties fail to offer a fair settlement. We also operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay any legal fees unless you win.
Common Types of Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
A slip and fall accident can lead to a host of different injuries that range in severity. Understanding the types of injuries you may be facing after a slip and fall can ensure you know how to explain your injuries to your doctor. The helps them build a more comprehensive treatment program, and can help your lawyer include essential information about the nature of your injuries into your claim for compensation.
Some of the most common injuries in a slip and fall accident include:
- Ankle or wrist sprains
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Damage to the knee structure
- Shoulder dislocations
- Nerve or spinal damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accident can happen anywhere. While it is common to experience a slip and fall accident at a business, you may be surprised to learn many of these kinds of accidents take place at home as well. Slip and falls can take place both indoors and outdoors, depending on the conditions present. The most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Damaged driveways, walkways, sidewalks, stairwells
- Inadequate lighting, security, and maintenance
- Environmental conditions such as water, ice, or snow
- Improperly maintained staircases
- Unsafe surface conditions such as uneven surfaces, loose floorboards, or spilled liquids
- Unmarked hazardous areas or objects such as faulty ladders
Starting a Claim After a Slip and Fall
If you have been injured in slip and fall accident, you may have questions about getting started on your claim. Regardless of the circumstances, your first step should always be to seek immediate medical attention after a slip and fall accident. Going to the doctor allows you to get the medical help you need, while also establishing that your injuries are a direct result of the accident. The steps you will take vary depending on the specifics of the accident, but may include:
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Report the accident to the landlord or manager in charge
- Inspect the scene
- Gather evidence including photos of the scene, names and contact information of witnesses, notes on how the accident occurred
- Contact a slip and fall attorney
- Work with your attorney on communications with the insurance company
- Participate in settlement negotiations
- File a lawsuit if negotiations are unsuccessful
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
What you do immediately after a slip and fall accident can have significant impacts on your claim later. It’s essential to report the accident to the property owner or manager immediately. However, you should avoid making any written or recorded statements until you speak with your attorney. This includes speaking with any insurance adjusters as well.
Your attorney will ensure you don’t make costly mistakes or statements that will limit your compensation later. You may also want to compile a case file with any evidence you gathered after the accident, medical bills, records of any expenses related to the accident, communications with the insurance company, documentation details work absences, and anything else related to the accident.
Colorado Premises Liability Laws for Slip and Fall
Colorado premises liability law is what governs all Denver slip and fall accidents. Premises liability refers to the legal responsibility that property owners have to ensure their property is safe for guests. When a property owner doesn’t take enough care to ensure a safe environment, they may be liable for any injuries that occur due to the unsafe conditions.
Business and property owners have a legal responsibility to inspect their property and identify and fix any conditions that may be unsafe for guests. The level of responsibility a property owner has depends on the reason the other person is on the property. When a property owner invites someone else onto the property for the purpose of doing business, the owner has an extremely high duty to keep the property safe. 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 slip and fall case, you will need to prove the following in a claim against a property owner:
- The property owner had a duty to provide you with safe conditions because you were on the property as a guest or customer
- The property owner knew or should have known that a dangerous condition existed on their property and failed to take steps to fix it
- The property owner was responsible for the dangerous condition present that led to your injury
What Kind of Damages Are Available in a Slip and Fall Case?
As a victim of a Denver slip and fall accident, you are entitled to a wide range of recoverable damages. What you are able to recover will be dependent on the exact circumstances of your accident, including the severity of your injuries and the actual economic losses you experienced after.
Damages that can be recovered with the help of a skilled slip and fall attorney include the following:
- Current and future lost wages
- Medical expenses now and in the future
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of the quality of your life
- Permanent disability
The courts in Colorado operate using the standard of comparative negligence, which means that if both parties were responsible, the level of compensation for the injured party would be reduced by the percentage of which they are found to be responsible for the accident. In Colorado, as long as the injured party is not more than 50 percent responsible for the accident, they retain their right to compensation.
For example, 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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