Denver Slip and Fall Attorney
If you suffered an injury due to a dangerous condition, you may have a slip and fall accident case. It is critical to talk to a personal injury attorney right away about your case.
Slip and fall accidents, also known as premises liability cases, involve injuries caused by dangerous conditions. These accidents can result in serious injuries requiring invasive treatment and significant medical bills. Often responsible parties and their insurance companies fight aggressively to defend against these injury claims. At Front Range Injury Attorneys, we represent people injured through no fault of their own get medical treatment and compensation for injuries caused by somebody else’s negligence. Immediate action to protect your slip and fall injury claim is often necessary to preserve evidence of the dangerous condition. Contact our office immediately for a free case review.
Why Choose Front Range Injury Attorneys?
At Front Range Injury Attorneys we care about helping our clients throughout their cases. We believe clients are best served when our personal injury attorneys participate in their cases from start to finish. We help our clients get the best treatment for their injuries. By building up your case from the beginning, we build a strong case to get the best results.
How we can help you
Watch this video to see managing attorney Adam Kielich discuss slip and fall accidents and how our law firm can help you recover for your losses.
Contact our office to discuss your Colorado slip and fall accident case. We offer free case reviews for injury and accident cases across the state.
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When is it necessary to hire a Denver slip and fall attorney?
Generally, insurance companies representing businesses and other property owners in slip and fall accidents refuse to deal with victims without attorneys. They rarely acknowledge liability for your injuries and will offer little or nothing on your claim. They understand you do not have the knowledge or experience to prove your claim, let alone sue them in court.
Our Denver personal injury lawyers understand how to investigate and build a slip and fall case. We let the insurance company know right away that they need to take the claim seriously or we will take them to trial. Early involvement with slip and fall lawyers ensures the best opportunity to protect and obtain evidence of the dangerous condition that caused your injuries. That can be the biggest factor to bringing your case to a good result.
What kind of compensation can I get in a slip and fall case?
After a slip and fall injury, you likely have medical bills, lost wages and other financial losses caused by your injuries. You likely also have non-financial damages caused by the injuries. These damages are valuable and part of harm caused by your injuries. Our slip and fall attorneys in Denver help clients recover maximum compensation.
Past medical expenses
The largest source of economic loss experienced after a slip and fall injury may be the medical bills for treatment you received. These may include emergency room and ambulance charges, doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, imaging, surgery and any other diagnostic or rehabilitative treatment. Your bills may run from thousands to millions of dollars.
Future medical expenses
Unfortunately, some injury clients will need treatment in the future to continue to deal with the effects of their injuries. You may need additional diagnostics or future treatment, such as surgery or pain management. You may also need accommodations for an injury such as home or vehicle modifications, in-home care and long term rehabilitation. These future medical bills are part of an injury claim. It is important to understand the future medical needs and account for their future costs as part of a slip and fall accident claim.
Serious injuries often result in missing time at work or even losing your job. Missed work time means lost wages and other earnings. In addition to earnings already lost, you may have future lost capacity to make the same money at work. All of these lost earnings are part of your damages.
Pain and suffering
Injuries are about than just the medical bills accrued to heal. Your injuries affect how you feel and your ability to perform your normal activities. You can recover for these non-economic damages as well including:
- Physical pain and discomfort
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Inability to enjoy your hobbies
- Loss of consortium
Many factors affect the overall value of your slip and fall accident claim. It is not as simple as adding up your medical bills and expecting the insurance company to pay your bills. At Front Range Injury Attorneys our Denver slip and fall attorneys will consider your injury experience and fight for maximum compensation on your case. Contact us for a free case review to learn more about how we can help you.
What to do after a slip and fall accident in Colorado
Your decisions immediately after a slip and fall accident can have a huge impact on the outcome of your premises liability claim. The business or property owner may try to cover up its responsibility for your injuries, so waiting to act may negatively affect your case.
- Report the incident. Wherever the accident occurred, report the incident to somebody right away. If this occurred at a business or government office, file an official accident report with a manager if possible.
- Document the accident scene. Before leaving the scene, take photos of where the accident occurred and the dangerous condition that led to your injury. Obtain names and phone numbers for any witnesses.
- Get medical attention right away. Get immediate medical attention at an emergency room or urgent care right away. A physician needs to evaluate the severity of your injury and make sure you do not need emergency care. If you do not get medical attention right away, the insurance company will use that as an excuse to say you weren’t that badly injured.
- Contact a personal injury lawyer. After receiving medical attention, contact the personal injury lawyers at Front Range Injury Attorneys to discuss your case. Our lawyers will move quickly to protect and advocate for your rights.
- Report the injury to the right insurance company. After a slip and fall injury, the appropriate insurance company must be put on notice of your claim so it can investigate and prepare to discuss your claim. Your slip and fall attorney will take care of reporting the claim if one is not already open.
- Negotiate a settlement. At the appropriate time, you and your attorney will attempt negotiations with the insurance company. If the insurance company agrees to offer fair compensation, your claim may resolve at a settlement.
- Litigation. If the insurance company refuses to put a compelling offer on the table then filing a lawsuit in Colorado courts is the next step. In litigation your case may resolve before or after a trial. Our knowledgeable slip and fall lawyers will discuss the litigation process and whether it is the best course of action.
What causes slip and fall accidents?
Slip and fall accidents are caused by property owner negligence in the proper care and maintenance of their property. Although most of these accidents are preventable, more than a million people go to emergency rooms each year for slip and fall accidents. Falls are the second leading cause of injury-related deaths for elderly Americans and the number one source of lost days from work. (Source) Preventing slip and fall injuries requires businesses and property owners to regularly inspect guest areas, periodic floor sweeps, prompt responses to spills and other procedures to maintain safe premises. Unfortunately, many either do not have sufficient procedures or fail to perform them appropriately. These create dangerous conditions including:
- Improperly stored merchandise on upper shelves
- Spilled liquids
- Smashed food and other slippery products
- Greasy floor
- Waxed or freshly mopped floors
- Rain and snow tracked indoors
- Water leaks
- Snow and ice in parking lots and walkways
- Uneven or loose flooring
- Damaged and improperly secured carpets and rugs
- Inadequate lighting
- Lack of warning signs
Colorado premises liability laws
Colorado law requires property owners to take responsibility to ensure reasonable safety for guests. These premises liability laws hold property owners accountable for neglecting to fulfill the appropriate duty of care. The appropriate duty of care depends upon the relationship between property owner and visitor. When the owner’s neglect to satisfy the duty of care leads to a visitor’s injuries, the landowner may be liable for those injuries.
Colorado law divides visitors into three classes with a separate duty of care for each.
Property owners owe the highest duty of care to invitees. Invitees are welcomed guests on the property for the landowner’s benefit. Customers to a business are invitees because the business owner wants to bring in customers to make sales.
The landowner has a duty to inspect the property and ensure it is safe for invitees. That requires the owner to investigate for known and unknown dangerous conditions. The owner must cure any dangerous condition or warn invitees to avoid the dangerous condition.
Licensees are people who have permission to enter the premises but do so for their own benefit. A common licensee is a salesperson who visits the property to make a sale to the property owner.
The landowner owes licensees no duty to inspect and discover dangerous conditions. The owner owes licensees a duty to fix or warn of any known dangerous conditions.
A trespasser is a person who enters the property without permission. Landowners generally owe no duty to prevent a slip and fall accident to a trespasser. A landowner owes a duty not to intentionally harm a trespasser. An exception is landowners must take steps to make their property reasonably safe from underage trespassers.
Your legal status as a visitor may have a significant impact on your slip and fall accident case. The owner’s liability for your injuries depends in part upon the owner’s duty of care to you. Your lawyer must prove the owner breached the duty of care to you and how that breach caused your injury. Our attorneys have the expertise to guide your case through these legal issues.
How long do you have to file a premises liability claim?
If you suffered a slip and fall injury, time is of the essence. It is important to act quickly to preserve evidence of the incident and get medical treatment. Under Colorado law most slip and fall cases have a two year statute of limitations. That means if your case does not settle beforehand, you must file a lawsuit within two years. Generally, that is two years from the date of the accident.
In some cases you must take action sooner. Claims against government agencies requires a special claim filed within six months or you lose the right to pursue your case entirely.
Contact our law firm immediately after a slip and fall accident so we can avoid passing any deadline to pursue your case.
Common slip and fall injuries in Colorado
Slip and fall injuries can range from minor bruising to catastrophic injury or even death. These injuries are among the most common workplace injuries and catastrophic injuries for senior citizens. Slip and fall accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries between falling on a hard surface, twisting into an unusual position as you fall and attempting to break your fall. Common slip and fall injuries include:
- Hip fractures
- Wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries
- Fractured and broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries including herniated discs and fractured vertebrae
- Neck injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
These injuries can result in significant changes to your lifestyle and require surgery and other invasive treatment to try to get you back on your feet. Our Denver slip and fall attorneys help clients get medical treatment and pursue maximum compensation for their injuries. Contact us for a free case review to discuss your case and learn more about how we can help you.
Contact our Denver slip and fall lawyers today
After a slip and fall injury, you have enough to deal with trying to juggle medical care, pain, taking care of your family and the financial concerns that come with a serious injury. Don’t add to your stress by trying to handle your case alone. Our slip and fall lawyers are experienced advocates who understand your situation and will help guide your case to a resolution. We will handle the legal issues and insurance claims for you. We fight hard to get maximum compensation for our clients. You are not alone. Contact our Denver slip and fall lawyers today for a free case review.