Protecting the Rights of Colorado Slip and Fall Accident Victims
Slip and fall accidents are consistently among the most common causes of preventable injury in the United States. In fact, most people have slipped and fallen at some point in their lives and perpetually skinned elbows and knees are often a hallmark of an active and healthy childhood and adolescence.
Unfortunately, not all slip and fall accidents are as harmless as those we have all experienced and many of them result in serious injuries that can affect victims for years. In some cases, slip and fall victims may develop serious disabilities that prevent them from working or even being able to live without 24-hour medical care.
Fortunately for slip and fall victims, Colorado tort law allows people who are hurt by the negligence of others to recover compensation for their injury-related losses. Losses that are often successfully sought and recovered after a slip and fall accident include those from a victim’s medical expenses, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, as well as others.
Consequently, it is critical for anyone that has been seriously hurt in a slip and fall accident to speak with an attorney regarding their legal options.
Personal Injury FAQ
What Kinds of Negligence can Result in a Slip and Fall Accident?
Under Colorado law, individuals who are injured in accidents can generally recover if they can establish that their injury was caused by somebody else’s legal negligence. Very broadly speaking, negligence occurs when a person fails to conduct himself or herself with the degree of care that would ordinarily be exercised by a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances.
As a result, whether or not negligence occurred is a fact-specific issue that requires a close analysis of the circumstances under which a particular accident took place. In the context of a slip and fall accident, negligence tends to involve a property owner failing to recognize or rectify a slip and fall hazard on his or her property. Some examples of hazards that regularly cause slip and fall accidents include the following:
- Inadequate lighting
- Accumulations of snow or ice
- Exposed electrical wiring
- Uneven flooring
- Liquid spills
- Lack of handrails in stairwells
- Slippery flooring
- Torn carpet
- Debris in walkways
- Cracked pavement
Importantly, victims of slip and fall accidents often have to gather evidence that tends to indicate that a particular accident was caused by negligence, and many property owners may be reluctant to provide documentation that may establish that they were liable for the incident. For this reason, slip and fall victims should be certain to take photographs of the scene of their accident if possible.
Additionally, retaining an attorney as soon as possible can help prevent the loss or destruction of evidence.
Common Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
Slip and fall accidents range tremendously in their severity and the injuries they can cause. For example, a slip, trip, or fall may result in little more than a bump or bruise, and people involved in these kinds of accidents usually walk away from them without a second thought.
On the other hand, even a seemingly innocuous fall could result in serious injuries, particularly if the victim already has a propensity for physical injuries. For example, older adults tend to have weaker bones, so a fall that may have barely affected a younger person may result in a broken hip for a person of a certain age.
Some of the more common injuries that people sustain in slip and fall accidents include the following:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Soft tissue injuries
In many cases, the injuries that people sustain in slip and fall accident require immediately medical attention. As a result, it is advisable for anyone involved in a slip, trip, or fall to undergo a thorough medical evaluation conducted by a professional, as doing so will ensure that any injuries that you have sustained are properly identified and treated.
Do I Need a Lawyer after a Slip and Fall Accident?
Many people that have been hurt in slip and fall accidents wonder if they need to retain an attorney in order to be able to recover for their injuries and other losses. It is always advisable to have an attorney review a potential personal injury case, as there is no cost associated with doing so and a lawyer can often obtain significantly more compensation than an unrepresented victim would be able to on his or her own.
Some of the ways in which an attorney can help slip and fall accident victims include:
Gather evidence in support of their case – In slip and fall cases that are contested, it may become necessary for victims to gather evidence indicating that the owner of the property on which their accident occurred was negligent. An attorney can use the legal process to compel the production of such evidence.
Negotiate a settlement with the insurance company handling your case – The vast majority of slip and fall cases will be settled long before a lawsuit is ever filed. An attorney will ensure that any settlement negotiated with an insurance company accurately reflects the value of your claim.
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Contact Us Today to Speak with a Colorado Slip and Fall Attorney
If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident that occurred while you were on someone else’s property, you may be able to recover significant financial compensation. Even if you have already been offered a settlement offer from the property owner or his or her insurance company, you should still have your case reviewed by an experienced lawyer.
For a free and confidential consultation with an experienced slip and fall lawyer serving Colorado Springs, Denver, and Pueblo dial 888-668-1182.
Disclaimer: Information provided on this site is NOT formal legal advice. It is generic legal information. Under no circumstances should the information on this site be relied upon when deciding the proper course of a legal action. Always get a formal case evaluation from a licensed attorney if you think you might have a personal injury lawsuit.