Every year, thousands of people are hurt while on someone else’s property or place of business. These injuries are commonly referred to as slip and fall injuries, and they can result from a variety of causes including slippery surfaces, broken sidewalks, and falling objects. A property owner or a person in possession of property is legally responsible for the safety of their premises. As a result, they may be held liable for injuries resulting from poor maintenance or hazardous conditions on their property. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to collect damages from the property owner to cover medical costs, lost wages, and to compensate for pain and suffering.
Colorado Premises Liability Law
Slip and fall injuries fall under the branch of personal injury law called premises liability. This branch of law outlines a property owner or possessor’s duties to protect anyone who enters their property from property defects or dangerous conditions. This applies to most types of buildings or open spaces including homes, commercial buildings, government buildings, shopping centers, and farms.
In Colorado, your ability to receive compensation from a property owner for a slip and fall injury depends on how you are categorized at the time of the accident. The law recognizes three main categories of people who might be on someone else’s property:
A person who enters the property of another without the property owner’s consent. A trespasser is unlikely to be compensated for a premises liability case unless the property owner willfully caused injury.
Someone who enters the property for his or her own interests with the consent of the property owner such as a social guest. A property owner may be liable for injuries and damages caused by dangers on their property of which they had knowledge.
A person who is invited to enter or remain on the premises for a commercial benefit to the property owner such as a store customer. The owner has the highest duty of care to an invitee. Property owners may be liable for injuries or damages resulting from their failure to exercise reasonable care to protect against dangers of which they had knowledge or should have known.
(Colorado Revised Statute13-21-115)
Contact a Denver Slip and Fall Attorney Today
Injuries suffered as a result of a property owner’s negligence can be expensive to treat and have long-lasting effects on your heath, your job, and your quality of life. An experienced Colorado personal injury lawyer can determine if you have a valid premises liability claim and help you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. If you have been in a slip and fall accident, or have a premises liability claim Colorado Personal Injury Lawyer Andrew C. Bubb will review your case for free and discuss with you all of your legal options. In some cases you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Call 1 (800) 773-4492 today or contact us through our website contact forms.
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