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Denver Slip and Fall Accident Attorney

There are many different kinds of slip and fall incidents in Colorado. Fifteen percent of all accidental deaths are caused by premises liability or slip and fall accidents – second only to motor vehicle accidents. Often, slip and fall accidents result in severe injuries, including broken bones and spinal injuries. Unfortunately, slip and fall cases are also some of the most challenging cases to successfully present in Colorado.

If you are a victim of a slip and fall injury, contact our Denver personal injury attorneys at the Bendinelli Law Firm. We want to help you receive the compensation you need and deserve for a full recovery.

What Is a Premises Liability Case?

Injuries that result from unsafe property conditions are called premises liability cases. Store owners and homeowners are legally required to keep their property safe and warn others of potential dangers.

For example, if an employee of a business mops the floors and fails to post a sign warning customers that the floor is wet and a customer slips and falls, the owner may be held liable for the customer’s injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured on the property of another, you may be eligible for compensation.

Who Is Responsible in a Slip And Fall Case?

In Colorado, both the property owner and the injured person can be held to varying degrees of responsibility for an injury. The property owner/occupier has a duty to protect anyone who is lawfully on their property from injuries caused by dangerous conditions that the owner or occupier knew or should have known existed. An occupier is someone who has control over the property, such as a renter. In Colorado, the owner or occupier must be negligent in some way before they can be held liable.

Accordingly, every premises liability case is evaluated on an individual basis, taking into consideration the property owner’s conduct in eliminating the hazard and the visitor’s conduct in recognizing the potential hazard.

The duty to warn and liability of an owner or occupier also depends on the visitor’s status on the property.

Types of Visitors

There are three legal definitions of visitors who can be injured in a premises liability claim in Colorado:

  • Invitee: Someone invited onto the property, such as a customer in a retail shop or a bar patron.
  • Licensee: Someone who has entered onto the property for their own purpose or as a social guest, such as a friend attending a party.
  • Trespasser: Someone who has entered onto the property with no right to do so, such as vandals.

Our Denver premises liability lawyers analyze the case to determine the duty of care required based on your status when you entered the property. An attorney also helps determine whether the owner failed in the duty of care.

Slip and Fall Accidents Result in Severe Injuries

Slip and fall accidents can result in severe injuries and financial expenses, including lost wages and medical bills. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you need an attorney with the experience to handle your case aggressively and effectively.

The Denver premises liability attorneys at the Bendinelli Law Firm understand Colorado’s premises liability laws and understand how to present a slip and fall case successfully.

Injuries that are common in slip and fall accidents include:

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Fractured skull and other head injuries
  • Broken ribs and chest injuries
  • Knee, elbow, and hand injuries

Some injuries sustained in a fall or other premises liability accident could result in permanent impairments and disabilities. When that occurs, the person could be entitled to compensation for future loss of income and medical bills, in addition to current lost wages and medical treatment.

Victims of a premises liability accident are also entitled to compensation for their non-economic damages. Non-economic damages or “pain and suffering” damages can be difficult to calculate. It is impossible to put a dollar amount on a person’s suffering, but that is what we must do in a personal injury case.

Pain and suffering damages include:

  • Mental, emotional, and physical pain and suffering
  • Disabilities, scarring, and impairments
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of quality of life

Our Denver slip and fall accident lawyers use the evidence in your case to maximize the value of your non-economic damages and recover the maximum amount of compensation for your claim.

What Should I Do After a Slip and Fall Accident in Colorado?

The shock of being injured on another person’s property can be overwhelming. It can be difficult to think clearly. However, these steps can help protect your legal right to compensation after a slip and fall injury:

  • Report the injury to the manager or property owner immediately
  • Request emergency medical services for your injuries
  • Ask eyewitnesses for their information (contact numbers and names)
  • If possible, take photographs of the area and make a video with your cell phone (The owner may correct the hazard when you leave.)
  • Go to the emergency room or see a doctor as soon as possible (Prompt medical treatment is crucial for your health and an injury claim.)
  • Preserve the clothes and shoes that you were wearing when you were injured because they could be evidence in your case
  • Do not discuss the fall or your injuries with the property owner or the insurance company without talking to an attorney first
  • Do not accept a settlement offer without talking with a lawyer (If you accept a settlement offer, you cannot go back for more money if your injuries are more severe than you thought.)

As soon as you can, contact a Denver slip and fall attorney for advice. The insurance company and the property owner want to get rid of your claim for as little money as possible. However, a trusted legal advocate for accident victims can help you maximize compensation. Call our office at 1-800-ATTORNEY to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers. We answer your questions and discuss your claim free of charge and with no obligation to hire our firm.

Contact Our Denver Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers for Help

At the Bendinelli Law Firm, P.C., we have the knowledge and experience you need and a qualified staff that is ready to fight for your rights. We tell our clients to concentrate on the important things: getting healthy and returning to your day-to-day life, while our attorneys take care of the complicated legal issues and deal with the business owner and the insurance company. We will work hard to protect your interests and get you the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today for your free and confidential initial consultation.