Denver Premises Liability Lawyers
Understanding Colorado’s Premises Liability Laws
In Colorado, premises liability is a specific type of personal injury claim that gives protection to people who are injured on a property owner or landowner’s premises. Individuals or companies that own or operate property in Colorado are responsible for injuries to visitors that occur as the result of accidents, criminal acts, or negligence. The Colorado Premises Liability statute, C.R.S. §13-21-115, provides the framework for the duty of care for landowners. This duty of care varies depending on the status of the injured person at the time of the accident, e.g. whether they were an invited guest, an employee, a trespasser, etc.
If you were injured on someone else’s property and you believe the property owner was negligent, reach out to Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C. for a free consultation. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, proving a property owner was negligent is not a simple task; it’s important that you work with an attorney who understands the system and who has a track record of success in this area of law.
Your Rights After Being Injured on Someone Else’s Property
The level of protection for an injured person depends on the status of the injured party.
Generally speaking, you can fall under one of three statuses:
- Trespasser: a person who enters onto the land of another without the landowner’s consent
- Licensee: a person who enters onto the land of another with the landowner’s consent but for the person’s own convenience or purposes
- Invitee: a person who enters onto someone else’s land to transact business in which both the landowner and the person have an interest
If deemed a trespasser, an injured party may only recover for willful or deliberate acts taken by the property/landowner that result in injury or harm. If deemed a licensee, an injured party may recover for injuries caused by the landowner’s unreasonable failure to warn of unusual dangers of which the landowner actually knew of or should have known of. If deemed an invitee, a party may recover only for injuries caused by the landowner’s unreasonable failure to exercise reasonable care to protect against dangers of which he or she actually knew of or should have known.
What Are Dangerous Property Conditions?
Most premises liability cases involve the existence of dangerous conditions. These conditions may exist as a result of a property owner’s lack of proper maintenance or due to outside factors. However, in all cases, in order to be classified as a dangerous condition, the condition must pose some degree of foreseeable risk, even if that risk is open and obvious.
Examples of dangerous property conditions include:
- Ice or snow that has accumulated outside a storefront
- Exposed wires, cords, and other tripping hazards
- Cluttered walkways and aisles
- Wet, slippery, or recently waxed floors
- Lack of proper warning signs alerting others to potential dangers
- Swimming pools that lack safety fences/locked gates
- Unsafe or broken stairs, stairwells, or hand rails
- Torn or ripped carpeting or uneven floors
- Insufficient lighting
- Poorly maintained elevators and escalators
- Negligent security
- Lack of emergency exit signs and posted fire escape routes
If you have been injured because of a dangerous condition, such as the ones listed above or any hazardous condition on another’s property, you need the experienced Denver premises liability attorneys at Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C. We can help navigate you through the process of maximizing your recovery.
Slip & Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents occur where dangerous conditions—such as wet floors, poor snow removal, icy conditions, torn carpeting, poor lighting, narrow stairs, or uneven flooring—cause someone to slip and hurt him/herself. Other instances of slip and falls occur when people are injured after falling due to dangerous or defective stairs, escalators, potholes, or dangerous public sidewalks.
It’s important to note that Colorado has various “recreational use” statutes that can prevent claims against private landowners for damages suffered by those who were on their land to pursue recreational activities. This could potentially affect your ability to seek compensation after a slip and fall accident or other incident on private land.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a dangerous condition on someone else’s property or due to property owner negligence, you need aggressive legal counsel. Understanding exceptions to these very restrictive and protective laws requires the assistance of the highly experienced lawyers at Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C.
We offer most personal injury services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay any attorneys’ fees unless we win your case by recovering a settlement or verdict on your behalf. We are able to meet you in your home or at the hospital if your injuries prevent you from traveling to our office.