Denver Slip & Fall Lawyers
What to Do After a Slip & Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents, also known as trip and fall accidents, can result in serious bodily injury. Yet, these types of incidents tend to get a bad reputation as a result of people incorrectly believing that slips, trips, and falls are the result of the victim’s own clumsiness or negligence. While unavoidable accidents can happen, the fact is, most slip and fall accidents are the result of a property owner’s negligence or failure to maintain their premises.
If you slipped, tripped, or fell on someone else’s property and sustained injuries as a result, the first thing you need to do is get medical attention for your injuries. If possible, obtain the contact information of the property owner, but refrain from making any statements about the accident or downplaying your injuries. Next, contact an experienced slip and fall lawyer who can help you protect your rights.
At Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C., we have been representing injured individuals and their families throughout the Rocky Mountain Region since 2004. Our Denver slip and fall lawyers have over a century or combined experience and a proven record of success, having secured more than $250 million for their clients. We understand just how devastating slip and fall accidents can be, and we are ready to help you fight for the maximum recovery you are owed.
How Do Slip & Fall Accidents Happen?
Contrary to common misconception, the most common cause of slips, trips, and falls is not individual clumsiness but property owner negligence. Under Colorado’s premises liability laws, both public and private landowners have a responsibility to make sure that their premises are reasonably safe for invited guests, customers, employees, tenants, and others who are lawfully on the property. This includes things like conducting proper maintenance and fixing or warning others of dangerous conditions that pose foreseeable risks. When property owners fail to take such actions, they can be held liable for injuries resulting from slip and falls and other accidents.
Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents that can be attributed to property owner negligence include:
- Unmarked wet floors
- Slippery or recently waxed floors
- Defective sidewalks
- Accumulated ice or snow
- Cluttered walkways
- Tripping hazards in aisles
- Poor lighting
- Uneven flooring
- Torn or ripped carpeting
- Crumbling steps/broken stairs
- Failure to warn of possible hazards
- Lack of handrails
These and other dangerous conditions can contribute to devastating slip and fall accidents. When property owners knew of (or reasonably should have known of) such conditions but did nothing to correct, repair, or warn others of them, they can be held liable.
Damages Available in Slip & Fall Claims
Slip and fall accidents often result in serious, catastrophic injuries. In fact, falls are one of the leading causes of both traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. These accidents also frequently lead to broken bones, serious cuts and scrapes, torn ligaments, and other injuries. Victims often find themselves facing extensive medical treatment, weeks or months off work, and a long and difficult road to recovery.
At Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C., our Denver slip and fall lawyers can help you seek fair compensation for your damages, which may include:
- Emergency medical treatment costs (ambulance fees, emergency room fees, etc.)
- Costs associated with ongoing and future medical care
- Lost wages/income from time taken off work to receive treatment/recover
- Lost future earnings, if injuries are partially or totally disabling
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD
While there are no limits on economic damages (those with a definable financial cost), the state of Colorado caps non-economic damages (e.g. intangible losses). The cap depends on when the injury happened/the claim was filed, as well as the specific type of noneconomic damages the victim is seeking. Our attorneys can help you understand how these caps may apply to your case.
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If you slipped, tripped, and fell in a store, at a park, in a private home, or anywhere on someone else’s property, we encourage you to get in touch with our legal team right away. You only have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim; after Colorado’s two-year statute of limitations passes, you will almost certainly be barred from recovering compensation for your damages.
At Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C., we are ready to fight for you and your recovery. Our team offers free initial consultations, and we provide most personal injury services on a contingency fee basis. This means we only collect attorneys’ fees if/when we recover compensation for you.