Denver Personal Injury Lawyers

Slip and Fall Injuries and Other Premises Liability Accidents

slip and fall injury denverEvery year, thousands of people are injured in slip and fall injuries and other types of premises liability accidents.  Because these injuries typically happen on the property – or premises – of another, the landowner may be responsible for causing the injury BUT ONLY IF the landowner breached a duty of care.

Under Colorado law, certain types of landowners have more duties to select types of people entering the land, or premises.  These categories are detailed below.

An injury on the premises of another can occur as a result of many unsafe conditions, such as snow and ice accumulation, puddles of water in a store, inadequate handrails on stairs, or a construction area that is improperly maintained.

In Colorado, one of the most common types of slip and fall injuries occur as a result of inadequate or improper snow and ice removal at a business or apartment building.

Here, at the Law Practice of Luke Puszynski, LLC, we specialize in personal injury and negligence law, with slip and fall injuries and premises liability claims being one of our main practice areas.

We will investigate your claim to determine all of the potential landowners that may be responsible for your injuries.  Commonly, there may be several landowners that actually own the premises and all of them have to be put on notice.

Call and speak with slip and fall injury attorney Luke immediately at (303) 501-5016 or fill out the Free Case Consultation Form on the right.

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Duties of the Landowner in Maintaining Safe Premise

Under Colorado law, any landowner has certain duties to anyone entering his or her land.  These duties mainly require the landowner to maintain his or her property in a safe condition, especially when the landowner anticipates anyone entering the land for a business purpose.

Unfortunately, if someone is injured on the land, the fault – or liability – has to be determined and the responsible party must compensate the injured person, as Colorado law requires.

Depending on the category of the injured person, the landowner will have three different standards of care.

  • As mentioned above, the highest standard of care is afforded to an invitee that enters the land of another for a business purpose, because the business owner is profiting from the invitee entering the premises and is therefore required to keep the premises extra safe.
  • The middle standard of care is for a licensee, who enters the premises of another for the licensee’s own interests, pursuant to the landowner’s consent.  Social guests to someone’s home are common types of licensees.  A landowner does not have the same stringent standard of care to a licensee as a business does to an invitee.
  • The least standard of care is given to a trespasser, who is a person who enters the premises of another without the landowner’s consent.  A trespasser is only protected from any willful or deliberate actions of the landowner.

Damages You Can Recover

Each case varies in the amount that a person can recover for their claim.

Keep in mind that Colorado law ONLY allows monetary compensation for personal injury claims. There is no other way for an injured person to be fairly compensated under the law.  You cannot force the at-fault party to become a personal attendant to the injured person until recovery.

Under Colorado law, a person injured in a slip and fall or other premises liability accident is allowed to recover applicable damages.

Each of these damages has to be given an appropriate monetary value of compensation to equal the harm caused.

Unfortunately, the only damages that can be easily calculated are the past and future medical expenses and wage loss because there is billing for each medical provider and a monetary amount for work time lost.

The other category of damages are harder to quantify but experienced litigation attorneys have helpful ways of presenting these injuries to a jury and guiding the jury to a reasonable amount for each harm.

The only way that justice can be served under Colorado law is for all of the harms caused to you to be equally balanced by a reasonable monetary amount of compensation.

Only then will the balance of justice will be fully restored.

Under Colorado law, a person injured in a slip and fall or other premises liability accident is allowed to recover any of the following applicable damages:

  • past and future medical expenses
  • past and future wage loss
  • pain and suffering
  • mental stress
  • inconvenience
  • impairment to the quality of life
  • physical impairment
  • physical disfigurement

Let Luke utilize his extensive experience in settling and litigating slip and fall injuries and all other premises liability cases to help you recover the appropriate amount for you for all of your harms.

Slip and Fall Injuries and Other Premises Liability Accidents May 20, 2016