Denver Slip and Fall Lawyers
Danger can present itself when we least expect it. Whether you are at work or out running an errand, you should not be faced with conditions that can bring about a serious injury or even death. It is the responsibility of employers, businesses, and property owners to provide safe and secure conditions on their premises.
In the event of a slip and fall caused by another party’s negligence, you will want to pursue compensation for the damages you have suffered.
Let the Denver slip and fall accident attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group deliver the individualized attention you need to secure maximum compensation to aid in your recovery. Whether you have suffered a slip and fall accident at work or under some other condition, our experienced Colorado lawyers are here for you.
Call The Bourassa Law Group right now at (303) 331-6186 for help from our compassionate personal injury attorneys.
Common Types of Injuries in a Slip and Fall Accident
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall accidents account for over 1 million emergency room visits every year. The results of such an incident can be extremely serious, causing major damages – or in worst case scenarios – even death depending on which part of the body is impacted.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has defined two different categories of falls:
- Same-Level Falls – These types of falls occur when someone falls, trips, or slips on a level surface. Same-level falls are the most common type of falls and typically occur when an individual walks on a slippery surface, missteps when traveling up or down the stairs, or trips on an object obstructing their path.
- Elevated Falls – These types of falls occur when someone falls from a higher surface to a less elevated area.
It’s important for families and employers to recognize, however, that an individual does NOT have to fall from an elevated level to suffer serious injuries. For instance, half of all accidental deaths in the home occur as the result of a fall, with most of them happening at ground level.
Some of the most common injuries the victim of a slip and fall accident may suffer from include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Head and neck trauma
- Broken bones or fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Long-term medical complications
- Wrongful Death
Older-aged victims that suffer a slip and fall can be more vulnerable to serious damages. It is worth noting that falls are the second-leading cause of injury-related death in individuals aged 65 to 84.
However, many types of slip and fall accidents tend to occur to workers as well. In 2016, for instance, 48,060 individuals suffered injuries from falls that required multiple days off from work. While construction workers are most at risk, other industries where slip and fall accidents tend to occur include:
- Wholesale trade
- Retail trade
- Transportation and warehousing
- Professional and business services
- Education and health services
Regardless if you have suffered your injury while on the job or during day-to-day activities, it is absolutely vital to your well being that you seek out medical attention. Not only will you need to protect your health, your medical documents will also be needed as evidence should you choose to file a claim.
Steps to Take Following a Slip and Fall Accident
Since a slip and fall case is a personal injury claim, you must seek proof of how a property owner failed to provide adequate protection to stop your injury from taking place.
In Colorado, the success of your slip and fall claim relies on proving the ‘degree of negligence’ of the employer, property owner, or business owner. There is an emphasis on the term ‘degree’ as it is likely that your role in the slip and fall accident will also be considered.
Following a slip and accident, please consider taking the following steps:
- Seek medical attention to assess your injuries. It is important to seek medical care for your injuries. Remember to secure all medical documents, bills, and receipts as evidence.
- Secure evidence from the scene of the accident. If you are able to, secure any evidence from the scene of the accident, including photos. If you are unable to do so, have a family member, friend, or coworker you can trust do so.
- Collect contact information from witnesses. If the accident occurred in a public area, around multiple witnesses, request contact information from these individuals – or have a friend or family member do so. This can be used as evidence should you decide to file a claim against the party responsible for your injury.
- Get a hold of incident reports. After the accident, your employer or the business where the accident took place should have filed an incident report. Make sure to get a copy of this report and inquire about previous incidents on this property.
- Document everything. Keep a journal highlighting the recovery process and make sure to secure all documents regarding medical treatment, contact with your insurance company, and documentation highlighting time away from work.
- Contact a knowledgeable slip and fall attorney. At The Bourassa Law Group, we take great pride in helping individuals who have suffered at the hands of negligent parties secure the compensation they need to begin recovering.
Call us today at (303) 331-6186 to secure full compensation for your slip and fall injury claim.
Common Types of Slip and Fall Hazards
In Colorado, where walkways can be covered with ice and snow on colder days, accidents can occur if property owners do not take the proper measures to clear the path of hazards.
The following are common hazards found indoors at businesses and restaurants:
- Spilled grease cleaned with simple soap
- Food messes and spills that go unnoticed
- Freshly mopped floors without signage
- Water leaks that go unpatched
- Floor mats that are not secured
- Loose or broken tile
- Broken stairs
- Faulty escalator
The following are common hazards found outdoors:
- Accumulation of snow on property
- Cluttered walkways
- Clogged drain leading to ice patches
- Poorly designed parking lot
- Inadequate lighting
The following are common hazards found at the workplace:
- Weather conditions causing walkways to become slippery
- Cluttered walkways
- Unstable walking/working surfaces
- Unprotected stairs
- Unsafely positioned ladders
- Unsafe work conditions (chemicals or liquids spilled on the floor)
Consult our expert slip and fall attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group for a FREE, no-obligation case review. Contact us right now at (303) 331-6186.
Statute of Limitations in Colorado for Filing Slip and Fall Claim
The state of Colorado has a statute of limitations that sets a bar on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit.
You have two years from the date of when the accident took place to file a personal injury claim.
If you attempt to file a personal injury lawsuit after the statute of limitations is up, the court will most likely not hear your case.
If your loved one should suffer loss of life as a result of their accident, certain surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim.
The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is two years.
For property that has been damaged in a slip and fall accident, there is also a statute of limitations of two years to secure compensation.
What to Know About Comparative Negligence
In Colorado, the state abides by comparative fault. This means that the injured person’s available damages will be reduced by their percentage of fault. For example, if your damages are worth $10,000 but you held 30 percent responsibility in the incident, then you can only recover $7,000.
State law also states that if the plaintiff’s fault is more than or equal to the fault of the defendant, then the court shall enter judgment for the defendant. This means that if you are more than half or 50 percent liable, for the accident, then you may not have a case eligible for compensation.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries from a slip and fall accident, do not hesitate to contact our compassionate Colorado attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group for the legal guidance you need to secure a maximum settlement.
It is essential to seek the legal guidance of an experienced and skilled attorney that can offer individualized attention and help you to secure full compensation for your injuries. The Denver attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group will take the best possible care of you during your time of need. Recovering from a slip and fall case can be physically, mentally, and even emotionally taxing, and we will do everything in our power to help you throughout the entire process.
Trust in our hardworking team to investigate and seek out the evidence needed to develop the strongest case possible for your claim.
Our attorneys will fight with everything we have to secure damages for:
- Medical bills (present and future)
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Incident expenses
- Emotional trauma
- Attorney fees
At The Bourassa Law Group we do everything that we can to earn your trust. Let us help you begin your journey towards recovery. Contact us today at (303) 331-6186 or reach out to us online.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.