Colorado Slip and Fall Attorney
If you have suffered a fractured arm, broken hip, head injury, physical disfigurement or harm, back or neck injury, or any other injury as a result of a slip and fall accident in Denver, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately.
Slip and Fall Accidents: An Overview
Liability in a Slip and Fall Accident
The person in possession of the property where you were harmed may be liable for injuries you sustained as a result of their failure to maintain their property or correct any hazards on their premises.
Statute of Limitations for a Slip and Fall Accident
Under section 13-80-102 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, an injured party only has two years to pursue a tort claim against the individual who caused their injuries. This is known as a statute of limitations (SOL), which bars the injured party from filing a lawsuit for damages after a certain period of time has passed.
Liability of a Government Entity
However, if the property involved in the incident was owned by a governmental entity, such as a city, county or state building or a school, different rules may apply. Under Colorado’s governmental immunity laws (CRS § 24-10-109), an injured party must give formal written notice of the claim to the governmental entity within 180 days of the date of the accident. If you fail to give proper notice under Colorado law, you will be barred from seeking compensation for your injuries and damages. Since the SOL is only two years and other deadlines can be as short as 180 days from the date of the slip and fall incident, it is very important to hire a Denver personal injury attorney as soon as you have been involved in a slip or trip and fall incident.
Denver Slip and Fall Lawyer
If you or your loved one suffered severe injuries because of a property owner’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation. The Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson represents clients throughout the Mile High City, including surrounding areas like Boulder, Aurora, Lakewood, Arvada, Littleton, Thornton, Westminster, Longmont, and Centennial.
Jennifer Donaldson is a compassionate Colorado personal injury attorney with over a quarter-century of civil litigation experience. Call (303) 458-5000 right now have her review your case during a free, no obligation consultation.
Denver Slip and Fall Claims
Slip and fall cases generally occur when a business or store has spilled something on the floor, an area was wet on the premises because it was recently mopped, ice and snow were not properly or timely removed, a carpet or rug is not secure, wires or cables are exposed on the premises, or holes or bumps in the floor are not clearly marked at the store or business. Any of these situations can cause an individual on the premises to fall, lose their traction, stumble, trip or slip as a result of the defect or hazard.
Some of the most common locations slip and fall cases take place are:
- A friend’s home;
- A place of business;
- Stores of any kind;
- Department stores;
- Grocery stores;
- Private property;
- Retail establishments;
- Shopping center;
- Shopping plazas; and/or
Proving a Slip and Fall Claim in Denver
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is covered by premises liability laws in Colorado. This means in order to win your slip and fall negligence lawsuit, your attorney will have to prove the following:
- A condition existed on the premises that posed an unreasonable risk of harm;
- The person in possession of the premises must have known or should have known the harmful condition was present and posed harm to invitees or licensees on the premises;
- The person in possession of the premises was negligent in creating the dangerous condition or they were negligent in failing to warn about the condition or fix it; and
- You must have sustained an injury as a result of the dangerous condition.
The Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson | Slip and Fall Attorney in Denver
Did you or your loved one sustain catastrophic injuries as the result of a fall on dangerous property? The Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson helps accident victims in Denver County, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, Boulder County, and Adams County.
Denver personal injury lawyer Jennifer Donaldson works closely with every client so they get unrivaled personal attention. She can evaluate your case and discuss your legal options when you call (303) 458-5000 or submit an online form to set up a free consultation.