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Slip and Fall Attorney in Denver

slip and fall accidentProperty owners owe visitors to their properties a duty to make a reasonable effort to maintain safe premises. If you or someone you love incurred a severe slip and fall injury on someone else’s property, call Dormer Harpring. You could have a slip and fall claim against the property owner.

Our Denver premises liability attorneys offer quality client services, including:

  • Prompt responses to calls, texts, and emails
  • Compassionate support and help accessing medical care and other accident-related needs
  • Tailored solutions to fit each client’s legal needs

At Dormer Harpring, you are not just another case. You are a person, you are our client, and you deserve representation that is as unique as you. Call us today today to schedule your free consultation and discover more about our client-focused approach to representation.

How a Denver Slip and Fall Attorney Can Help

An experienced Denver slip and fall lawyer can explain your legal rights and options to you and help you choose your best legal route. While your lawyer builds your case, you can focus on your mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being.

At Dormer Harpring, our slip and fall attorneys help you return to your best possible life after your injury. We keep you up to date on your slip and fall case throughout the claims process. Our lawyers will also:

  • Investigate your accident
  • Speak with any witnesses
  • Assess the value of your claim
  • Identify and pursue all sources of compensation for your injury
  • Represent you in settlement negotiations with the insurance company
  • File your civil lawsuit
  • Settle your claim
  • Move forward towards litigation

Let our skilled slip and fall attorneys listen to your story, answer your questions, and work to get you the compensation you deserve. We never charge for a consultation and do not charge legal fees unless we win your case.

Proving Liability in a Slip and Fall Accident

Slip and fall claims are part of a larger area of personal injury law called premises liability law. Colorado has particular premises liability laws regarding slip and falls. These laws are complicated and often require an experienced attorney’s help to navigate and understand their application.

The most challenging part of any slip and fall claim is proving fault for an accident. Proving fault in a slip and fall accident generally requires establishing one or more of the following:

  • The party responsible for the property caused the dangerous conditions that led to the slip and fall and did nothing to repair them, block them off, or warn visitors about them
  • The party responsible for the property was aware of the dangerous conditions and did nothing to correct them, block them off, or alert visitors about them
  • The party responsible for the property should have been aware of the dangerous conditions because a reasonable person in the same situation would be aware of them – and could and should have repaired them, blocked them off, or warned visitors about them

Even when proving fault through one of the above scenarios, one of the following factors can complicate a claim for compensation:

  • The injured person was acting carelessly on the property, contributing to the slip and fall accident
  • The injured person was trespassing on the property where the slip and fall accident occurred
  • A reasonable person in the same situation would have noticed the risk and avoided the fall

If the injured person contributed to their accident, they might still recover compensation. However, the injured person’s fault must be less than fifty percent. The injured person would receive the compensation award amount minus the percentage of fault that was their own.

Colorado has case filing deadlines, or statutes of limitations, that place a time limit on the right to file a lawsuit in civil court. Colorado usually provides two years from the date on which a slip and fall accident occurred for injured people to file a claim. After that time elapses, a slip and fall claim expires.

An exception may arise when a slip and fall accident causes fatal injuries. A deadly injury case, or wrongful death case, expires two years from the date of death, which may differ from the date of the slip and fall accident. A Denver wrongful death lawyer can help with statute of limitation issues.

Another possible exception is when the responsible party is a governmental entity. Cases involving government entities have shorter notice deadlines and a series of other strict requirements.

Common Slip and Fall Causes and Injuries

The most common premises liability case is a slip and fall claim. Several types of slip and fall accidents occur every day in parking lots, homes, retail stores, and government buildings. Reasons for slip and falls include:

  • Snow, ice, and wet spots on sidewalks and in parking lots
  • Loose flooring or carpeting
  • Uneven sidewalks and walking surfaces
  • Greasy, polished, or wet floors without signage
  • Unnecessary debris and clutter in the pathways of pedestrians or shoppers
  • Electrical cords on floors
  • Poor lighting
  • Missing or loose handrails on a stairwell
  • Poorly maintained escalators and elevators
  • Potholes and weather-related damage in the pavement

Injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents may include, but are not limited to:

  • Head and brain injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries, fractured vertebrae, paralysis
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Bruising and lacerations
  • Scarring
  • Wrongful death

Compensation for a Slip and Fall Claim

Compensation in a slip and fall claim should cover not only current medical expenses and accident-related care needs but also future costs. It is impossible to predict the exact amount of any settlement or slip and fall award; however, typical types of damages include the following:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Lost earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental and emotional trauma
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Wrongful death costs

To receive compensation for a slip and fall accident, it is imperative to seek medical treatment immediately following an accident and attend all recommended appointments. It is also essential to collect as much information at the accident scene as safety allows. Relevant evidence to gather at an accident scene may include:

  • Photos of the scene
  • Witness contact information
  • Pictures of the hazardous area
  • Pictures of any injuries
  • Any accident reports

All of these items will help a slip and fall lawyer build a claim for damages. If you would like to learn more about slip and fall accident compensation or premises liability in the Denver area, contact the attorneys at Dormer Harpring. We help injured people get their lives back after an accident. There is never a charge for a consultation, and our fees are based only on the amount we recover.

Get Help from a Denver Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

Our skilled attorneys are ready to help you. Call (303) 747-4404 or email us via the contact form on this page. From offices based in Denver, our attorneys provide exceptional representation to people throughout Denver County, Adams County, Boulder County, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, and the State of Colorado.