Colorado Slip & Fall Laws
Colorado laws regarding slip and falls are known as premises liability laws. These laws are complicated, and an attorney’s help navigating them can be crucial to successfully recovering from a slip and fall accident.
At Dormer Harpring, our Denver slip and fall accident lawyers know Colorado premises liability laws inside and out. Dedicated to helping injured people, we are ready to provide you with unique representation while helping you recover. Our goal is to help you get your life back to normal after a slip and fall.
Colorado Premises Liability Law: Proving Negligence in Colorado Slip & Fall Cases
Proving fault or liability for a slip and fall accident generally requires proving that one or more of the following applies:
- 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, and/or warn visitors about them.
- The party responsible for the property was aware of the dangerous conditions and did nothing to repair them, block them off, and/or warn 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 have been aware of them – and could and should have repaired them, blocked them off, and/or warned visitors about them.
That said, the following factors can complicate claims 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.
- The injured person should have been able to avoid the slip and fall accident because a reasonable person in the same situation would have been able to notice the risk and avoid the fall.
Colorado Slip & Fall Law: More Important Information
- Case filing deadlines – Colorado law 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 frame, these claims can expire and be dismissed.One exception to this arises when slip and falls cause fatal injuries. In these wrongful death cases, the loved ones have two years from the date of death, which may differ from the date of the slip and fall accident.
Another exception is when the responsible party is a governmental entity. These types of cases involve much shorter deadlines to send the correct governmental entity a notice of claim that meets a series of somewhat strict requirements.
- Financial recoveries for slip and fall victims – When slip and fall claims are successful, recoveries can include compensation for (but may not be limited to) medical bills, lost wages, loss of consortium, and mental suffering.
Contact a Denver Slip & Fall Lawyer at Dormer Harpring
Find out more about how the Denver premises liability lawyers at Dormer Harpring can help you by calling (303) 747-4404 or by emailing us via the contact form on this page.
At Dormer Harpring, we are devoted to helping injured people get their lives back to normal after they’re hurt in accidents.
Our commitment to representing people from all walks of life means that we never charge for a consultation and that our legal fees are “contingent,” meaning they’re based only on the amount we recover.
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. Contact our Denver premises liability lawyers for a free consultation.