If you slip on a wet floor or trip on uneven flooring, debris, or torn carpeting, you may seriously injure yourself. In fact, many slip and fall victims suffer from broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord damage. Seniors are at a higher risk of slipping and falling, and unfortunately, they take longer to recover from these injuries and often suffer serious complications.
Slip and fall accidents can happen almost anywhere, including a neighbor’s home, hotel, shopping mall, grocery store, retail store, or any other commercial property. The victim may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, but first he must be able to prove liability.
A Property Owner’s Responsibility to Protect Visitors
If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident, you should understand the legal concept of premises liability. In Colorado, property owners are legally required to maintain their property to protect visitors from harm. If an owner fails to fix or warn visitors of potential hazards, he may be held liable in the event that someone is injured.
For example, if the owner of a retail store knows that the roof is leaking and water is beginning to form a puddle near the entrance of his store, he is obligated to either put up signs warning customers of the hazard or fix the hazard. If he fails to do so, visitors may slip and fall on the water and injure themselves as a result, and the property owner may be held liable for the visitor’s injuries.
What If I’m Partially At Fault?
Colorado is a modified comparative negligence state. This means that the amount of compensation that you receive will be reduced if you are found partially at fault for the accident. For example, let’s say you were supposed to be awarded $100,000 for your injuries, but the court finds that you were 25% liable for the accident and the property owner was 75% liable. In this case, your compensation would be reduced by 25%, and you would only receive $75,000. If you are found to be 50% or more responsible for the accident, you will not be able to recover compensation for your injuries.
The defendant may focus on placing as much blame as possible on the plaintiff in order to avoid paying a settlement or to reduce the amount that he has to pay. Fortunately, the experienced slip and fall attorneys at Reisch Law Firm can prove that the property owner was mostly or completely at fault for the accident.
Contact Our Slip and Fall Attorneys For Legal Representation Today
Slip and fall cases can be complex. The property owner may claim that he was unaware of the hazard that caused the accident, or he may say you were responsible for the accident. Don’t let this happen to you—let an attorney fight back on your behalf. Schedule a free consultation with the slip and fall attorneys at Reisch Law Firm today by calling 303-291-0555.