Hundreds of Cases Resolved Throughout Colorado
At Parrish and Jennings, our Denver slip and fall attorneys represent those who have suffered injuries in a slip-and-fall or other incident because of negligent property owners, getting them the compensation that can help them get back on their feet.
Falls Are Anything but Funny
We’ve all laughed at comical falls on TV or in the movies, but in real life, such accidents are anything but funny. When someone slips or trips and falls and suffers injuries because a property owner failed to properly maintain their premises and keep it safe, the victim may have a claim for compensation.
The Denver premises liability/slip-and-fall attorneys of Parrish and Jennings stand up for individuals who have been sidelined due to property left in a dangerous condition. We not only help clients who suffer fall-related injuries but also seek compensation for other injuries caused by a property owner’s negligence, such as dog bites, amusement park ride accidents, or injuries at sporting events.
Certainly, many slips, trips, and falls result in little more than a few scrapes and some embarrassment. But many more end with catastrophic injuries or fatalities. In fact, falls are the leading cause of accidental death for Americans over age 65.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- ● One out of five falls causes a serious injury like broken bones or a head injury.,
- ● Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
- ● Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized due to a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
- ● Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
- ● Fall death rates among adults age 65 and older have increased by more than 30 percent from 2007 to 2016.
Serious Injuries From Slip-and-Falls
Happening suddenly and without warning, slip-and-falls leave victims with little or no time to protect themselves against a violent impact on the ground or other unforgiving surfaces. As a result, falls often lead to severe injuries like:
- ● Concussions
- ● Traumatic brain injuries
- ● Spinal cord injuries
- ● Fractured and broken bones, including legs, ankles, arms, ribs, collarbone, and knees
- ● Soft tissue injuries
A slip-and-fall can happen anywhere; indoors, outside, dry or wet surface, at work, at home, or in a store, restaurant, or office. Some of the most common conditions that lead to falls caused by a property owner’s negligence include:
- ● Uneven or cracked pavement or sidewalks.
- ● Unremoved snow, ice, or debris in a parking lot or on a sidewalk.
- ● Defective, damaged, or uneven stairs or handrails.
- ● Poor or insufficient lighting.
- ● Objects or debris.
- ● Unaddressed spills at grocery stores, restaurants, or other places of business, or spills cleaned without sufficient safety markings.
Colorado Premises Liability Law
When a property owner or another party responsible for maintaining a property fails to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition, someone who suffers injuries, as a result, may have a claim for damages against the owner, property manager, or other any other party with the right to control the property based on the legal principle known as “premises liability.”
The Colorado Premises Liability Act (C.R.S. § 13-21-115) governs claims for accidents and injuries that occur on someone else’s property. It also limits the time an injury victim has to bring any compensation claims. But for an injured person to recover any damages, the kind of duty the property owner owes them depends on several factors, including why they were on the property and whether they had a right to be there.
Under Colorado law:
- ● A trespasser, someone on a property without the owner’s knowledge or consent, may recover only for damages that the landowner willfully or deliberately caused.
- ● A licensee, a person like a social guest whom the owner invited onto the premises for a non-business or commercial purpose, may recover only for damages and losses caused:
- ● by the property owner’s unreasonable failure to exercise reasonable care regarding dangers they created and which they actually knew about; or
- ● by the landowner’s unreasonable failure to warn of dangers they did not create, which are not ordinarily present on the type of property involved and which the landowner actually knew about.
- ● An invitee, usually a customer or visitor at a store or business, may recover damages caused by the property owner’s unreasonable failure to reasonably protect against hazards they actually knew or should have known about.
At Parrish and Jennings, our Denver slip and fall attorneys fight tirelessly to help individuals who have suffered severe injuries because of negligently maintained property. We know how painful and challenging even basic activities can be after a trip and fall or slip and fall, and we understand the stress that comes from enormous medical bills, loss of earnings, and decreased mobility. That is why we will get victims the resources and compensation they need to recover.
Call the Denver Premises Liability/Slip-and-Fall Lawyers at Parrish and Jennings for Your Free Consultation
If you or a loved one suffered an injury on someone else’s property, we invite you to contact us. We will listen to your story, learn about the incident and injuries, and advise you of your options. If you have a claim for damages, we will pursue the maximum compensation available for your losses.
Please contact Parrish and Jennings today to arrange for your free initial consultation. We look forward to the privilege of assisting you.