Experienced Premises Liability & Slip-and-Fall Attorney
Serving Denver & the Greater Colorado Area for Three Decades
It’s the responsibility of any property owner, whether it’s a business, a residence, or public property, to keep their property safe. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident on someone else’s property in Colorado, before you talk to anyone from the other party’s insurance company, talk to me.
I’ve handled thousands of premises liability and slip-and-fall cases over the past 30 years. Contact me for a free consultation at (303) 454-8000 or toll-free at (800) ROSEN-911.
Colorado Premises Liability Facts & Resources
Premises liability is the legal liability of landowners for injuries that happen because of dangerous conditions on their property. If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of a property owner, don’t be negligent about pursuing your rights in the matter. Learn the facts, the law, and your options.
What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured on Someone Else’s Property?
- Seek medical attention. As with any relatively serious injury, you should seek medical attention immediately.
- File an accident report before leaving the premises, if possible.
- Take photos and preserve any evidence you have of the scene, if physically possible.
- Obtain contact information from any witnesses to the incident. If you can show evidence that the accident was caused by the negligence of the property owner in maintaining a reasonable level of safety on their property, you may have the elements of a premises liability case.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney before you talk to anyone from the other party’s insurance company.
What Are Some of the Circumstances That Justify a Premises Liability Claim?
Generally, most of these accidents result from three basic causes:
- Physical factors such as the lack of a proper handrail on a stairway, foreign objects left on the floor, and slippery floors or loose carpeting can cause a fall. An accumulation of ice or snow on a sidewalk is one of the most common physical factors that can result in a slip and fall accident.
- Environmental factors such as visual distractions, color patterns, and geometric designs can contribute to a fall. For instance, the edges of stairs can be difficult to see unless they are painted with contrasting paint in bright colors, and can cause a person to misstep and fall.
- Personal factors such as poor vision, excessive weight, or wearing improper or damaged footwear can also cause a person to slip and fall. Personal factors may bar recovery in a premises liability case, unless negligence on the part of the property owner was also a contributing factor in the injury.
Other Premises Liability Applications of the Law
Some cases are not so common though. According to a report on UPI.com, Colorado Judge Michael Hegarty recently recommended that seven lawsuits of negligence and wrongful death against an Aurora movie theater be brought under a premises liability law. Those who were wounded and the family members of those who died in the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, theater in 2012 filed these lawsuits. The complaints allege that the theater should have known about previous criminal activity in the area and should not have had unlocked and unmonitored exit doors and a lack of security personnel.
Does Colorado Have Specific Laws Regarding Premises Liability?
- An invitee is someone who has been invited, directly or indirectly, to the property. Customers in a store or patrons in a restaurant are examples of invitees.
- Licensees are individuals who enter the property for their own benefit. An example of a licensee is a houseguest, to whom the property owner owes a duty of care regarding potential and foreseeable dangers on the property.
- A trespasser is someone who enters the property without the permission of the owner. The property owner owes the smallest duty of care to a trespasser who harms himself or herself while on the property.
Those most likely to find themselves defending a premises liability lawsuit include:
- Owners/Managers. Owners and/or managers of hotels, motels, apartment buildings, shopping centers, sports stadiums, restaurants, bars, and movie theaters.
- Landlords. A landlord must ensure that his property is free of structural or other problems that may cause injury to shoppers, tenants, visitors, or anyone else who visits his property. He is also somewhat responsible for ensuring that reasonable security measures are in place on his property to protect people from injury.
- Private Home Owners. Premises liability cases can involve accidents that happen inside or outside of private residences as well as places of public gathering.
What Responsibilities Do Property Owners Have to Maintain Their Property?
What If I Was Partially at Fault for My Slip and Fall? Can I Still Recover for My Injuries?
How Long Do I Have to File a Premises Liability Claim in Colorado?
What Determines How Much Compensation I Will Receive for My Slip-And-Fall Injury?
Do I Need a Lawyer in a Colorado Premises Liability Case?
Colorado Personal Injury Resources
Getting injured in a slip-and-fall accident is challenging and stressful enough. Navigating the legal process doesn’t have to be. We’re here to guide you every step of the way. Please click on the premises liability resources below to learn more, or contact us with any questions or to schedule a free consultation.