Fort Collins Slip And Fall Lawyer
Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious or debilitating injuries. Victims may suffer head trauma, broken bones, or serious injuries such as paralysis or even death. When a slip and fall injury results from another party’s negligence, victims may be able to collect compensation from the harm they suffered. If you recently incurred injuries or other damages from a slip and fall accident, contact a Fort Collins slip and fall attorney at Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt, LLC, today to schedule a free review of your legal options.
Fort Collins residents choose our firm because:
- We offer a team-centered approach to personal injury, using everyone’s unique skills and abilities to achieve success for our clients.
- We use transparency and effective communication throughout every step in the process. When you use our firm, you know what to expect and how your case is going.
- We work on a contingency-fee basis. You’ll never owe any attorney’s fees unless we secure a court judgment or settlement on your behalf.
What Is a Slip & Fall?
A slip and fall accident occurs when a person sustains an injury from a dangerous or defective condition on another person’s property. Although the legal term is “slip and fall,” this type of accident may apply to a wider set of occurrences such as:
- Tripping and falling
- Falling down a staircase
- Escalator injuries
- Any injury occurring from a dangerous condition (i.e., wet floors, tree roots, uneven tiles, etc.)
Common Causes and Injuries From Slip and Falls
Slip and fall accidents are unfortunately common occurrences. While some may escape with only bumps and bruises, others may incur serious injuries, such as:
- Head trauma such as concussions or TBIs. Though they can affect anyone, these can be especially problematic for the elderly and may arise from nursing home negligence.
- Broken bones. Often, victims of slip and fall injuries report broken wrist or hand bones from reflexively attempting to break a fall.
- Spinal cord injuries. Serious slip and fall injuries, such as those that occur in stairwells, can lead to life-altering injuries that affect the spinal cord.
Who Is Liable in a Slip & Fall?
Slip and fall accidents are governed by the law of premises liability. Under Colorado law, a property owner must exercise proper care with regard to the maintenance and ownership of the property. In other words, anyone who invites guests onto his or her premises must take steps to make it reasonably safe. A person may file a claim for damages after a slip and fall accident when the following elements apply:
- The property owner owed the person a duty of care. This applies when the victim was an invitee on the property. Trespassers may not be able to file claims for compensation under premises liability law.
- The property owner violated his or her duty of care by negligently caring for a property. This applies when he or she knew, or should have known, about a defective or dangerous condition on a property, but did nothing to rectify it.
- The owner’s negligence was the proximal cause of a plaintiff’s injuries.
- The plaintiff suffered harm and incurred long-term damages as a result – for example, medical bills or lost wages associated with a prolonged recovery time.
Why You Need a Fort Collins Slip and Fall Attorney
Determining liability in a slip and fall accident can often be difficult – especially if the conditions were temporary and the defendant is a larger entity such as a business or corporation. The personal injury lawyers at Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt, LLC, can help you determine who is liable for your injuries and hold them wholly accountable for your material and immaterial losses. We have the experience to overcome challenges in proving liability, and are not intimidated by larger corporations. We do not hesitate to take a business to trial if it means maximizing your compensation. If you or a loved one have been a victim of a slip and fall at the hands of a negligent property owner, please contact us immediately to explore your legal options.