Centennial Slip and Fall Lawyer
Slip and fall legal claims arise when a person falls on another person’s property due to unsafe conditions that the owner should have rectified. They might happen while grocery shopping at King Soopers or Walmart, seeing a concert or game at the Ball Arena, shopping at Cherry Creek Mall, or visiting any other business.
If you or a loved one slipped and fell on a negligent person’s property, you deserve to hold the property owner responsible for your injuries. Reach out to us at Varner Faddis Elite Legal, LLC, we can support you and get what you are owed.
Why Choose Us to Represent You
At Varner Faddis Elite Legal, LLC, our lawyers go the extra mile to resolve slip and fall accident claims. With over 32 years of combined experience, we are accustomed to handling many cases that other law firms will reject. Our slip and fall lawyers have successfully resolved hundreds of cases. Our lawyers have settled many times before we even filed formal proceedings. We excel at handling the most complex slip and fall lawsuits in Colorado.
Why Do You Need a Centennial Slip and Fall Lawyer?
When you file a slip and fall accident lawsuit, you are not preparing to go against just the property owner. You must also be prepared to take on the property owner’s insurance company. Having a lawyer on your side can help alleviate most of the stress that a lawsuit brings.
A Centennial slip and fall lawyer can assist you with filing a claim, gathering the best evidence for your case, and representing you in court if your lawsuit proceeds to trial. Our slip and fall lawyers also take a personalized approach to your case. Instead of handling every aspect of the case without keeping you in the loop, we go above and beyond to include you in every step of the claim.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slip and fall accidents are responsible for over one million hospital emergency room visits. One of the most severe injuries that result from falls is fractures. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that flooring materials and floors directly contribute to more than two million fall injuries every year.
When many people think of these slip and fall accidents, a wet floor comes to mind. While that is a prime example, other unsafe conditions on properties can contribute to a slip and fall accident.
Some of the other conditions that can cause slip and fall accidents include:
- Torn and worn carpeting. Carpet ripped and torn can cause a person to slip and fall on the floor. According to The Department of Housing and Urban Development, property managers must replace carpets every seven years.
- Failure to react to the weather. Rain, sleet, snow, and ice can cause a visitor to fall while walking on an outdoor staircase. If a visitor slips on an outdoor staircase of another person’s property that someone failed to clean, sweep, salt, shovel, or mop dry, they can file a slip and fall lawsuit.
- Poor lighting. The lighting of a property can play an essential role in a slip and fall accident. If specific hazards were not apparent due to the property’s lack of lighting, a visitor can file a slip and fall lawsuit for any damages sustained. Poor lighting in an establishment can also occur due to a design defect within the property.
- Defective staircases. Another common cause of a slip and fall accident is defective staircases. Property owners must have certain conditions on their property, such as installing handrails on a staircase. Staircases with missing handrails or damaged steps can endanger many visitors. Uneven stairways can also cause visitors to slip and fall on the property.
Liability for a Slip and Fall Accident
For a slip and fall accident, the main person who can be held liable for a victim’s injuries is the property owner. The property owner has a legal duty of care to all visitors to their establishment through premises liability. Under premises liability, a property owner must provide a reasonably safe environment to all visitors to their property.
What Is Reasonable Care?
Colorado law considers reasonable care an attempt to keep the premises safe or warn visitors of any hazards on the premises. Property owners must maintain the safety of their premises through various methods or at least warn visitors of any dangers that the visitor will not discover on their own. When property owners fail to exercise these actions, they can be held liable for the visitors’ injuries.
The Severity of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can cause victims to experience different kinds of injuries. If victims are fortunate, their injuries can be minor, and they will recover. However, slip and fall accidents can cause severe injuries for visitors, especially if the visitors are older.
Five percent of victims break bones in slip and fall accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are a common reason for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Each year, 30,000 people die from injuries caused by a fall.
How Our Lawyers Can Assist With Your Slip and Fall Accident Lawsuit
When it comes to a slip and fall accident lawsuit, the property owners and their insurance companies will use different tactics to avoid accountability. One of the ways that an insurance company will prevent their client from being held liable is by arguing that your actions contributed to your slip and fall accident. The insurance company may argue that you ignored the property owner’s warnings about the hazard.
What Will the Insurance Company Do?
To pay out as little as they can to claimants, insurance companies first offer less than the claim’s true worth. They make this initial offer hoping that someone going through the ordeal of recovering from their injuries will feel a temptation to accept a quick and painless offer.
It is often in your best interest not to accept their initial offer. The second thing they often try is to shift some of the blame toward the accident victim to justify a small payout.
What Our Lawyers Bring to the Table
To prove how negligent the defendant was in your slip and fall accident, our slip and fall lawyers can help your case in the following ways:
Focusing on a Client-Centered Approach
Instead of proceeding through every step of a lawsuit without your knowledge, we take the time to learn about you and focus on the desired outcome that you want for your lawsuit. In some cases, insurance companies will offer a low settlement offer to clients to resist taking the lawsuit to trial. We will not agree to these outcomes that do not serve you and your interests. We take the time to learn more about you and your story instead of treating you like another number.
Incorporating the Use of Case Management Technology
Our slip and fall lawyers also incorporate the use of innovative case management technology to assist with your case. With our cutting-edge technology, we can easily access and organize the facts of your case. This allows us to remain aware of any updates related to your lawsuit and improves the communication between all parties.
Designing Creative Solutions to Your Lawsuit
Another benefit we bring to the table is the ability to design creative solutions for your lawsuit. Like there are several solutions to a problem, there are several ways to resolve a lawsuit.
We dedicate ourselves to using all of our resources to find the best solution for your lawsuit. One of our firm partners—Lauren Varner—has resolved hundreds of cases before filing formal proceedings against the at-fault parties, which many lawyers can rarely accomplish.
Compensation You Might Seek In Slip and Fall Accidents
When you are in a slip and fall accident, you deserve compensation for:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Expenses for in-home medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to your accident
- Medical devices and instruments
- Prescription medications
- Funeral expenses (if your loved one died from a slip and fall accident)
Steps to Take Following a Slip and Fall Accident
Get evaluated for any injuries, and make sure to file an accident report. Follow all medical advice from the doctors and refrain from posting on social media. Avoid speaking with insurance adjusters from the business or property owner and instead, contact a slip and fall attorney immediately.
Slip and Fall FAQs
What are my legal rights if I have suffered an injury on a rental property?
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you can file a lawsuit against a couple of parties. You can file a lawsuit against the landlord who is responsible for maintaining the property. You can also file a lawsuit against the renter if the renter fails to inform the landlord of any hazardous condition on the property.
What are the common locations where slip and fall accidents happen?
In general, slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere. However, some common locations where slip and fall accidents can happen include sidewalks, restaurants, retail stores, supermarkets, construction sites, and apartment buildings.
What if my slip and fall accident happens on government property? Will the government agency be liable for my injuries?
It depends on the circumstances of your accident. Like other property owners, government agencies have a responsibility to visitors to their property. If you suffered an injury on the property of a government agency, you can file a lawsuit against it, but the process will differ.
Every person has to file a personal injury lawsuit within a particular deadline. With lawsuits filed against a government agency, the statute of limitations is shorter than the regular deadline.
Government agencies protect themselves through sovereign immunity. This prevents plaintiffs from holding government agencies liable for their injuries. To give your slip and fall case the best chance of success against a government agency, contact us today.
What are some of the actions that I can take to help strengthen my slip and fall lawsuit?
A few actions can help improve the chances of your slip and fall lawsuit. The first action is to seek immediate medical attention. Visiting a medical provider can help you accurately document your injuries and add to the credibility of your accident.
Next, inform the property owner of your accident, then gather as much evidence as you can. If possible, take photos of the accident scene, the uneven stairway, the flooring conditions, the weather, and other crucial information.
How much is my slip and fall accident lawsuit worth?
The value of your slip and fall lawsuit depends on the nature of your accident. Factors that can determine the worth of your lawsuit include the severity of your injuries, the possibility of a recovery, and the possibility of proving the other party negligent.
For example, if your injuries are serious, that can increase the compensation you are entitled to in your lawsuit. However, if the chances of proving the other party negligent are slim, this factor can diminish the worth of your lawsuit.
An experienced slip and fall accident lawyer can calculate the actual worth of your claim.
Speak to a Centennial Slip and Fall Lawyer Today
After a slip and fall accident, you want a slip and fall lawyer with integrity, experience, and aggressiveness.
At Varner Faddis Elite Legal, LLC, we adopt the most creative approaches to help our clients achieve the desired outcomes for their lawsuits. We are passionate about providing ethical, effective, and serious legal representation to each client. Call our Centennial slip and fall lawyers at (720) 770-8335 or contact us online for your free case evaluation.
6025 South Quebec St.
Centennial, CO 80111