Slip and Fall Lawyers in Denver
A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere in Denver. In a city this busy, with so many things going on, the risks to passersby, customers, residents, and pedestrians can be significant. While you must take care and look where you are going, property owners do not have blanket permission to do whatever they want, especially when they invite you onto their private property.
The second someone opens their place of business to customers, you become an invited guest. If you can prove that the person responsible for the premises was to blame for your fall, you can recover financial compensation through a premises liability claim.
However, successfully navigating a personal injury claim involving a fall injury or some other premises liability issue can be challenging. You will need to hold the property owner liable for your injuries, and you will need to collect a lot of evidence to support your fall accident claim.
The Denver slip and fall accident attorneys at Varner Faddis Elite Legal have extensive experience helping clients throughout Colorado with their fall accident claims and other premises liability claims. We can evaluate your case and help you determine liability and fight hard to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 720-809-8380 or complete our online contact form to schedule a free consultation concerning your fall injury claim.
Why Choose Us as Your Denver Slip and Fall Attorney
The premises liability lawyers at Varner Faddis Elite Legal have obtained a remarkable track record of fighting for our clients to get the compensation they need, whether from a settlement or jury award. We have obtained $590,000 for a client in a premises liability case, and we have recovered millions of dollars in total compensation for our clients dealing with complex legal issues stemming from another party’s negligence or wrongdoing.
Our fall accident attorneys have earned Top 40 Under 40 rankings from the National Trial Lawyers Association and the Association of American Trial Lawyers, along with many other top rankings and endorsements from our peers.
Devoted to superior client service, our attorneys have also received many five-star client reviews on Google as well as dozens of testimonials and referrals from injured victims we have had the pleasure to serve. Our law firm has also received the 10 Best in Client Satisfaction award from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
You can count on us for compassionate, personalized representation each step of the way, and we promise to do all we can to maximize your financial recovery so you can focus on getting better and enjoying your life.
If you slipped, tripped, and fell on someone else’s property and you feel the property owner is liable for your injuries, you can contact us and speak with us at no cost to find out if you have a valid slip and fall claim. We have extensive knowledge of Colorado’s premises liability laws, and we are highly skilled negotiators and litigators who will fight hard to help you get all you deserve.
Call us now at 720-809-8380 or go online and complete our online contact form to speak with a Denver slip and fall attorney who is looking out for you and your best interests.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen in many ways:
- The Denver area receives nearly 50 inches of snow annually. Homeowners must clear snow from their walkways. If they do not clear snow and ice in a reasonable amount of time, they must pay for your injuries if you slip on their walk. The same thing goes for residential complexes where the landlord has a legal obligation to clean the common areas.
- You can slip in the aisle of a grocery store such as King Soopers or Walmart. Employees or customers can drop and break a jar of liquid that spills onto the floor. If the store does not clean the damage in a reasonable amount of time or place warning signs, they can be liable.
- Parts of Denver (especially the Central Business District) seem like a constant construction zone – someone may leave debris on the sidewalk, and you may trip. City sidewalks can also be in poor shape, and the city can be liable for injuries when they do not keep the sidewalks in reasonable condition.
- Apartment landlords need to keep common areas and stairwells in good repair. Leaving equipment around or failing to fix broken banisters can cause falls.
No matter the cause of your slip and fall accident, you shouldn’t have to bear the financial costs of your medical bills, treatment costs, and other out-of-pocket expenses if the accident occurred because of someone else’s negligence.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Even though people think of slip and fall accidents as common, nothing is typical about your injuries. All it takes is a body part hitting against the ground or another hard object or a fall at an awkward angle to severely injure you.
People suffer significant injuries in falls, and some common slip and fall injuries include:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Approximately three million people need treatment in an emergency room every year because of fall injuries. These hospital visits can get expensive. Any time you are in the ER, you can expect a bill for thousands of dollars, and even with insurance, you may still have to pay a lot out of pocket. Also, these totals do not account for necessary future medical expenses you may incur.
Insurance Companies Make Your Life Harder
Insurance companies take a very skeptical view of slip and fall cases. They try to take advantage of the perception that these are common injuries to deny liability and reduce the size of your settlement check. Even though millions of people are injured in falls each year, it does nothing to get the property owner off the hook when they have been careless.
Notwithstanding the common refrain that accidents happen, they should not occur due to the property owner’s carelessness. Then, an accident becomes negligence, and you can recover financial compensation.
Nonetheless, the burden of proof falls on you, which makes slip and fall cases more complicated than the average personal injury case. You should not let the difficulty stop you from pursuing financial compensation, however. If someone else was responsible for your injury, they must pay you damages. When you are on someone else’s property, the property owners owe you a legal duty, regardless of whether they gave you a verbal invitation to be there.
Property owners can owe duties to others by:
- Having a public sidewalk in front of their homes
- Opening their store for business
- Owning an apartment complex that rents out residences
- Having facilities that the public can use
You may also hold a property owner liable if you visited their private property and suffered a fall injury.
When Someone Else Must Pay for Your Injuries
While the legal theory behind slip and fall cases sounds simple, it can be more difficult in practice.
There are two ways that you can hold a property owner or the person who controls the premises liable for your slip and fall injuries:
- If they create the dangerous conditions themselves, they are responsible no matter how long the condition existed before your injury.
- If someone else created a dangerous condition (for example, a customer breaks a jar with liquid), property owners have a reasonable amount of time to fix it or place a warning around it.
In every personal injury case, what is reasonable depends on the circumstances. In the second example, a property owner may claim that they did not know about the dangerous condition and could not fix it. However, only so much time can pass before they get treated as if they knew. Pretending not to know about something or just not checking the premises frequently enough are not excuses.
How to Prove that Someone Else Was Responsible for Your Fall
Nonetheless, you have quite a bit to prove in your slip and fall case. You can always count on an insurance company to deny liability unless you come with solid evidence in your claim. You will not get the benefit of the doubt.
The problem is that you can lose slip and fall evidence very quickly. Your best chances of proving liability come when you obtain:
- Pictures of the accident scene that show the property’s condition at the time you fell
- Eyewitness testimony from someone who saw the dangerous condition or your accident
- Maintenance logs that can indicate whether and when the property owner inspected the property
- Video camera footage, which may exist if you were injured in a business or a parking lot
The best form of evidence is when someone else sees what happened and can testify about it. The firsthand story from an objective third party goes a long way in making your claim more credible.
Gathering proof and presenting it to the insurance company or a court is no easy task. First, you may be dealing with injuries of your own that prevent you from taking an active role in your case. Second, the defendant may have possession of these sources of evidence, and they do not want to hand them over to you.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident Injury
There are two essential things to do after being injured in a slip and fall accident. You must do both of them quickly before you lose valuable time.
The first thing is to see a doctor after your injury. Insurance companies are skeptical of these injuries. They may even claim that you are making up your condition and are not really hurt. Alternatively, they may argue that your injuries came from something other than the accident.
When you visit a doctor, you will get a medical diagnosis of your injuries. The closer it is to the actual accident, the more credible your claim is when you say you receive your injury in your fall.
Your second step is to hire an attorney to help you navigate the legal process. The longer you wait to hire an attorney and start the claims process, the more difficult it will be for you. In addition, waiting to hire an attorney will mean that you lose crucial evidence needed to prove your claim. Many personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, so you probably won’t have to pay any money upfront.
Without an attorney, you can end up with nothing or far less money when the insurer unfairly tries to blame you. Slip and fall cases are often as much about defending yourself as they are about proving someone else liable.
The Insurance Company Will Not Take You Seriously Without a Lawyer
When you approach an insurance company on your own in a slip and fall case, they will likely not take you seriously or honor your claim. In fact, they may try to place blame on you and ask you questions about the accident that can lead you into saying something that suggests you were responsible.
For instance, the insurer may claim that you were clumsy and the accident was your fault. Insurance companies use this as a common tactic to avoid paying for damages that their policyholders cause. Even if you are partially to blame for your accident, you can still recover financial compensation.
The insurer may also claim that the danger was open and obvious, and you should have seen it. This defense is another way they try to explain clear-cut negligence and point the finger at you.
You should never submit an injury claim or talk to the insurance company without first consulting a personal injury lawyer. An experienced Denver slip and fall attorney will understand Colorado’s premises liability laws and will understand how insurance companies operate to prevent them from using questionable defense tactics to avoid paying on your claim.
To increase your chances for success, you should retain an experienced Denver slip and fall attorney immediately after your accident and have them deal with the insurance company for you.
How an Attorney Helps Your Slip and Fall Case
When you hire a slip and fall attorney, they will:
- Speak with you and explain how you may obtain financial compensation for your injuries
- Gather the evidence necessary for you to meet your burden of proof
- Prepare and submit your claim to the insurance company or file your lawsuit in court
- Estimate the value of your damages so you have a starting point in negotiations
- Tell your side of the story and defend you when someone tries to blame you for your injuries
- Negotiate a settlement agreement or explain your damages to a jury
If your case goes to court, you will certainly need an attorney to file your premises liability lawsuit in civil court and handle all the legal processes and procedures involved. Before trial, your attorney will take part in discovery, which is where both sides request evidence and information from the opposing side to help build their cases. They will also gather witness testimony through depositions and interrogatories.
At trial, both your attorney and the defense’s attorney will examine and cross-examine witnesses to try and refute any witness testimony that damages their case. This means the defense will cross-examine you and try to poke holes in your story. However, your attorney will likely call medical experts and other specialists who can testify to the severity of your injuries and their causes. Your lawyer may also call you to the stand to testify about how your injuries have severely affected your life.
Your attorney’s job is to prove through evidence the defendant is liable for your injuries and present a compelling story as to how you have suffered greatly and needlessly because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence.
Having an attorney is vital to ensuring the insurance company takes you seriously, and a lawyer can send clear and assertive messages to the insurer that they honor their policies and pay you what you need and deserve to avoid going to court.
Denver Slip and Fall FAQs
What happens if the insurance company denies my claim?
The insurance company is not a substitute for a jury, who is the real decision-maker for your legal rights. If the insurance company denies your claim, you can always file a lawsuit against the defendant in court. Insurance companies generally know which cases they need to settle and when they have a better chance of winning in court. However, it does not mean that an insurance company will not wrongfully deny your claim.
What will a slip and fall accident lawyer cost me?
Almost every personal injury lawyer, including a slip and fall attorney, works on a contingency basis. You will not need to write them a check for a retainer fee like other attorneys charge, nor will you need to pay them as your case progresses. You only need to pay a lawyer who works on contingency if they recover compensation for you. Then, the firm will take the money directly from the proceeds of your settlement or jury award. Your lawyer should discuss all fee schedules and how they expect compensation for their own costs and services before you sign a contract with them.
How long will my slip and fall case take to conclude?
It is hard to give you a precise estimate other than to say that the legal process will take time to unfold – sometimes even years. You do not want it to be over too quickly because it means that you have taken an early settlement offer that was for too little, or the insurance company denied your claim. You should be patient and let your lawyer work for you. The important thing is to begin the process as soon as you can.
Call a Denver Slip and Fall Lawyer
When you call Varner Faddis Elite Legal, LLC, you’ll talk to one of our Denver slip and fall accident attorneys – not a computer, assistant, or paralegal. Our founding partners dedicate their personal time and attention to each case, and we’re always here when you need us.
You’ll benefit from focused, results-oriented attorneys to help you get maximum compensation for your slip and fall case in Denver.
Contact us now for a free consultation.
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