Denver Slip and Fall Attorneys
Every year, trip/slip and fall accidents send more than 1 million people to the emergency room, according to the National Floor Safety Institute. Fall accidents in general lead to more than 8 million hospital visits annually. Suffering a trip/slip and fall accident can cause a variety of serious personal injuries, from fractures to brain trauma. If you or a family member has recently been in a trip/slip and fall accident in Denver take legal action immediately. Our experience in this practice area can help you obtain fair compensation.
Why Choose Us as Your Lawyer
Varner Faddis Elite Legal, LLC has more than 32 years of combined experience. Our focus is personal injury law, with an emphasis on premises liability. Attorney Lauren Varner has extensive experience with trip/slip and fall cases. Most of the time, general liability insurance carriers deny premises claims outright. Lauren’s unique skill and experience can be exactly what you need for an efficient, successful trip/slip and fall claim.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
You don’t want to go up against a property owner and his/her insurance company alone. The insurance company will have significant legal resources to expend in fighting your claim. If you aren’t careful, you may agree to a fast (and low) settlement or say something over the phone that hurts your claim. Hiring a lawyer safeguards your rights and prevents insurance companies from taking advantage of you after a slip and fall accident in Denver, CO.
What Are Trip/Slip and Fall Accidents?
A trip/slip and fall case is one involving a property defect that causes a visitor to fall and sustain an injury. When a slippery surface, uneven sidewalk, defective staircase, loose rug, exposed wires, greasy floor, obstacles, improper footwear, or poor lighting contributes to a slip, trip, or fall and resulting injuries, the owner in charge of premises safety may be liable. Common injuries fall victims suffer include fractures (namely to the hip, wrist, and ankles), skull and brain injuries, spine injuries, and soft-tissue injuries. If you have any type of fall-related injury, contact an attorney to determine liability.
Liability, or legal responsibility, for a trip/slip and fall comes down to who or what was the proximate cause of the accident. Determining liability takes an understanding Colorado premises liability laws. In Colorado, property owners are legally responsible for maintaining and controlling their properties. This includes making sure they are reasonably safe places for three types of visitors:
- Invitees. Property owners invite invitees to enter the premises for the property owner’s reasons, such as to sell goods to the invitee. Property owners must afford invitees the highest standard of care.
- Licensees. Property owners invite licensees to enter for the licensee’s reasons, such as to come to a pool party. Licensees require a slighter lesser standard of care than invitees.
- Trespassers. Property owners do not invite or permit trespassers to enter the premises. The only standards of care owed to trespassers is not to intentionally cause them harm.
A property owner’s liability for your damages will depend on the type of visitor you were when the trip/slip and fall accident occurred. As an invitee, the property owner owes you duties to inspect for unknown hazards, repair known fall hazards, and post warning signs. As a licensee, however, the owner does not have the duty to search for unknown hazards. Understanding your classification, property owner duties, and liability would likely require help from an attorney.
Contact Us Today
When you call Varner Faddis Elite Legal, LLC, you’ll talk to one of our attorneys – not a computer, assistant, or paralegal. Our founding partners dedicate their personal time and attention to each case. You’ll benefit from focused, results-oriented attorneys to help you obtain the best compensation for your slip and fall case in Denver. Contact us now for a free consultation.