Injury Attorneys Serving Denver, Boulder & Fort Collins, CO
Premises Liability Attorneys Representing Victims of Slip and fall Accidents
Under Colorado law, property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises safe and warn visitors of potential hazards. If they fail to do so, and someone is injured on the property, the owner could be held liable and ordered to pay the victim damages for any resulting losses and expenses. Certain factors are weighed in determining whether a property owner is, indeed, liable for the injury, and the law can be difficult for the average person to decipher. Experienced premises liability attorney J. Todd Tenge of the Boulder and Denver;area helps injured victims understand their legal rights and pursue compensation. Contact the Tenge Law Firm today, also serving Fort Collins, Denver, and surrounding areas, to schedule a consultation with our legal team.
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Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents, the most common type of premises liability accident, can cause catastrophic physical injuries – for example, brain or spinal cord injuries. This is especially common among older adults. Falls are not only extremely prevalent among the elderly – the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates that one out of every three adults over the age of 65 falls each year – but also a leading cause of death.
If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s unsafe property, contact the Tenge Law Firm for more information about your legal rights and options.
Common Premises Liability Cases
Some of the most common issues that result in premises liability cases include:
- Negligent security
- Stairway accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Swimming pool drowning accidents
- Malfunctioning elevators and escalators
- Inadequate snow and ice removal
- Unsafely stacked merchandise in stores
- Inadequate lighting
- Defective handrails
To determine whether a property owner is responsible for an injury that occurred on his or her property, it’s important to identify the victim as an invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser.
- An invitee is someone who has been invited – either directly or indirectly – to the property; patrons of a restaurant, shop, or other place of business are classified as invitees. Property owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care to keep their premises safe and prevent invitees from injuring themselves on the property.
- An individual who enters the property for his or her own benefit – for example, a houseguest – is classified as a licensee. Homeowners have a responsibility to warn licensees of potential and foreseeable dangers on the property.
- A trespasser, on the other hand, enters the property without the owner’s consent. The property owner owes the smallest duty of care to trespassers who harm themselves on the property.
Contact Our Premises Liability Attorneys
If you would like more information about Colorado premises liability laws,contact attorney J. Todd Tenge of the Boulder area to schedule a personal consultation. A representative from our office will respond to your query promptly.