Property owners and managers typically have a responsibility to keep their establishments safe for the people who visit them. When they fail to take the necessary care in keeping their businesses or establishments safe and, as a result, people slip, trip or fall and hurt themselves, these negligent property owners or managers can be held liable for a person’s injuries and losses.
At Cristiano Law, LLC, our Denver premises liability attorneys know how to prove negligence in these cases and can help slip, trip and fall accident victims secure the settlements they deserve.
Examples of Negligence that Can Cause Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents
The negligence or carelessness that can lead to slip, trip and fall accidents can come in many forms. Some specific examples of this type of negligence include (but are not limited to):
- Failure to clean up spills, snow or rain accumulations
- Failure to fix uneven, cracked or treacherous walkways
- Failure to post signs to warn people of sudden drop-offs in the flooring, uneven flooring or potentially wet or slippery flooring
- Failure to install or maintain railings in stairwells
- Lack of lighting in certain areas of a property
- Leaving wires, cables or other potentially hazardous features exposed
- Leaving objects in walkways or heavily traveled paths.
Proving Negligence in Slip, Trip and Fall Accident Cases
In Colorado, to prove that a property owner’s negligence caused a person to be injured in a slip, trip and/or fall accident, the following has to be established:
- The conditions at the property where the accident occurred put people at a significant and unreasonable risk of injury.
- The person responsible for the safety of the property knew or should have reasonably known about the dangerous conditions at the property.
- The person responsible for the safety of the property caused the dangerous conditions, failed to fix the dangers and/or failed to warn people about the dangerous conditions.
- The injuries in question were directly caused by the dangerous conditions at the property.
Although it can be challenging to prove what someone knew or should have known about, evidence like property maintenance records, photographs of the property or employees’ witness testimony can go a long way in proving negligence in these cases.
It’s important to note that people injured in slip, trip, and/or fall accidents may NOT have a right to compensation in the event that they:
- Were trespassing on the property (i.e., did not have the legal right to be on the property)
- Were being reckless on the property (by, for example, jumping off of a building’s rooftop, sliding down stair railings, etc.).
The Denver Slip, Trip and Fall Accident Lawyers at Cristiano Law, LLC
If you have been injured in a slip, tripping or falling accident, the Denver premises liability attorneys at Cristiano Law, LLC are ready to put their experience and resources to work for you.
For more than 33 years, our respected lawyers have been upholding the belief that the practice of law is a helping profession. As a result, they have been firmly committed to providing people who have been hurt by the careless or indifferent actions of others the highest quality of legal services. Whether inside or outside of the courtroom, our Denver slip, trip and fall accident attorneys will always stand up for our clients’ rights, will provide them with honest answers about their case and will work vigorously to help them secure the justice and compensation they deserve.
Learn More at an Initial Consult
We welcome people who have been hurt in slip, trip and falling accidents and who would like to learn more about their rights and options to attend an initial consult with one of our Denver slip, trip and fall accident lawyers. In most cases, these initial consultations are free, and we can get a case started at no cost. To set up a meeting with one of our attorneys, call us at (303) 407-1777 or email us using the form on this page.
Evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience, and our attorneys can commute to your city or town to ensure that you get the legal help you need wherever you may need it.