If you have been injured in a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall accident, you need to know your legal rights! David Downs is very familiar with Colorado laws and stays up-to-date on changes and relevant court rulings.
Here in Colorado, the laws vary depending on whose property you were on when you fell and why you were on the owner’s property when you fell. For instance, if you fall at your friends home while visiting, then the law is generally more favorable to the homeowner. If you fall while at a retail store while shopping, then the laws are generally more favorable to you, the injured person. Colorado laws look at both the property owner’s fault and your potential fault when deciding how much you can recover from the property owner.
Property owners can be held liable (at fault) for hazardous conditions on their property. Whether the property owner can be liable depends on the type of the hazardous condition. If the hazardous condition was a permanent one that the property owner knew about or should have known about, like a loose step or broken handrail, then the property owner may very well be responsible for your injuries. If the hazardous condition was a temporary problem like snow or ice on their sidewalks and landings, then the liability gets harder to prove.
Slips, trips and falls are a confusing area of law here in Colorado. The laws often change. You need to talk with an experienced local attorney to get a better idea of what rights you have and how to proceed. David Downs has handled numerous slip and fall cases in Southwest Colorado, both as a defense attorney for the property owner and as an injury attorney for those who were injured. To know your legal rights, please call us at 970-247-8020 or email us.