Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Colorado
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Samantha L. Pryor, Esq. with The Halliburton Law Firm, LLC.
Slip and fall accidents are responsible for most brain and hip injuries, as well as approximately 50% of in-home accident deaths according to the National Floor Safety Institute. While some causes of slip and fall accidents are universal, slip and fall and trip and fall hazards can also be area-specific, with some locations more likely to see these injuries than others, increasing the responsibility of controlling parties to take adequate preventative measures.
For example, businesses and property owners located in areas of the country that frequently see ice and snow are particularly responsible for making sure that any walkways in or out of the building are free from slippery substances that could cause a patron or employee to fall and suffer an injury. If a business or property owner fails to take adequate safety precautions to prevent slip and fall injuries on the premises, they may be considered liable for any resulting damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents in Colorado include:
- Untreated or poorly treated ice, snow, or slush
- Spilled fluids
- Broken steps
- Cracked pavement
- Obstacles in a walkway
- Poor lighting
- Broken or missing railings
- Changes in elevation from one walking surface to another
While these are not the only ways that slip-and-falls or trip-and-falls can occur, these causes are common enough that property owners, property managers, and business owners alike should all be reasonably aware enough to generally protect anyone passing through the premises from.
If you or a loved one were injured in a slip-and-fall, it’s important to document the event.
Proving when, where, and how a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall occurred is vital to investigating and proving any potential negligence on the part of the property owner. It’s important to take pictures of any and all conditions that may have caused or contributed to the accident, as well as to retain a copy of any emails or letters documenting requests to have the condition repaired prior to or following the incident. For example, if a resident requested for an apartment complex to repair a faulty railing, the apartment fails to do so in a timely manner, and an injury occurs due to the faulty railing, the complex may be liable—especially if the injured person can prove that the management company was aware of the hazardous condition yet failed to repair it before the injury occurred.
Slip-and-fall attorneys can help prove who was responsible for the condition that caused the injury.
The good news is that most personal injury attorneys, including those who handle slip-and-fall accidents, offer free consultations and even work on contingency, which means clients don’t pay unless and until they win their claim. This allows the injured person and their family to focus on healing and a return to daily life rather than worrying about additional expenses to add to the existing medical bills and lost wages. Additionally, slip-and-fall attorneys can help hold the liable party accountable to ensure that future visitors or patrons of the property do not suffer similar injuries in the future.
To learn more about slip and fall accidents in Colorado, or for help filing a claim, reach out to an experienced slip-and-fall injury attorney in your area.