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What is a Slip and Fall Lawsuit?

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Premises Liability

In a personal injury case, the term “slip and fall” is used to describe an incident where an individual slips or is injured while on somebody else’s property. Slip and fall cases are based in Colorado premises liability law. State law requires businesses and property owners to keep their premises in a safe condition. If they fail to meet these requirements, they may be at fault when a visitor or guest slips and falls because of a hazardous situation.

Responsible Parties

Most personal injury cases like premises liability are based on some sort of negligence. With premises liability, the negligence is from the business or property owner. An example of negligence could be if the owner had knowledge of the hazard and failed to block off the area or put up signs to alert others of the hazard. To establish that the owner had knowledge of the hazardous condition, it must be proved that the owner either:

  • Knew the condition existed and failed to fix it

  • Created the condition

  • The hazard existed for so long that the owner should have discovered and corrected it prior to the incident in question

For the property owner to be held liable, it must have been foreseeable that their negligence would create the danger or hazard in question.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Examples of causes of slip and fall accidents may be:

  • A wet floor without a wet floor sign

  • Broken stairwells or balconies

  • Uneven or rough driveways and walkways

  • Torn carpeting and loose rugs

  • Cracked sidewalks

  • Weather-related conditions like snow, puddles, and ice

In order to collect, the plaintiff must have sustained some kind of injury. Common injuries may include spine and back injuries, brain injuries, and broken or fractured bones. These injuries can be life altering, causing brain damage, paralyzation, and even death. For this reason, we take slip and fall accidents very seriously. 

Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident?

Our slip and fall attorneys in Grand Junction can thoroughly investigate your accident to assert your claim and pursue the full and fair amount of damages you are due. If you believe you have a claim, reach out to the injury lawyers at Veritas. We have decades of experience and are ready to help you understand your options during a free initial consultation.

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