More than 1 million people arrive at emergency rooms every year with injuries resulting from a slip and fall. Those injuries range from minor to fatal. All come at a cost, and if they were caused due to someone else’s negligence, they are responsible for compensating the victim for their damages.
At Downs, McDonough, Cowan & Foley, we represent clients who suffer injuries in slips, trips, and falls caused by unsafe conditions. If you live or were injured in Durango, Telluride, Pagosa Springs, Cortez, or anywhere in the Four Corners, we may be able to help you recover compensation for the economic and noneconomic damages you have incurred.
What Are Slips, Trips, and Falls?
Slip or trip and fall accidents occur when someone fails to maintain a premises, such as a sidewalk, floor, or stairs, in a way that keeps it safe for others to use. The property owner or leaseholder owes a duty of care to provide safe premises. Colorado’s Premises Liability Act specifically holds parties responsible for the safety of their premises and liable for the damages of anyone who pays the price for their negligence.
A convenience store, for example, invites customers to come in the store and customers should expect that it is safe to do so. However, if a drink machine has been leaking onto the floor and the store has not cleaned up the liquid or marked the area as hazardous, and a customer slips and falls on the substance, the store is responsible for their injuries. The same is true with a governmental entity, such as a municipality, that fails to repair or clearly mark an uneven sidewalk in front of city hall which creates the dangerous potential for someone to trip, fall, and injure themselves.
You have two years from the date of the slip and fall to settle a third-party insurance claim or to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. If the negligent party is a governmental entity, this statute of limitations is only 180 days.