As the 2nd leading cause of injury in the U.S., a slip and fall can occur instantly and when you least expect it. Although the actual incident only takes a few seconds, the effects can last for months or even years. Some of these accidents can even prove fatal – each year, 16,000 people on average lose their lives due to slip & fall accidents.
Slip & fall accidents can occur just about anywhere too.
Perhaps you’re entering a store on a snowy day and slip on a slick surface. Or, perhaps you’re at a party at a neighbor’s house and trip over a toy or some other object that’s out of place.
Regardless of whether the slip & fall injury occurred in a public place or at a private residence, property owners must take reasonable care to protect the safety of patrons and guests
Known in the legal profession as premises liability, Colorado law is quite clear in that property owners are liable for injuries resulting from neglect or outright reckless disregard for the safety of patrons and guests.
In fact, over 70% of falls in the U.S. happen due to poor maintenance.
Perhaps a hazard is present due to poor design – a poorly designed door for example can present a trip hazard. Or perhaps a spill occurs in a restaurant or some other establishment and isn’t cleaned up or clearly marked.
One thing that will be clear is the costs incurred for treating your injuries, which is why a Colorado slip & fall attorney is often times needed to ensure you’re compensated for medical costs and lost wages
If it’s proven that your slip & fall accident occurred because a property owner was negligent in their obligation to identify hazards and protect their patrons and guests, you can be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages.
While rare, you may be entitled to punitive damages as well if it’s determined the property owner(s) had “reckless” disregard for safety.
In order for you to obtain compensation though, you will have to prove without a doubt that the property owner was indeed negligent in their obligation.
This is where an experienced slip & fall attorney in Colorado is critical. R. Mack Babcock and associates at the Babcock Law Firm possess the needed experience and background to obtain justice
An experienced, compassionate attorney will take the time to carefully listen to your case, interview witnesses and evaluate the accident scene – in person.
However, an attorney can’t do it all by themselves.
Take pictures of the accident area as soon as possible and gather contact information for anyone that witnessed the incident. Keep careful records of all doctors’ visits, lost time from work and expenses you incur in treating your injuries.
Of course, you’re highest priority should be obtaining medical attention as soon as possible. Your next priority though should be taking the necessary steps to obtain compensation for your injuries.
Besides taking pictures, gathering witnesses’ contact information and keeping careful records, discuss your case with a qualified, experienced slip & fall attorney in Colorado as soon as possible. The sooner you do the better.
R. Mack Babcock and associates at the Babcock Law Firm in Denver are available to discuss your case and provide you and your family with options for obtaining compensation for your injuries. Contact the Babcock Law Firm to schedule an appointment today.