Denver Slip and Fall Attorney
When is it time to contact a Denver slip and fall attorney?
While you might think that slip and fall accidents can only result in minor injuries, our experience is that this simply isn’t the case. In an accident where a twenty year old might fall and bruise a knee, a sixty year old could fall and break a hip. That type of injury could lead to financial disaster and dramatic changes in mobility and quality of life. The reality is that slip and fall accidents can happen any time of year and cause devastating injuries.
The laws regarding liability for slip and falls vary from place to place, but they all generally require a Denver slip and fall attorney to evaluate why you were on the property. A property owner or person in control of the property is responsible in different degrees depending on why the injured person was on the property. The reasons why you might be on someone else’s property can be broken down into three classes.
First, you could be an invitee. You are an invitee if you were invited onto someone else’s property for their benefit; one example would be you entering property for business reasons, such as going shopping or into a restaurant. To recover for injuries from a slip, fall, or other accident as an invitee, you would have to prove that they unreasonably failed to protect against a danger or harm that they actually knew about or should have known about.
You could be categorized as a licensee while on someone else’s property. You are a Licensee when you have been invited to enter someone else’s property for a reason other than a business purpose, such as when you’re a guest in another’s home. A licensee can recover for their slip and fall injuries caused by a fall or other accident by proving that they unreasonably failed to exercise reasonable care regarding a danger that they created and that they knew about and failed to warn you about, or when they failed to warn of dangers that are not ordinarily present on the property and that they actually knew about that specific danger.
Finally, you could be a trespasser. This means that you were on someone else’s property for your own purpose and without an invitation of any kind. A trespasser typically can’t recover for their injuries, unless the property owner willfully or deliberately caused the trespasser’s injuries. All of these situations should be evaluated by a Denver slip and fall attorney.
Keep in mind that there are special rules regarding accidents that happen on government property. In those cases you must act very quickly to recover for your injuries. In all legal actions there is a period of time called a statute of limitations during which you must bring an action. For accidents on government property, it can be a very short period of time. You should act immediately if you’ve been injured by any type of accident. It is often very hard to go back and gather evidence about the conditions that existed on the property at the time of the accident.
If you, or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, please contact a Denver slip and fall attorney at Franklin D. Azar & Associates today!