Longmont Slip & Fall Accident Attorneys
Compassionate & Professional Legal Assistance
Suffering a serious injury after slipping and falling on someone else’s property is frustrating. Finding out that the proprietor doesn’t want to accept any responsibility for what happened is downright upsetting, though.
If you’re preparing to go head-to-head with a proprietor’s insurance company for a premises liability claim, you should take the stress off your shoulders by recruiting the Longmont slip and fall lawyers of Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. first. We know Colorado’s premises liability laws inside and out, so you don’t need to worry about learning legalese and courtroom rules yourself. When you allow us to represent you throughout your case, all of our insight, experiences, and talents effectively become your own.
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Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents
Throughout our 30+ years of practice experience, you could say that our team has seen a thing or three when it comes to slip and fall accident cases. We are familiar with all sorts of causes of slip and fall accidents, as well as how to prove that they were the property owner’s responsibility.
A few of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents are:
- Wet floors: Spills on tile flooring are dangerous, especially if the liquid is clear like water. Visitors and guests might walk right into a puddle without realizing it.
- Lifted carpets: Rugs and carpets must be kept in good condition. Otherwise, a lift or tear in them could catch someone’s foot and cause them to trip.
- Stray cables: In office settings, stray cables and wires can be hazardous if they are located next to pathways that people frequently use.
- Ice and snow: Here in Colorado, shopkeepers need to always be wary of ice and snow that can collect at their doorstep and take appropriate actions to clear it.
- Missing handrails: Steps and stairs should include a handrail to allow people to better keep their balance while ascending and descending.
- Dimly lit spaces: Trip and slip hazards are all the riskier in dimly lit spaces. Property owners and managers need to replace defective lights within a reasonable amount of time.
Injuries Suffered in Slip & Falls
What can happen to someone who suffers a slip and fall accident? The extent of their injuries can depend, in part, on their age and overall health. For example, slip and fall accidents are among the leading causes of catastrophic injury and death among elders in nursing homes because they are more vulnerable to bone fractures due to their advanced age.
Injuries that slip and fall accident victims often suffer include:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord damage
It is also common for slip and fall accident survivors to experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms if their physical injuries were catastrophic or life-changing. When calculating the damages owed to you, our Longmont slip and fall accident attorneys will consider how you have been mentally and emotionally affected by your accident, which will add to your non-economic damage amount.
Open & Obvious Hazards & Why They Matter
A staple of premises liability and slip and fall accident claims is the concept of an “open and obvious hazard,” which is a hazard that is located where visitors can go and that should have been noticed by the proprietor with an appropriate amount of precaution. Open and obvious hazards are important for slip and fall accident claims because it becomes more difficult to seek compensation when the hazard is neither open nor obvious, i.e., you fell in an unusual location and slipped due to an inconspicuous hazard.
Open and obvious hazard arguments can go both ways, though. You will argue that the property owner failed to address an obvious hazard in a reasonable amount of time, but the property owner will argue that you failed to exercise a reasonable amount of care owed to yourself. In other words, they will probably ask why you didn’t notice and avoid the hazard if it was “open and obvious?” Unless you are prepared to counter their arguments with clear, concise points, your case could be in trouble. But hiring a slip and fall accident attorney could help you better prepare.
The longer you wait to take legal action after a slip and fall accident, the more it benefits the defendant. As time goes on, you will naturally start to forget more and more details of your accident. Before long, your recollection of the incident could get cloudy and the opposition will jump at that chance to say that your story is fabricated.
Instead of giving the opposition the benefit of time to plan, spring into action with Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. and our Longmont slip and fall accident attorneys. We are standing by to hear from you the moment you need legal assistance and moral support.
For an initial consultation, call (720) 809-8310 or contact us online.
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