Colorado Springs Slip-and-Fall Accident Lawyers
While an accident can strike at any time, we expect business owners to maintain their property in a manner that makes it safe for the public. This is especially true in office buildings, shopping centers, malls, retail stores, parking lots, and other commercial spaces. Unfortunately, many owners and property managers are careless with their duties or are willing to cut corners to save money. This puts everyone in danger.
Thankfully for residents of Colorado Springs, our state has strict laws that require businesses to exercise all proper caution when it comes to public safety. If they fail to do so, and a patron slips and falls, the patron is entitled to be compensated for his injuries. That's where a premises liability lawyer at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., comes in.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip-and-fall, call us today at (719) 475-2555 to learn more about your options.
A slip-and-fall is loosely defined as just what it sounds like: a person slips on a surface and hits the ground, injuring himself. But it's part of a broader category of accident that would include trips and stumbles.
In general, these falls are caused by an unseen hazard, whether it's a wet floor, ice, or an object left in someone's path. While on occasion a person will just lose his balance and fall over (perhaps due to a medical condition or inebriation), more likely, something caused that fall. Examples of hazards that we see on a regular basis in Colorado Springs include:
- Dim lighting
- Failure to clear snow or ice in a timely manner
- Cables or electrical wiring across a path
- Uneven flooring
- Narrow stairs
- Spilled liquids
- Missing or broken handrails
- Torn carpet
- Debris or objects left in pathways
- Cracked or uneven pavement
- Loose floorboards or welcome mats
- Open cabinets or drawers in a walkway
In many instances, rather than fix the problem, property owners will attempt to warn visitors, for instance, by placing a wet surface sandwich board or hanging a sign. This might work as a temporary solution, but only if the sign is prominently located in a manner that a person cannot fail to see it.
When that hazard is not fixed in a reasonable amount of time, and it causes someone to slip and fall, the victim has a right to compensation.
Slip-and-fall accidents are governed by an area of the law known as premises liability. According to the Colorado Premises Liability Act in C.R.S. § 13-21-115, landowners have a responsibility to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. If they are unable to quickly fix an unsafe situation, they must warn all visitors of the hazard. In Colorado, we know all about the problem that ice and snow can pose in the winter, but this is only one of many possible hazards that property owners are responsible for.
If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall on someone else's property, it's important to consult an experienced premises liability attorney as soon as possible. The sooner we can examine the circumstances, the sooner we can begin building a case on your behalf, and the more likely we will be to successfully recover your damages. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., specializes in protecting victims. Contact us today at (719) 475-2555 to schedule a free consultation.