Sometimes slip and fall accidents happen because we have two left feet. Other than telling you they hope no one saw it, there is not much an attorney can do to help you in those situations. But sometimes slip (or trip) and fall accidents, otherwise known as “premises liability” cases, are caused by dangerous trip hazards or unsafe ground conditions, which are in violation of Colorado state laws, codes, or ordinances. For example, railings are required on stairways to prevent falls and provide support.
Colorado has adopted the International Code Council’s guidelines for these regulations, which requires, among other things, that all railings be built to withstand at least 200 pounds of pressure on the handrail and that all stairways be properly illuminated. According to the American Disabilities Act (ADA), any change in elevation greater than a quarter of an inch that is not beveled, or sloped, is considered a trip hazard.
Under Colorado law, a landowner owes different degrees of care to invitees (store customers) licensees (social guest) and trespassers. To qualify for a claim for compensation for your injuries, financial losses, and pain and suffering, you will need to prove that the landowner failed to use the appropriate degree of care in protecting you against the dangerous condition which caused your injury.
The first thing you should do after a slip (or trip) and fall accident is to take pictures of what caused you to slip or trip. If you are too injured to do so, ask someone nearby or even the paramedics who pick you up to take some photos on their cell phone. Make sure you get immediate medical attention for your injuries. After that, if you feel up to it, call an attorney to discuss what happened and where to go from there.
Gama Law Firm for a free no-pressure case evaluation and let us talk to you about your options. Attorney Richard Gama has a decade of experience getting slip and fall victims fairly compensated for their injuries and losses.