Clumsiness isn’t always to blame for a fall
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.