In a premises liability claim, you must first show that you were injured on someone else’s property.
In most cases, you must also show that you were lawfully entitled or authorized to be on the property, as trespassers generally are not entitled to the protections of premises liability law in Colorado.
Most importantly, you must prove that you were injured by some dangerous or defective condition of the property that was either created or allowed to exist due to the fault of the owner or occupier of the property. In other words, you must prove that the property owner knew of or should have known of the unsafe or defective condition of their property and failed to take reasonable steps to remedy it.
Common Types of Premises Liability Cases We Handle
At Earl & Earl, PLLC, our legal team can help you if you have been injured in premises liability accidents involving:
- Slip and falls or trip and falls – Slip or trip and falls represent one of the most common types of premises liability incidents. While some slip and falls result in only a few cuts and bruises, these accidents can result in more severe injuries like broken bones or head/traumatic brain injuries.
- Improperly maintained sidewalks – Property owners whose premises have sidewalks or paved walkways must ensure those pathways remain in good condition for pedestrians, including ensuring that the pavement is kept even and unbroken, and in Colorado, free of snow and ice during the winter.
- Dog bites – Dog bites and dog attacks fall under the category of a premises liability accident or incident since dogs and other pets are considered part of their owner’s property. If a dangerous or vicious dog injures you, you may have a claim to compensation against the dog’s owner.
- Construction site hazards – Construction sites are dangerous, particularly for passers-by who may not recognize the danger of a construction site and are not trained or equipped for construction hazards. An innocent bystander or passer-by injured on a construction site may have a premises liability claim against the site owner and contractors.
- Negligent security – Commercial property owners may have an obligation to protect visitors from injury due to criminal or violent activity. When a property owner furnishes inadequate or negligent security – such as broken locks, poor lighting, lack of surveillance cameras, or ill-trained security officers – an innocent person injured by criminal or violent activity facilitated by the lack of adequate security may have a claim against the property owner.
- Elevators and escalators – Building owners must regularly maintain elevators and escalators according to local, state, and federal standards. Poorly maintained and defective elevators and escalators can lead to trip and fall accidents or crush accidents.
- Swimming pools – Owners and operators of swimming pools owe a duty to maintain them free of hazards that might cause accidents like a slip and fall, trip and fall, diving board accident or drowning. Property owners with pools should also secure them when not in use.
No matter what kind of hazard on someone else’s property may have hurt you, our experienced Colorado premises liability lawyers can help you pursue a claim for compensation from the property or business owner at fault for your damages.
How Can a Colorado Premises Liability Attorney Help?
You shouldn’t have to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses after a premises liability accident or incident on your own. Let a Colorado premises liability lawyer from Earl & Earl, PLLC, help you to seek maximum compensation from those legally responsible for your injuries and losses by:
- Going over the details of your case in a free initial review
- Dedicating the time to understand your goals and needs so that we can build a personalized legal strategy aimed at the results you are looking for in your case
- Collecting all available evidence from the accident and working with accident reconstruction and engineering experts as necessary to determine how your injuries occurred
- Identifying parties that can be held legally responsible for your damages, along with all available sources of compensation, such as insurance coverage
- Filing claims on your behalf and pursuing a resolution through a negotiated settlement that provides you with appropriate compensation for your past, ongoing, and future losses
- When a fair settlement can’t be reached, preparing your case to go to court and advocating your claim to the judge and jury at trial, if necessary
Our attorneys are dedicated to getting you the results you deserve in your case. With Earl & Earl, PLLC, you face no risk in working with one of our experienced Colorado premises liability attorneys on your claim. You will owe us no fees unless we recover compensation in your case.
Compensation If You’ve Been Hurt on Someone Else’s Property
In a premises liability claim, you may seek compensation for the losses that you have and will incur due to the accident that injured you. Types of compensation available in premises liability cases may include:
- Medical treatment and rehabilitation expenses such as emergency room visits, surgeries, doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, medication, mobility or medical equipment, home health services, and other out-of-pocket expenses such as transportation to and from appointments and procedures
- Lost wages and income if you miss time from work while recovering from injuries
- Lost earning potential if your injuries leave you with permanent disabilities that impact your ability to work
- Physical pain and emotional anguish caused by your injuries
- Loss of enjoyment of life due to scarring and disfigurement, or due to difficulties with daily living or partaking in activities
- Loss of consortium, which compensates your spouse for the loss of your companionship and intimate relations due to your injuries
Contact our Colorado premises liability attorneys today at Earl & Earl, PLLC, to learn more about what kind of compensation you may be entitled to in your case.