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Slip and Fall Accidents in Colorado & Premises Liability Laws

A premises liability case might be worth looking into for an injury incurred during a slip and fall accident in Denver, Colorado. The Bell & Pollock team handles many such cases with the aim to help clients recover and return to normal life. Below, these legal professionals offer advice on how to handle an accident and the claim that follows.

What Should a Person Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?

Accidents are not always straightforward. Sometimes, there is a huge difference between how the invitee, licensee, or trespasser sees the incident and how the injured party or premises understand the flow of events. If there is a slip and fall accident, take the following steps right away to streamline the process:

Step 1: Report the Accident

Reporting the accident to the property owner or their legal representative is of the utmost importance. For example, falling in a store might make it difficult to contact the property owner, but it is easy to speak with the manager to file an accident report. Let a qualified representative know about the dangerous condition that caused the accident and record everything in detail.

Step 2: Gather Documentation

Document everything, from start to finish. Request footage where applicable, speak to witnesses, and record their contact information. It is also helpful to indicate details like the location’s layout and specific injuries immediately after the fall.

Step 3: Seek Medical Treatment

Injuries after tripping and falling should usually receive medical care, even if it does not seem serious. Prompt treatment will more easily demonstrate the details for a premises liability claim, showing that the accident led to injury when the claim goes to court.

Step 4: Secure Legal Help

The final recommendation is to contact a personal injury lawyer from a reputable firm like Bell & Pollock. A legal team will review the slip and fall accident to see how to strengthen the case for a claim that may cover any losses involved.

What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents?

Slip and fall accidents may result in an injury or death. Where accidents occur because the property owner allows a hazard to develop, it is common to see:

● Wet or icy floors

● Poor lighting

● Uneven carpeting

● Broken railings

Obstructions left in pathways may also lead to a slip and fall accident, a common occurrence here in Colorado.

How Long Do People Have to File a Slip and Fall Claim in Colorado?

The state of Colorado uses a statute of limitations to control how long a person can wait to file a premises liability claim after a slip and fall accident. There are two years to file a claim before the statute expires, which is why it is important to chat with a lawyer as early as possible. Another period of time exists if a Governmental entity is involved.

Is a Slip and Fall Accident Eligible for Compensation?

In many cases, the court in Colorado may award damages to cover a person’s medical expenses after a slip and fall accident. The claim may also cover time lost at work or pain and suffering. Professionals like Bell & Pollock are happy to discuss the possibilities based on the facts of the case and the severity of the injuries.

Lodge a Premises Liability Claim with Bell & Pollock in Colorado

A slip and fall accident should not make life more difficult for those involved.

Contact Bell & Pollock at 720-613-6687 today to explore a premises liability claim in Denver, CO, or the surrounding areas.

Now a Word from Gary Bell

By Gary Bell of Bell & Pollock Injury Attorneys

The most important factor to consider when attempting to estimate the value of a case is that each case is unique. The unique facts and elements of each case must be analyzed accordingly. When a TV attorney attempts to convince you that because a large award was obtained for a former client… don’t be fooled! Again, each is unique and attempts to convince you that a substantial award can be obtained for you because of past client’s success is implausible.

There is an urban legend that a case is worth “three times the special damages.” In other words the value of a case is three times the economic losses, so if medical bills are $30,000 the case allegedly should settle for three times that amount. There could be nothing further from the truth. If such a hard and fast rule existed most personal injury attorneys would be unemployed. There are cases where this formula could result in a terrific result and in other cases the client would be grossly under-compensated.

The primary inquiry is to estimate a realistic jury award for the unique set of facts of any given case. A few salient factors to analyze include the likeability of your client. Juries are extremely reluctant to award a substantial verdict for an unlikeable Plaintiff. Likewise, a Plaintiff who lacks credibility will be punished by a jury. It is the attorney’s job to help make the Plaintiff as likeable and credible as possible. Failure to do so can be perilous.

The facts of the incident are similarly important. For example, a pedestrian hit by an intoxicated driver of a semi will probably obtain a larger settlement than a minor garden variety rear end crash. Also, settlement values increase when there is objective evidence e.g. x-rays, CT scans, MRI’s to identify the injuries. Unfortunately, without objective evidence settlements tend to be lower. Proving a Plaintiff has debilitating headaches or a traumatic brain injury can often be a difficult task and may result in inadequate settlement offers from the Defendant.

Take away: each case is unique so don’t be fooled by TV attorneys.

You need an experienced attorney to analyze each factor of the case for an accurate valuation.

If you have questions about these issues, simply contact the skilled Injury Lawyers at Bell & Pollock, P.C. for a free, no-obligation consultation to find out more about how we can help you. We are here to help you get justice, and we know how to devise the right Legal Game Plans™ to get victims full, fair compensation so they can recover and move on with their lives.™

To Learn Even More . . .

Visit our website to listen to the show on this subject and all of our other radio shows on various legal topics.

If you have any questions about the topics discussed in today’s newsletter, or questions on other legal issues, give our office a call and one of our attorneys would be happy to talk with you.

More Information

Get more information about your rights and options following an accident by checking out one of our helpful BOOKS: THEY ARE FREE.

  • Don’t Get Hurt Twice in the Same Accident – This enlightening guide dispels some of the most common (and harmful) myths about car crashes, insurance companies, attorneys, and financial recoveries.
  • The Essential Guide to Car Insurance in Colorado – This guide helps all drivers better understand car insurance. If you’ve ever had a question about a claim, dispute or car insurance in general, this is a must-read.
  • Cowards of the Street: Hit & Run – This book uncovers the facts about hit and runs and how to financially recover from these crashes. It also shares about what you can do to protect yourself before and after a hit and run accident occurs.
  • Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation: The Ultimate Guide – This insightful book reveals everything you need to know in order to protect your rights as a worker – and to position a Colorado workers’ compensation claim for success.
  • Legal Game Plan – This educational book helps you better understand insurance company’s hidden game plan…and come up with one on your own!
  • Motorcycle Accidents (or How to Go Full Throttle Against the Insurance Companies) – This informative read will help motorcyclists come up with a plan of action to combat the insurance agencies. If you ride a motorcycle, you need this book.
  • 18 Mistakes You Could Make to Destroy Your Injury Claim – Found within is a precise guide regarding a trove of detailed mistakes one should avoid when pursuing a successful resolution to ones case. This work helps answer questions and details advice to protect oneself from common pitfalls and perils associated with a compensation claim.
  • Distracted Driving and Your Injury Claim  This comprehensive work assists all drivers in understanding the dangers of distracted driving and its relationship to your injury claim.
  • Premises Liability (Landowner Responsibility and Injury Recovery) – This definitive piece renders the details behind the history of the Premises Liability Law in Colorado and highlights examples of responsibility which further offers a practical guide for injured victims.

Call our office to request copies of our books. THEY ARE FREE. You can also request a copy of any (or all) of these books on our website. You can download a free electronic copy anytime. And be sure to tune in to our weekly radio show to learn more about a variety of legal topics.

At Bell & Pollock “We Educate & Advocate”

The better educated you are, the better off you’ll be.

Remember, Bell & Pollock airs specialty “injury shows” for injured victims on the following stations, at the following times and days:

  • KBCR 96.9 FM at 8:00 am on Sundays
  • The Boat 1230 AM at 9:00 am on Sundays
  • KEZZ 94.1 FM at 9:00 am on Sundays
  • ESPN 98.9 FM at 8:30 am on Sundays
  • KRDO 105.5 FM at 8:30 am on Sundays
  • KRAI 93.7 FM at 7:00 am on Sundays
  • KRDO 120 AM 105 AM at 8:30 am on Sunday
  • Saturday Specialty Injury Show – The “Champions of the People” Injury show. Denver 60-minute Injury Show: KOA 850 AM at 10 AM, KRDO 1240 AM 105 FM in Colorado Springs at 11:00 AM, KRAI 55 AM in Craig at 8 AM and KBCR 96.9 FM in Steamboat Springs at 8:00 AM.

Bell & Pollock also has a live call-in show on Saturday morning on 630 AM KHOW and on KRDO 1240 AM 105 FM in Colorado Springs and on KEZZ 94.1 FM in Steamboat Springs, and on KRAI 55.0 AM in Craig, Colorado. The show starts at 7:00 AM every Saturday morning.

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For the ninth consecutive year in a row, Bell & Pollock, P.C. has received an award from the Colorado Supreme Court with regard to its pro-bono representation of people in the community. This means that Bell & Pollock, P.C. has dedicated and devoted substantial time each year to helping people with legal work on a pro-bono basis.

Bell & Pollock, P.C. is very pleased with this award and has dedicated a large effort to helping people in the community. Remember that Gary Bell and Brad Pollock do a live call-in radio show at 7:00 am on 630 KHOW AM dial in Denver and it also airs on KRDO 1240 AM 105 FM in Colorado Springs, KRAI 55 AM in Craig and KEZZ 94.1 FM in Steamboat Springs.

It is a call-in show, and people can call in and ask any legal question on any legal subject. Gary Bell and Brad Pollock have been doing this for years and very much enjoy the interchange with the community and helping people who are seeking some form of legal help and answers to their questions.

The Bell Pollock Legal Show! You might want to tune in. Some of the questions and answers are eye opening!

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Here’s Gary Bell & Brad Pollock receiving one of their awards from the Colorado Supreme Court.

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