Injury Lawyer Serving Boulder, Longmont, Broomfield & Surrounding Areas in Colorado
When you venture out of your home and are spending time at a friend's house or at a commercial property, you should have the expectation that the property has been properly maintained and, as such, is safe for you and your family. However, lack of maintenance can often cause residential or commercial properties to be in disrepair which can lead to horrible accidents and severe injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered a fall due to the negligence of a property owner, you may have rights to file a premises liability lawsuit. Please contact our attorney at Jeffress Law today by calling 303-993-8685. Our attorney, Christopher W. Jeffress, can draw upon his 25 years of experience to help you seek the maximum compensation to get you or your loved one back to normal and healed.
What Are The Most Common Slip-And-Fall Injuries?
In the state of Colorado, homeowners and store owners have a responsibility to maintain their property so that it's safe. When they fail to do this and it leads to another person becoming injured, they can be held responsible for damages and treatments.
A slip and fall injury can have long-term consequences and should not be taken lightly.According to the CDC, one in five falls results in a serious injury that can make it hard to get around or complete other daily tasks. Common injuries caused by such accidents include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken wrists, arms, and ankles
- Fractured hips and knees
- Abrasions and lacerations
- Meniscus, tendon, or ligament tears
The effects of a serious fall can also be psychological. Some people become very fearful of falling again. This can lead them to become less active and withdraw from their social lives.
Who Can Be Held Accountable for My Slip and Fall Injuries?
The fault for your slip and fall accident may rest with many different parties. Most often, property owners are legally responsible for slip and fall accidents. However, liability can also fall to:
- Property managers
It may not be enough to show that you were hurt by a hazardous property condition. In general, you must also prove that the responsible party knew or should have known about the condition. Our attorney will help argue that reasonable steps were not taken to ensure a safe premises.
How Much Compensation Can I Collect for My Slip and Fall Injuries?
The amount of compensation you can collect after a slip and fall depends on several factors. Those factors include the severity of your injury, whether you can return to work, and the cost of your current and future medical care. Our attorney will calculate the full impact of your injury.
Keep in mind that accepting the first settlement offer from the insurance company means accepting less money than you deserve. It is important to fight for full and fair compensation.
What Should I Do Immediately After My Slip and Fall Injury?
There are a few steps that you should take immediately after a slip and fall. Sometimes, it is not possible to complete them all due to the severity of your injuries or various other circumstances.
In general, these are the things you should do right after a slip and fall injury:
- Seek medical treatment
- Report the accident
- Take photos
- Get contact information from witnesses
- Avoid giving a recorded statement
- Save all documents and pieces of evidence
- Contact an attorney for additional directions
The right response can support your recovery and any future legal claim. Meanwhile, the wrong response can hurt your rights and make it difficult to collect compensation. Contact our attorney for a free case evaluation to discuss what you can do to protect your best interests after a fall.
How Common Are Slip and Fall Injuries?
Slip and fall injuries are very common. Take a look at these statistics from the CDC:
- Over 800,000 patients are hospitalized each year due to falls
- One out of five falls causes a serious injury
- Medical costs for fall injuries in 2015 totaled over $50 billion
A few facts from the National Floor Safety Institute help paint an even clearer picture. Slip and falls account for over 1 million hospital emergency room visits. Meanwhile, floors and flooring materials contribute to more than 2 million fall injuries each year.
In summary, falls happen all the time. They are nothing to be embarrassed about. What matters is taking the right steps to protect both your health and your financial future after a slip and fall.
How Long Do Slip and Fall Cases Usually Take?
As the victim of a serious injury, you probably want to resolve the matter as quickly as possible so you can try to move on with your life. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict how long it will take to resolve any particular claim. In general, personal injury cases may require several months or longer to resolve. Some of the most involved cases can stretch a year or longer.
It depends on a variety of factors involved in obtaining the best possible outcome for you and your family.
What is the Statute of Limitations for a Boulder Slip and Fall Case?
You usually have a couple of years from the date of the injury to file an injury claim in Colorado. That is the current statute of limitations on these claims. However, there may be extenuating circumstances affecting the timeline, so it is important to talk to Mr. Jeffress about your slip and fall. He can determine if there is still time to pursue compensation for your injuries.
What if I’m Partially At Fault for the Fall?
There is no way to know who was at fault without first speaking to an experienced attorney like Chris Jeffress. As someone who does not deal with these issues of liability every day, you may not realize to what extent the other party caused the slip and fall. It could be that you played no role.
If it was determined and proven that the slip and fall victim did contribute to their own injuries, then it is possible any financial recovery would be reduced by the percent they contributed to the incident. Texting, forgetting to wear prescription glasses that day, doing something careless - these things could be seen as contributing to the slip and fall. You should speak to Mr. Jeffress before drawing any conclusions about your own liability.
How Do Slip and Fall Cases Work?
Slip and fall cases work by providing an injured victim a means of pursuing compensation from the at-fault party. If you believe someone else is responsible for the conditions that led to the slip and fall (a property manager or property owner), and if you were injured as a result, then the elements of a case are present and you should contact Mr. Jeffress.
He will provide a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, so there’s no risk in finding out what your options are.
How Should I Prepare for My Slip and Fall Case?
When you hire an attorney, you are hiring the lawyer to resolve your case. You should focus on your medical and physical recovery. There are, however, some things you can do to help you case:
- Get medical attention. Have the injury checked out by your doctor if you haven’t already. Fulfill all of the doctor’s orders, such as surgery, treatments, medications, etc.
- Keep all documentation. Hold onto medical bills, insurance company communication, witness information - anything and everything that could be relevant to your case.
- Save any photos you took. If you snapped photos of your injury, the accident scene, the location, anything after the slip and fall occurred, then make sure you save those images and preferably back them up as well.
Other things you can do to help your case will be unique to your situation. Ask Mr. Jeffress for more information as your case progresses.
Seeking Compensation for Your Slip-and-Fall Case
Our attorney will make it his goal to determine exactly what caused you to suffer your fall. Using this information, he will approach your case in the same way he does every case: with a personalized approach to ensure the best-possible outcome. You will never be treated like a number at Jeffress Law because our attorney will take the time to interview you and discover how your injuries are affecting your life physically, emotionally, financially, and professionally. He will also determine how much your family is suffering financially if you are unable to work or have lost your employment benefits due to your injury.
Using all of this information, Mr. Jeffress will seek compensation for your medical bills, insurance claims, lost employment, and pain and suffering. He will work to get you back on your feet, physically and financially.
Mr. Jeffress will review your case for free and operates on a contingency-fee basis, meaning he doesn't charge anything up front, nor does he collect his fee unless he wins a cash award or settlement for you. For help with your slip-and-fall injury, please contact Jeffress Law today by entering your information in the contact form on this page or calling us at 303-993-8685. We are happy to serve clients in Boulder, Longmont, Broomfield, and the surrounding Metro Area.