We Handle Slip-and-Fall Injury Cases in Denver
We get more than our fair share of snowfall in Denver during the winter months. Snow and ice make driving unsafe and increase the risk of dangerous slip-and-fall accidents.
If you were injured after slipping and falling on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. Call (303) 502-5587 to schedule a free consultation with our boutique law firm, and find out what you can do to recover.
Where Do Winter Slip-and-Fall Accidents Occur?
Many winter injuries are caused by falls on ice-covered driveways, sidewalks, steps, and porches, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Steps, walkways, driveways, and parking lots should be kept free of snow and ice, and rock salt, sand, or ice melt should be used to reduce the risk of a fall.
Slip-and-fall accidents also occur indoors during the winter, when lobbies and entrances have floor surfaces wet and slick with melted snow.
What Types of Injuries Are Caused by Winter Slip-and-Fall Accidents?
Falling on snow and ice can cause a wide range of injuries, many of which are very serious. If you are lucky, you may have only minor scrapes and bruises. More severe injuries include:
- Head trauma and traumatic brain injury
- Bone fractures
- Spinal injuries (including compression fractures and herniated discs)
- Strains and sprains
- Wrist, ankle, and shoulder injuries
- Lower back injuries
How Can Property Owners Help Prevent Winter Slip-and-Fall Accidents?
Property owners have a duty to maintain their property in a safe condition for winter visitors and guests. Steps they should take to help prevent slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Removing snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs, walkways, and any hazardous areas as soon as possible;
- Salting walkways to improve traction and help reduce buildup of snow, ice, and debris;
- Ensuring safety railings are secure and able to support visitors;
- Placing mats in entryways to help prevent floor surfaces from becoming wet and slippery;
- Posting signs to warn visitors of any hazardous areas; and
- Inspecting the property regularly to identify and correct hazards.
Who Is Liable – The Property Owner or City Government?
Property owners in Denver are responsible for maintaining their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This includes clearing away snow and ice in the winter months to help reduce the risk of passersby slipping and falling. Under city and county ordinances, business owners have four hours after a snowfall to remove snow from their premises, while residential property owners have 24 hours. When a winter slip-and-fall accident occurs on private property, whether residential or business, the property owner may be liable for the injured person’s economic and non-economic damages.
Why You Need an Attorney
If you have been hurt in a winter slip-and-fall on someone else’s property, the owner is potentially liable for your injuries. Our experienced Denver slip and fall lawyers can investigate your accident to determine fault and collect and preserve evidence to support your claim. We can build a strong case based on the facts, assess the full extent of your damages, negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf, and fight for the compensation you deserve in court, if necessary.
Why Choose Us?
The Tenge Law Firm, LLC, was founded in 1992. We are a full-service firm and will help you with everything involved in your case, including medical providers, property damage, rental cars, health insurance disputes, credit protection, and employment issues. Our attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you pay us no fees until we recover compensation for you. Call us at (303) 502-5587 to schedule a free consultation. We can tell you if you have a case and what damages you may be entitled to claim.