Slip and falls are one of the most common types of personal injuries.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 97.9 million emergency department visits for accidents and unintentional injuries in the United States in 2018.
Victims of slip and fall accidents may be able to receive compensation for their injuries from the at-fault party.
Colorado’s premises liability law determines who is responsible for a slip and fall.
Further, the law provides rules about who can recover, when they can recover, and how much they can recover in a slip and fall accident.
Victims maximize their chances of recovery by contacting an experienced attorney as early in the process as possible.
Evidence disappears, memories fade, and witnesses become unavailable. Taking action helps preserve the important evidence that you need to bring and prove your claim.
The Tenge Law Firm provides experienced representation to accident victims.
We understand that you need and want to move forward with your life. After an accident, your #1 priority is to focus on healing.
Our #1 priority is to handle the legal aspects efficiently and effectively. In the past seven years, we’ve recovered over $50 million for our clients.
To get started, contact us today.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall can occur almost anywhere and be caused by numerous factors. But some causes of slip and fall accidents are more common than others.
- Wet or slippery floors,
- Uneven floor or surfaces,
- Cluttered floors,
- Snowy or icy parking lots,
- Broken or uneven stairs, and
- Stray cords.
These are just some slip and fall accident causes out there. Anytime there is a condition at a premise that shouldn’t be there, you have the potential for a slip and fall.
Common Injuries from Slip and Fall Accidents
Depending on where the accident occurs, the resulting injuries can vary greatly.
Some can be minor, requiring ice, rest, and over-the-counter pain medications for a day or two. Others can be severe, especially if the victim hits their head.
Slip and fall injuries can include:
- Broken bones,
- Neck injuries,
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Torn ligaments,
- Bone fractures,
- Knee injuries,
- Sprained ankles, and
- Traumatic brain injuries.
Healing from a slip and fall injury can take days, weeks, or even months.
Victims can incur tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills during that time. If they miss work, the weight of the financial debts is compounded.
Because we know that you are hurting physically and financially, we take all our personal injury cases on a contingency basis.
You pay nothing in upfront legal fees and don’t pay anything unless and until we recover compensation for you.
Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Usually Occur?
Slip and falls accidents can happen anywhere:
- Movie theaters,
- Swimming pools,
- Grocery stores,
- Hotels, and
- Cruise ships.
These are just a few. These accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.
What Should I Do If I Am in a Slip and Fall Accident?
If you’re in a slip and fall accident, the first thing we recommend that you do is seek medical attention.
Doing so begins the paper trail linking your injury to the accident. Further, not all injuries are obvious right away.
You may seem a little sore but fine at the time, but develop more serious injuries later. Being seen by a doctor early on helps identify and address these before they result in complications.
Next, it’s a good idea to document the circumstances leading up to and following the slip and fall.
Details to include might be things like:
- Where you were,
- Who you talked to before and after the accident,
- What you slipped or tripped on,
- How employees or people around you responded to the accident, and
- What your injuries were.
Keeping a pain journal is also beneficial to show the progression of the injuries.
Finally, talking to a slip and fall lawyer is essential to identify and preserve your claim. Colorado has strict deadlines that put a time limit on when you can bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
A Colorado slip and fall attorney can help you meet these deadlines.
Tenge Law Firm—Providing Colorado’s Accident Victims with Exceptional Expert Legal Services
Our top-notch team provides unparalleled legal services. Partner Todd Tenge has made the list of Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyers in Colorado.
We treat our clients like people, not dollar signs. We’re a quality law firm, not a high-volume legal mill that you find advertising on billboards in the area.
Our caseload is intentionally small so you get white glove, concierge-style legal service delivery.
We tell our clients, “You do what you need to do to take care of your health, and we will do the rest.”