In a state known for snow, ice, and winter sports it comes as no surprise that one of the most common causes of injury is a slip and fall accident.
The dedicated team of personal injury and premises liability attorneys at Cimarron Ridge Legal Group have decades of combined experience representing clients of slip and fall cases and pride ourselves on the personalized and compassionate representation of all our clients.
Despite sounding minor, slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries that can cause a significant amount of pain, stress, and financial burden for the victims.
Colorado Slip and Fall Cases
Slip and fall accidents fall under the umbrella of premises liability law. Premises liability holds the owners and operates of property responsible for dangerous or hazardous conditions that injure visitors on their property lawfully.
They are required to fix dangerous conditions or warn guests of hazards that may lead to slip and fall accidents. These type of accidents can happen in any place where a property owner fails to fix a dangerous condition; however, some of the most common reasons for slip and fall accidents include the following:
- Accumulation of snow and ice
- Inadequate lighting
- Uneven floors and stairs
- Liquid spills
- Lack of handrails in stairwells
- Slippery floors
- Debris in walkways or stairwells; and
- Cracked or uneven pavement
“I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Martin on several occasions and have been extremely pleased with my experiences. He is professional, efficient and knowledgeable. He is truly an asset to have on your side when it comes to navigating the legal world.”Donald V.
“I have used Dan Shaffer as counsel for myself and my family for over 10 years. He always returns my calls and emails. He and his staff really seem to care about their work and clients. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend his services to anyone with serious legal problems. ”JK - 2018
“Mr. Martin has been a huge help to me in navigating a wide range of legal issues in both my personal and professional life. His wide-ranging knowledge and exceptional legal expertise have made him an incredible resource, and his personal approach and sense of humor have made him a real friend.”Bryan M.
“My family sought Mr. Shaffer’s services for our daughter who was facing very serious charges. He was thoughtful and compassionate throughout her cases and helped us understand what was happening as every turn. I would strongly recommend his services to anyone with serious legal problems.”Traci C. - 2016
“I have been represented by Brent Martin on a number of matters. In each case, Brent’s work was timely, efficient and showed an excellent grasp on both the law and the facts at issue. He was available when I needed him and was very good at explaining the often complex issues involved. I highly recommend Brent and his firm.”Michael L.
“If you are looking for an attorney, Daniel Shaffer is excellent. He is not only highly effective and bright, but is also a thoughtful and caring individual. Dan’s legal expertise has helped me and my family immensely, and we couldn’t be more grateful. He and his team are wonderful to work with!”J and G H - 2017
Insurance Companies Do Not Have Your Best Interests In Mind
When a slip and fall accident occurs, insurance companies will be building a case against you within hours of the accident to mitigate your claims as much as possible. Even your own insurance company does not necessarily have your best interests in mind because they also want the claim to go away as soon as possible. By hiring an experienced Grand Junction slip and fall accident lawyer, you are protecting your claims to compensation.
When you hire a lawyer, the insurance companies are required to go through them for every communication and negotiation. An attorney handles the negotiation with the insurers and will zealously advocate for your rights to compensation. At the Cimarron Ridge Legal Group, we have represented many clients that suffered injuries in slip and fall cases, and we will not let an insurance company take advantage of you while you focus on your recovery.
The Clock is Ticking On Your Claim
Under Colorado law, the victims of slip and fall cases only have a short window of time to file a lawsuit for their damages. Known as the statute of limitations, slip and fall victims only have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit for compensation for their injuries. The skilled Grand Junction slip and fall lawyers at the Cimarron Ridge Legal Group understand how to prepare a case quickly and effectively in order to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires.
We Make Sure You Get The Compensation You Deserve
In Colorado, when victims of slip and fall accidents they have entered the premises lawfully are entitled to economic and noneconomic damages for their claims. Economic damages include compensation for out of pocket expenses such as property damage, lost wages, lost future income and benefits, and current and future medical expenses. Noneconomic damages include payment for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and the loss of enjoyment of life.
It is important to hire a Grand Junction slip and fall accident lawyer to represent your claims because Colorado operates under a modified comparative fault rule for premises liability claims. This means that if the case goes to trial, the court determines the degree of fault for every party involved in the case and reduces the overall award by that amount.
For example, if a person injured in a slip and fall suffers $100,000 in damages but is found twenty percent at fault, the total award is reduced to $80,000. In addition, the law only allows parties injured to recover damages from those found more at fault for the accident. In the same example, the victim is found twenty percent at fault and the other party eighty percent at fault. The party eighty percent at fault cannot recover anything because they were found more at fault for the slip and fall accident.
Call Us Today
Did you slip and fall on another person’s property when you were there lawfully? If so, you may have a claim under premises liability for compensation for your injuries. Call (970) 644-5194 or contact the Cimarron Ridge Legal Group today to speak with an experienced Grand Junction slip and fall accident lawyer about your claims. The Cimarron Ridge Legal Group is here to help you and your family through this difficult time.