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Gregory Legal staff will post stories and useful information you can take with you to your first consultation with a Denver personal injury lawyer.
Institutions have a duty to keep their premises safe. However whether or not they are liable for a slip and fall accident depends on the particular circumstances. Thousands of people are injured every year when they fall as a result of unsafe conditions. One aspect of the equation is determining normal circumstances and realistic maintenance expectations. Not every drop of liquid can be cleaned up immediately, and building materials naturally erode over time. Some things that may seem hazardous are necessary for the operation of the site.
The case laws determining when and what property owners have a duty to take care of is vague. So it may be best to hire a Denver slip and fall attorney. You also have an obligation to look where you are going and be reasonably prudent. Sometimes both parties are to blame and their comparative liability will be balanced to determine fault in a case.
Generally for another party to be determined liable for your injuries it must be true that either the owner or employee caused the spill or dangerous area, or that they knew about it and did nothing. You may still be able to sue according to the doctrine of negligence if there was a dangerous surface that a reasonable property owners should have known about and repaired. The first two examples are harder to prove, but give you a more clear cut chance of winning a Denver personal injury case. Although these kinds of cases are usually settled out of court, if it does go to a judge or jury decision, they will decide by determining if the owner behaved in a reasonable way to maintain the property.
You may be thinking that what is reasonable is subjective, and you are mostly right. Generally, if the owner makes regular efforts to keep the property safe then they are behaving reasonably. One key factor therefore is how long the dangerous area that caused your accident existed. Owners should periodically inspect their premises for problems. You could start off a suit investigation by asking for records of inspections and reasons as to why a particular piece of equipment is where it was. Maybe if the property could have erected a simple barrier or sign around a knowingly dangerous area.
Oftentimes in these cases the property owner is not the only one at fault. The judge, arbitrator, or insurance adjuster will also want to factor in any carelessness by the injured party. Cases where the plaintiff has the best chance of winning, or at least not having their damages reduced are ones where the injured party had a reason to be in the area, a careful person may not have noticed the area was dangerous, the defendant knew about the dangers and did nothing.