We’ve all seen cartoons where one character throws a banana peel and the other guy slips on it. That’s funny. But when it’s real people falling because of the actions of others, things are much more serious. Although cartoon characters pop right back up after falling, humans have bones that break and muscles, tendons, and ligaments that tear. We don’t get up so easily. That’s why we have a set of laws related to what landowners must do to protect visitors to their property.
In Colorado, if you are on someone else’s property for business purposes, the landowner has a duty to protect you from dangerous conditions that he or she knows about or should know about. That’s why careful businesses put out “wet floor” signs when their mopping. That way, you know to be careful when you’re walking on the wet floor. Careless businesses who fail to warn you about dangerous conditions should be responsible for the damages their carelessness causes. Even when you’re on someone’s property for non-business reasons, the landowner still has a duty to protect you from dangers that he or she actually knows about.
At Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt, LLC, we mostly handle slip and fall cases that occur on commercial properties like restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, resorts, or retail centers. These can be caused by things like spilled liquids, black ice, cracks in sidewalks, snow-covered holes, or a other conditions. The Fort Collins slip and fall lawyers at Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt, LLC have handled a variety of these claims and know that each case must be evaluated on its own merits.
Often, successfully pursuing a slip and fall claim will require you to make a claim against more than just the property owner. In an injury case involving ice, for example, the owner may have hired a snow or ice removal company and that company may have negligently performed its duties. In that case, you would want to be sure to name both parties. When there are multiple property owners, tenants, management companies, independent contractors, etc, this can get extremely complicated. Often it’s hard to work out who is actually to blame for a particular fall. That’s why you need a Fort Collins slip and fall lawyer to help you.
Slip and fall cases can be tough cases to win in Colorado. But they are important because they help ensure business owners keep their visitors safe and protected from unnecessary dangers. If you need help from a Fort Collins slip and fall lawyer, contact Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt, LLC today.
Do I Need a Fort Collins Slip and Fall Lawyer?
If you listen to insurance companies, they’ll tell you that you don’t need a slip and fall lawyer. But the insurance company doesn’t have your best interests at heart. They’re only looking out for their bottom line. And trust me, they’re pros. If you’re injured, and you want to fight for the compensation the law says you’re entitled to, you need a pro on your side too. After all, you would have lived a very accident prone life if you’ve made as many insurance claims as the Fort Collins slip and fall lawyers at Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt, LLC.