If you or someone you love has been injured after a slip or fall in Colorado, please contact Fuller Law.
Colorado has a specific statute that governs almost all cases where a person is injured because of some dangerous condition on another person’s property. It is commonly known as the Premises Liability Act, or PLA for short.
Under the PLA, the state legislature set different standards of care for property owners based on the status of the person on the property. For example, the duty of care owed to a customer of a business is higher than what would be owed to a trespasser. For most cases, people will have the status of “invitee,” a specific legal term usually meaning the parties were mutually interested in transacting some form of business. Think of a customer who visits a store.
For an invitee, a landowner is responsible for his unreasonable failure to take reasonable steps to protect against a dangerous condition he or she knows of or should have known of. This standard can be manipulated easily by savvy insurance companies to defend almost any claim. Additionally, most common law defenses, such as comparative negligence, attractive nuisance, failure to keep a proper lookout, are frequently used by insurance companies trying to deny claims.
It is virtually impossible to handle a premises liability case without competent legal counsel. Almost every PLA case will go into litigation before it gets resolved. Do not delay contacting Fuller Law if you are the victim of an injury on someone’s property. Often there is video surveillance of falls that only will be preserved for a short period of time if an attorney is not involved in representing your interests.
Fuller Law will help you understand your options.
Because this area of law is complex — and insurance companies know how to navigate it against your best interests — we hope you contact us as soon as you can. You may be able to recover compensation for economic and noneconomic damages that include:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical bills
- Loss of income and anticipated, future income
- Loss of companionship