Premises LiabilityYou couldn’t avoid slipping on that patch of ice in the parking lot. Now you have a broken arm and a cracked head as a result of your fall. Or you stepped into that strange bath tub at the fancy mountain resort, only to find out the hard way that there was no non-slip surface, and no hand rails to grab. Now you’re laid up in a cast. Your hard earned vacation is ruined and you can’t get your head to stop throbbing.

Is there someone who can help me with this situation? The answer is “Yes.”

DUTY TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS

Property owners in Colorado, including individuals, hotel and ski resort owners, and businesses, have a duty to maintain their property and ensure that it is in a reasonably safe condition to prevent injuries to people on the property as well as to warn visitors of possible dangers. Failure to do so means that the property owner may be liable for the injuries you suffered.

CAUSES OF DANGEROUS PREMISES ACCIDENTS

“Premises Liability” – including slips and falls, trips and falls, and negligent security – refers to situations where someone is injured due to a dangerous condition on the property which the owner/ landlord failed to maintain properly. Accidents are particularly likely when the landowner fails to conduct satisfactory upkeep or lacks attentive and qualified security and maintenance personnel.

Common hazards include:
  • Icy walkways, decks and stairs
  • Lack of necessary warnings signs
  • Failure to make sure that lodgings comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act

In these cases, the key to success is proving that the owner/landlord of the property failed to take reasonable measures to correct the dangerous condition(s) of which the owner/landlord knew or reasonably should have known.