Slip and fall accidents send thousands of people to the hospital with injuries every year. They could be the result of tripping over a crack in the sidewalk in Olde Town Arvada, slipping on slipped liquid in a grocery store, or many other scenarios.
In some cases, these injuries are the result of clumsiness or carelessness on the part of the injured person, but in other cases injuries from falls may be the result of another party’s negligence. If you sustained an injury in a slip and fall accident you believe to be the result of someone else’s error or inattention, you could have a premises liability case.
Examples of Injuries from Falls in Arvada
Injuries from falls can vary in type and severity. Bruises and scrapes or minor cuts are typical minor injuries that warrant little or no medical attention and often heal within a few days. These types of injuries have little impact on the victim’s everyday life and are often quickly forgotten.
However, some falls result in serious injuries that can affect a person’s ability to work or carry on their normal activities for extended periods of time. The following examples of slip and fall injuries are more severe and may wind up in hospitals and courtrooms.
- Broken bones – In many cases, broken bones are a relatively minor injury and can be treated efficiently and quickly with only minimal healing time. However, in severe bone break cases (such as in compound fractures or breaks involving surgery to repair) a lengthier and costlier recovery period may be required.
- Burns – In cases of fire or explosion, burns are a common premises liability complaint. In addition, if a slip and fall accident results in a person falling on a hot surface, such as a stove or open fire pit, burns could be the resulting injury. Some burn cases can require long periods of hospitalization and painful skin grafts.
- Spinal cord injuries – Slip and fall accidents can sometimes result in spinal cord damage. These cases can be severe and may involve paralysis. When someone falls a great distance or endures significant blunt force trauma, spinal cord injuries are possible.
- Brain injuries – This category includes open brain injuries (when the skull is penetrated or fractured) or closed brain injuries (when the skull is intact but the brain hits the inside of the skull) like concussions. When a person falls and hits his or her head, brain injuries are a concern.
Liability for Injuries from Falls in Arvada
Slip and fall accidents can become costly and damaging for the victim. If you have fallen on someone else’s property because of his or her negligence, you may be entitled to recover damages. The key to a successful premises liability case for injuries from falls lies in proving fault.
In order to successfully convince an insurance adjuster or judge that a property owner or other responsible party is liable for your medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages, you must prove one of the following.
- The property owner or other responsible party (such as an employee) caused your accident. You must be able to prove that a spill, broken floor tile, or precariously placed object caused your fall and the liable party created the danger.
- The owner or employee knew about the hazard and did not act to remedy it in a timely manner.
- Another more reasonable person would have known about the hazard and would have fixed or removed it in a more acceptable timeframe.
Filing a Legal Claim for Injuries from a Fall in Arvada
When filing a premises liability claim, consult an attorney familiar with this area of law. A knowledgeable attorney will understand your duty to prove fault and will work to gather evidence and documentation to build your case. Call D.J. Banovitz today to set up a free consultation to review your case if you suffered injuries from a fall in Arvada. Call to schedule an appointment at 303-300-5060 or use our contact form.