Falls are a leading cause of severe injury and death throughout the U.S., and Colorado is no exception. These dangerous accidents hurt tens of thousands of people across the state each year. In one recent year, over 1,000 people died due to injuries they sustained from falls in Colorado. Many of these falls are preventable. With awareness and effort, we can prevent others from being hurt.
That’s why the National Council on Aging (NCOA) promotes Falls Prevention Awareness Week. It’s a week of education and training focused on preventing falls, especially for older adults. The NCOA runs fall awareness programs each year in the fall and makes important information available year-round.
Reducing Fall Down Injuries
Many severe fall injuries could have been prevented if someone else had been more responsible. These simple steps can drastically decrease the number of slip and fall accidents:
- Train workers on how to spot and remedy hazards
- Routinely check for hazards
- Put up signs warning customers of hazards
- Install and maintain proper lighting
Premises Liability and Slip and Fall Injuries
Those who run businesses or manage buildings and other property are legally required to maintain their property in a safe condition to prevent injuries to visitors. They should provide adequate lighting, clear snow and ice from steps, and otherwise ensure that their facilities are safe for guests and visitors at all times.
Under Colorado premises liability law, those in charge of property must take reasonable care to protect the safety of guests and invitees. That means they need to ensure that dangerous conditions that could cause you to slip or trip and fall don’t exist. If they don’t take the steps they should, they could be liable for any injuries you suffer.
Fall Accidents Compensation
If you fall and injure yourself due to someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to seek compensation for:
- The costs of any medical treatment you need, now and in the future
- Lost wages and income caused by your injuries
- Damage that the injuries do to your earning potential
- Repair and replacement costs for your clothing and personal items
- Pain and suffering you experience because of the accident
- Emotional distress you go through due to falling injuries
Depending on your injuries, you may be able to seek these and other types of compensation. To learn more about compensation options, it’s recommended you speak with an experienced Colorado slip and fall attorney.
Contact a Colorado Fall Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact a Colorado premises liability lawyer at Jeffrey Scott Lasswell, P.C. today. I can help you with your claim by explaining the next steps, investigating the accident, and working to hold those responsible accountable for your injuries. I have nearly two decades of experience practicing law, including experience working as a defense attorney for insurance companies. That means I know how to stand up to insurance companies. As a single attorney firm, I can put the focus where it belongs – on you.
For your free consultation, contact Jeffrey Scott Lasswell, P.C. now.
For 18 years, I have helped injury victims in Southern Colorado. I handle plaintiffs’ personal injury cases, such as slip and fall accidents and car crashes. My focus on civil litigation and personal injury works to my clients’ advantage, as there is a lot to know and a lot of subtleties in the law. Take slip and fall accidents, for example. There are different categories of how victims are classified when it comes to being hurt on someone else’s property. I know what facts are important and how to prove what is needed to be successful with your case.