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Slip and Fall Injuries

How Common Are Slips and Falls?

Slip and falls are common injuries. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, landings, ramps, stairs and floors have lead to an estimated 2.7 million emergency room visits per year and 7.4 million medical treatments.[1] Many may come away with a couple bruises and some embarrassment, but they can be serious injuries with serious consequences, such as broken bones, torn ligaments, and even head injuries. Slips and falls are the most common reason for emergency room visits, accounting for over 22% of them at 9 million visits a year.[2] Slip and falls cost victims not only pain and suffering, but medical costs and lost wages. Slip and falls are also the most common reason for missing work, averaging a total of 31 days of missed work per injury.[3] 

The older the victim is, the worst the injury from a slip or fall. One in three older adults falls each year.[4] Out of all slip and fall-related injuries, hip injuries are the worst and are more likely to affect older adults, and the injuries most likely to lead to death.[5]

Who’s Responsible If Someone Slips or Falls? 

While some attorneys will not even take these cases due to their complexity and difficulty, our Denver slip and fall attorneys handle these cases and take them very seriously because the consequences of a slip and fall can be disastrous. The experienced Denver slip and fall attorneys of Kidneigh & Kaufman have handled cases where people have fallen on snow and ice on sidewalks, driveways, stairs, and parking lots because they were not timely shoveled or plowed, or because ice melt, sand, or salt was not used. The slip and fall attorneys of Kidneigh & Kaufman have handled various types of slip and fall injury cases occurring in Denver and throughout Colorado against negligent grocery stores, apartment owners and property managers, retail chains, companies that were hired to remove snow and ice from parking lots and sidewalks, big box stores, specialty stores, restaurants, car washes, homeowners, and others.

Property owners and managers have a duty to keep their property free of hazards that could cause injury. They must clear ice and snow from their property every winter. This duty including clearing hazards like ice and slick spills. For example, a bad gutter or downspout may allow melted snow to leak or drain onto walkways, where it then turns to ice. Parking lots may have potholes that cause shoppers to fall. Stores may fail to clean up spills in a timely manner. Cracked stairs or sidewalks, or broken or missing stair railings can also lead to falls. Property owners and managers also have a duty to make sure that there’s adequate lighting so people can see where they’re going and warning signs so they know if there is a slip-and-fall hazard in the area, such as a recently mopped floor or a water leak.

What Should I Do If a Loved One or I Am Injured Because of a Slip and Fall?

If you suspect that you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a slip and fall, report it immediately to the owner or property manager. Make sure that you document your fall, obtain statements from any witnesses, and take photographs of the area where you fell.

Next, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Slip and fall cases can be difficult to prove and can be very difficult and expensive. That is why it is important that you get an experienced attorney to help you with your cases.  Not only will your initial consultation be free, but we handle slip and fall injury cases on a contingent fee or percentage basis. For over 30 years, the lawyers at Kidneigh and Kaufman have been helping those hurt by slip and falls recover damages due to a property owner’s negligence. Call us at 303-393-6666 for a free consultation.

[1] Consumer Product Safety Commission. Consumer Product-Related Injuries and Deaths in the United States: Estimated Injuries Occurring in 2010 and Estimated Deaths Occurring in 2008, p. 11. https://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/134720/2010injury.pdf.

[2] National Floor Safety Institute. Slip and Fall Quick Facts. https://nfsi.org/nfsi-research/quick-facts/.

[3] National Safety Council. Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention will Keep Older Adults Safe and Independent. https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/older-adult-falls.

[4] Id.

[5] Supra note 2.

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What to Expect for Your Case

You Are Involved in an Accident

You are stopped at a red light, waiting for the light to change and you get rear-ended.

You are walking toward the deli counter at the grocery store, and you slip and fall in the beverage aisle.

Your insurance company denies your claim for the hail damage from the storm in your neighborhood.

What do you do when an accident happens? First, check to see if you are injured. If you are injured, be sure to seek immediate medical attention. You also want to be sure to document everything. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, then be sure to take photos, obtain the other driver’s insurance information, and contact the police. If you slip and fall at a grocery store, make sure you complete an incident report, obtain witness information, and take photos. If you have a dispute with your insurance company, make sure you document all of your correspondence and communication.

Contact An Attorney

Be sure to contact an attorney about your accident as soon as possible following your accident.

An attorney can help guide you through the process of making a claim with an insurance company, which is an unfamiliar process for most people. An attorney can makes sure that the correct parties and entities are notified and that your accident and injuries are well documented. Not only can an attorney help you with this process, but hiring an attorney gives you the peace of mind knowing that things are being done the right way.

Accept a Settlement or Proceed to Litigation

Does it make sense to accept a settlement or file a lawsuit?

You have completed your medical treatment and your attorney has submitted a demand to the insurance company. At this time, the insurance company may be willing to make a settlement offer to resolve the case. Your attorney will help you decide whether to accept a settlement or proceed with a lawsuit against the opposing party.

Litigation

You filed a lawsuit against the opposing party so what happens now?

When you file a lawsuit against another party, then the litigation process begins. The insurance company will likely hire a well-qualified attorney to represent its Defendant and the case will be assigned to a judge and courtroom. Attorneys will send written discovery, obtain documents, and take depositions. The attorneys are doing everything they can to prepare the case for trial and to find out more about the other side’s case. The parties may still try to resolve the case either informally or with a mediator.

Trial

What happens in a trial?

The parties are unable to resolve the case so they go to trial. The attorneys and the judge pick a jury to decide the case. Then each attorney makes an opening statement. Next, the injured party’s attorney presents his case, which usually includes testimony from the injured party, any witnesses, medical providers, and hired experts. Then the Defendant’s attorney has the opportunity to present his case and call his own witnesses and present his own evidence. After jury instructions, each side makes a closing argument, trying to convince the jury to find for their side. Finally, the jury must agree on a verdict.

  • 1You Are Involved in an Accident

    You Are Involved in an Accident

    You are stopped at a red light, waiting for the light to change and you get rear-ended.

    You are walking toward the deli counter at the grocery store, and you slip and fall in the beverage aisle.

    Your insurance company denies your claim for the hail damage from the storm in your neighborhood.

    What do you do when an accident happens? First, check to see if you are injured. If you are injured, be sure to seek immediate medical attention. You also want to be sure to document everything. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, then be sure to take photos, obtain the other driver’s insurance information, and contact the police. If you slip and fall at a grocery store, make sure you complete an incident report, obtain witness information, and take photos. If you have a dispute with your insurance company, make sure you document all of your correspondence and communication.

  • 2Contact An Attorney

    Contact An Attorney

    Be sure to contact an attorney about your accident as soon as possible following your accident.

    An attorney can help guide you through the process of making a claim with an insurance company, which is an unfamiliar process for most people. An attorney can makes sure that the correct parties and entities are notified and that your accident and injuries are well documented. Not only can an attorney help you with this process, but hiring an attorney gives you the peace of mind knowing that things are being done the right way.

  • 3Accept a Settlement or Proceed to Litigation

    Accept a Settlement or Proceed to Litigation

    Does it make sense to accept a settlement or file a lawsuit?

    You have completed your medical treatment and your attorney has submitted a demand to the insurance company. At this time, the insurance company may be willing to make a settlement offer to resolve the case. Your attorney will help you decide whether to accept a settlement or proceed with a lawsuit against the opposing party.

  • 4Litigation

    Litigation

    You filed a lawsuit against the opposing party so what happens now?

    When you file a lawsuit against another party, then the litigation process begins. The insurance company will likely hire a well-qualified attorney to represent its Defendant and the case will be assigned to a judge and courtroom. Attorneys will send written discovery, obtain documents, and take depositions. The attorneys are doing everything they can to prepare the case for trial and to find out more about the other side’s case. The parties may still try to resolve the case either informally or with a mediator.

  • 5Trial

    Trial

    What happens in a trial?

    The parties are unable to resolve the case so they go to trial. The attorneys and the judge pick a jury to decide the case. Then each attorney makes an opening statement. Next, the injured party’s attorney presents his case, which usually includes testimony from the injured party, any witnesses, medical providers, and hired experts. Then the Defendant’s attorney has the opportunity to present his case and call his own witnesses and present his own evidence. After jury instructions, each side makes a closing argument, trying to convince the jury to find for their side. Finally, the jury must agree on a verdict.