Grand Junction Premises Liability Attorneys
Under Colorado law, property owners are required to keep their properties reasonably safe for all lawful visitors. This is a legal concept known as “premises liability.” What it means is that, if a property owner allows an unsafe condition to exist on his property, and that condition causes injury to another person, he can be held liable.
If a hazardous condition on a Colorado property - be it residential, commercial, or public - has harmed you or a loved one, you may be entitled to significant compensation through a premises liability claim. To find out more, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Grand Junction’s Peters & Nolan, LLC. Call (970) 243-4357 for a free case evaluation. Our firm requires no upfront fees or retainers to take your case. We only get paid if we get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.
There is no limit to the ways in which an unsafe condition on a property can cause serious injury. The following are some of the more common reasons premises liability lawsuits are filed:
- Slip-and-fall accidents from—
- Wet floors
- Snow or ice on pavement
- Trip-and-fall accidents from—
- Objects or debris on walkways
- Potholes or cracks in pavement, crumbling pavement
- Inadequate lighting
- Damaged carpets or rugs
- Falls on staircases and escalators
- Falls from heights
- Hit by falling objects
- Swimming pool accidents and drowning
- Elevator accidents
- Escalator injuries
- Inadequate or negligent security
Colorado law divides visitors to a property into three categories:
- Invitees: Invitees are people who are invited onto a private property, such as friends and family members. They would also include residents living in an apartment complex, people shopping at a store, patrons of a bar or restaurant, or someone staying at a hotel. The invitation does not have to be made expressly; it can be implied. The fact that an establishment like a business is open to the public implies invitation.
- Licensees: Licensees are generally those who enter a private property with a personal motive, such as to sell a product or service. Mailmen are one example.
- Trespassers: A trespasser is someone, other than a child, who enters a private property without permission. A burglar would be an example of a trespasser.
Property owners must keep their premises reasonably safe for invitees, licensees, and children (even if they are trespassing). If a condition on a property causes injury to these parties, the property owner may be held liable. Property owners owe no duty to keep a premises safe for adult trespassers, so they cannot be held liable for injuries to trespassers. However, this does not mean a property owner can set a trap or pitfall for a trespasser with the intent of causing him or her injury.
For a successful premises liability claim, the plaintiff must prove the negligence of a property owner, by showing that:
- The property owner or manager knew, or should have known, that an unsafe condition existed on their property.
- The property owner or manager failed to adequately warn a visitor of this unsafe condition.
- The foreseeable result of this unsafe condition was an injury.
- The property owner or manager had a reasonable opportunity to remedy this unsafe condition.
- That the unsafe condition did cause the plaintiff injury.
If you suspect you may have a premises liability claim, you need to talk to the seasoned and successful Colorado personal injury attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC. Call (970) 243-4357 for a free consultation.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.