Know Your Rights If You Are Injured On Someone Else’s Property
Colorado premises liability laws hold property owners responsible for maintaining safe conditions for visitors to their property. Under some circumstances, if you or someone you love is injured on someone else’s property due to the property owner’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for medical costs, lost wages and other damages.
The laws regarding premises liability are complex. It is always wise to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an injury accident on someone else’s property. At Larson Law Firm, PC, in Alamosa, we represent individuals who have been injured due to the negligence of a property owner. Attorney Micah Larson has more than a decade of legal experience helping Coloradans maximize the amount they recover in personal injury lawsuits.
Understanding Premises Liability Laws
A common example of a premises liability case is a slip-and-fall accident, but there are many other types of accidents that are included in this category. These include:
- Deck or porch collapses
- Swimming pool accidents
- Dog bites or other animal attacks
- Falls resulting from walkways that are uneven or in disrepair
- Unsafe conditions caused by insufficient security or poor lighting
An injured party may sue a landowner or any party that is legally responsible for maintaining safe conditions on a property.
This means that the definition of a landowner is much more broad than just the person or business that actually owns the property. Property managers, tenants, contractors, event organizers and other parties may be named as a liable party in a personal injury lawsuit.
Classifications Of Visitors
Colorado statute classifies visitors in three different categories depending on the reason why they were on the property. These classifications are trespasser, licensee and invitee. Property owners owe a different standard of care to each of these three categories. The classification of an injured party is determined by the court, and it affects what damages can be sought in an injury lawsuit.
Invitees are typically customers who are on a property to conduct business.
A licensee is someone who is on a property with the permission of the property owner. A social guest who is visiting someone’s home is an example of a licensee. Property owners owe licensees a more limited duty of care.
Trespassers enter or remain on a property without the property owner’s consent. A trespasser may only recover damages for “damages willfully or deliberately caused by the landowner.”
We Are Ready To Advocate On Your Behalf
As you can see, there are numerous factors involved in determining whether an injury that occurs on someone else’s property warrants a personal injury lawsuit. We are committed to providing personalized legal counsel in these cases and helping injured parties recover the full amount they deserve.
Call (719) 496-2244 or use our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. We will review the facts of your case and provide a candid assessment of what you can expect. If we represent you in a civil lawsuit, we only get paid if we help you obtain a recovery.