Boulder property owners have a duty to ensure that their premises are safe. Unfortunately, not all owners do so, putting visitors, customers, and clients at risk. If you were injured on someone else’s property, you need an attorney on your side—and the Boulder premises liability attorneys at Purvis Thomson, LLP can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Boulder premises liability lawyers are familiar with the applicable laws that can affect your case. Colorado law establishes different legal requirements for different types of visitors on the property. An experienced Boulder premises liability lawyer can help establish your legal status on the property at the time of the accident, which can be critical to your ability to recover fair compensation.
Many premises liability claims are resolved through a settlement by the insurance company that covers the property owner’s general liability. Experienced Boulder premises liability lawyers can assist with the claims process by:
If an insurance settlement is not obtained, your Boulder premises liability lawyer with Purvis Thomson, LLP can discuss moving forward with a personal injury lawsuit.
Like in other states, there is a specific time limit that you have to file a personal injury claim. This is called the statute of limitations. Generally, premises liability claims must be filed within two years from the date of the accident. If this deadline passes and you have not filed a lawsuit, the court can refuse to hear your case because it is time barred.
You can protect your right to financial compensation for the losses you suffered and identify the appropriate filing deadline for your case by contacting a Boulder premises liability attorney at Purvis Thomson, LLP.
If you are injured while on someone else’s property, you can take steps to protect your legal right to financial compensation, including:
Learn more by contacting us today and take advantage of a free, no-obligation case consultation.
A premises liability claim refers to an accident that occurs due to a hazard on someone else’s property. The property owner may fail to properly maintain the premises, leave slip and fall risks lying around the grounds, or fail to provide adequate security for his or her property. In some cases, uncontrolled dogs or obstructions may also contribute to an injury.
An unsafe condition on someone else’s land can lead to a serious accident, physical harm, and emotional trauma. Some of the most common premises liability injuries include the following.
Victims of unsafe property conditions have the right to hold the owner accountable for their damages. If you were injured on someone else’s premises, you could file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against him or her. During an insurance claim, an insurance adjuster will investigate the accident and determine whether or not the policyholder is at fault.
During the lawsuit process, you will need to provide sufficient evidence that establishes the following four elements.
The owner may defend him or herself by stating you were trespassing, that he or she did not have enough time to respond to the hazard, or that you caused the accident. A Boulder premises liability attorney can defend you against these accusations and prove your right to compensation.
Property owners are primarily the parties who are named in premises liability lawsuits. They typically have the legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a safe condition that prevents foreseeable injuries to others.
However, owners are not the only parties who may be legally responsible for injuries that occur on someone else’s property. Depending on the circumstances, one or more of the following parties may be responsible for the injuries you suffered because of a slip and fall:
Ultimately, anyone whose negligence contributed to your injuries may be legally responsible for your accident. It can sometimes be difficult to determine all parties who may have contributed to premises liability accidents. An experienced Boulder premises liability attorney can conduct a thorough investigation to determine how the accident occurred and who is responsible for it. You can learn more by calling us today for a free case review.
Colorado law differentiates between trespassers, licensees, and invitees in premises liability claims. The legal status of the visitor impacts the responsibility the property owner owed the visitor at the time of the accident and, therefore, whether the property owner violated the applicable duty of care.
To understand the distinctions, it is essential to first understand what these terms mean.
A trespasser is defined under Colorado law as someone who enters or remains on property without the owner’s consent.
A licensee is someone who enters or remains on property for their own purposes. The owner can provide either express consent, in which they clearly allow the visitor to enter the property, or implied consent, such as where consent can be inferred from the circumstances.
An invitee is someone who enters or remains on property to conduct business for the mutual benefit of them and the property owner. Invitees can also be those who are invited or permitted on public property.
Under Colorado premises liability laws, property owners owe the following legal duties to these types of visitors:
An experienced Boulder premises liability lawyer can review your case and help establish the legal responsibilities the property owner owed you at the time of the accident.
Have you been injured on someone else’s property? The attorneys at Purvis Thomson, LLP can help. Contact us today to schedule your free case consultation at our Boulder office and learn more about your legal options.
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