The state of Colorado is known for its amazing landscapes, its many outdoor activities and its beautiful winter weather. Snow and ice are among the many things that can cause slip-and-fall accidents.
Many falls cause no injury other than embarrassment and a few bruises or scrapes. Despite this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists falls as the top cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
If all properties were always safe, there would be no need for premises liability laws. These laws exist because some property owners do not take steps to preserve the safety of others.
Some important facts about falls
For more about how a slip-and-fall accident could lead to devastating results, consider these facts from the CDC:
- Nearly all hip fractures occur during fall accidents.
- About 3 million older Americans need emergency treatment after a fall.
- One out of every five falls result in serious injury.
- More than 800,000 people require a hospital stay for fall injuries annually.
- Most of the fall injuries requiring hospitalization affect the hips and the head.
- Over 300,000 older people suffer fall-related hip fractures requiring hospitalization each year.
No one thinks you should always fear slipping, tripping or falling. However, a little caution, especially when in unfamiliar areas, can help you avoid serious injury
If you suffer a serious or catastrophic injury from a slip-and-fall, premises liability laws give you options for obtaining financial compensation. Familiarizing yourself with the specific laws covering premises injuries in Colorado can help you determine the proper next steps if you choose to pursue a claim against a property owner.