Premises Liability Attorney In Boulder, CO
Like other states, Colorado features laws that pertain to premises liability. Under the umbrella of personal injury law, premises liability refers to a form of negligence or carelessness that holds property owners (or their agents such as a manager) accountable for an individual’s injuries if they are hurt on the premises. Malik Law specializes in personal injury law and premises liability cases. We are based in Boulder but represent clients all across the state. If you’ve been injured at a store or on someone’s property, you may be eligible for fair compensation if your accident can be linked to the property owner’s negligence. Experienced premises liability attorneys like those at Malik Law can provide you with effective representation, helping you to fight for your legal rights.
In Colorado, property owners have a responsibility to maintain their premises, ensuring that they are reasonably safe for customers or visitors. Many people believe that premises liability cases are synonymous with slip and fall cases, but the term premises liability is broader. You may file a premises liability case that involves a slip and fall accident, dog bite, pool accident, toxic fumes, snow or ice accidents, inadequate building security, amusement park accidents, fire, flood, and more. In order to secure compensation for injuries sustained on someone else’s property, the claimant must be able to show that the owner was negligent in their responsibility to maintain safe premises. This duty of responsibility is also shared by the property owner’s agent like a manager in cases that involved a commercial or retail property.
Malik Law: Experts In Premises Liability
Malik Law attorneys specialize in personal injury law and cases that involve premises liability. While sometimes these accidents involve minor injuries, they can also lead to immensely serious, life-changing injuries, including death. Malik Law attorneys are dedicated to helping victims who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. Malik Law was founded by Attorney Saira P. Malik to help victims of premises liability and other personal injury cases secure fair compensation for their injuries. As a small firm, Malik Law prides itself on offering clients personalized attention. If you are looking for a skilled premises liability attorney in Boulder, CO, you can trust Malik Law to work diligently to preserve your rights.
Trust In Our Experience
Malik Law attorneys have investigated, negotiated, and litigated a wide array of premises liability cases for clients in Boulder and elsewhere in Colorado. Individuals who have been hurt because of a property owner’s negligence often suffer physical and emotional pain as well as financial burdens like medical bills and lost work wages. In these instances, victims have the legal right to claim damages and seek compensation for what they’ve endured. You can trust Malik Law to diligently represent your interests. We have experience investigating premises liability cases and successfully negotiating and litigating on our clients’ behalf.
Property Owners In Colorado Have a Duty of Care
Under Colorado law, property owners’ responsibility and, therefore, liability varies as to whether or not they invited an individual onto their property. For instance, owners who openly invite people onto their property (including family, friends, and patrons) have the highest level of responsibility to maintain a safe environment. Property owners have a lesser degree of responsibility if trespassers who do not have permission to be on the property are injured—unless the ‘trespasser’ is a child.
Many types of premises liability cases can be complicated, which is why it’s essential to hire an attorney who specializes in this area of the law. Attorney Malik has a decade of experience helping victims of personal injuries achieve fair compensation. She and her firm are committed to helping other victims achieve their legal goals too.
What does it mean for a property owner to be negligent? That question gets to the heart of what we do. In order to win compensation in matters of premises liability, we must show that the property owner was negligent in their responsibility to maintain a safe environment. Some examples of owner negligence include:
- Hazardous floor or grounds conditions (i.e. potholes, unsecured extension cords, spills)
- Pools that are unsecured by locking gates or fencing
- Lack of locked entrances
- Unsecured carpets
- Loose railings
- Broken sidewalks or steps
- Accumulation of snow / ice
If the claimant can demonstrate that the property owner was aware of the unsafe conditions on the property and then failed to take appropriate action to ensure safety, they are likely to win their case.
As we evaluate premises liability cases, we’ll be attempting to establish how long the hazardous condition existed, how long the property owner had to correct the issue, whether or not the property owner as a demonstrable record of remedying unsafe conditions, and whether or not the property owner attempted to block people from having access to an unsafe area. Our attorneys are diligent in their quest to answer these and other questions.
What Should You Do If You Are Injured on Someone Else’s Property?
If you get hurt on someone else’s property, it’s important to take a few important steps. First, you should get medical treatment. You may think that you’ve only sprained an ankle or gotten a few bruises, but without a professional medical assessment, you can’t be sure. Concussions, internal bleeding, and other potentially serious injuries may not be immediately obvious. Sometimes symptoms do not appear for days.
When you get treated for your injuries, you’ll also be establishing documentary evidence. Your medical records—the doctor’s findings and treatments—will be documented. You can use these records to support your claim if you choose to make it.
If you get injured in a retail store or restaurant, you can ask that the manager produce an incident report. This, too, will become evidence. Keep a copy of the incident report as you may need it to support your suit. An incident report isn’t essential to win your claim, but it does provide support, especially if it helps to establish the property owner’s negligence.
If you are seriously injured, you may not be able to record any witnesses present, but witness accounts can also be helpful in matters related to premises liability. If possible, collect the names and phone numbers of witnesses at the scene. If you have your cellphone handy, take photos of the scene of the accident. You’ll want to note where the accident occurred in as much specificity as possible.
Rely on an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
After taking the steps noted above, contact an experience personal injury attorney who specializes in slip and fall accidents or other types of premises liability. The sooner we are aware of your accident, the sooner we can provide you with helpful legal guidance. For example, we advise our clients not to talk to insurers or they could inadvertently say something to harm their case. We have the expertise needed to communicate effectively about these matters with insurance companies. We will also advise our clients not to discuss their case on social media.
Your Malik Law attorney will communicate with insurance companies as well as the negligent party’s attorneys. It’s not uncommon for an insurer to try to settle a claim early on. You might hear from them in a couple days of the event. When you rely on our legal guidance, we can help you calculate what a fair settlement should look like so that you can make an informed decision about whether to accept an offer of compensation or whether to escalate the matter toward litigation.
If you’ve experienced a personal injury on someone else’s property, you may be eligible for compensation. Our skilled attorneys will do everything in our power to help you win your case. Contact us to schedule your free initial consultation so we can answer your questions and concerns about the claims process in Colorado. Remember, there is a time limit for filing these claims, so contact us right away to find out everything you need to know about these types of cases.
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