If you are injured while on someone else’s property, your injuries will most likely be covered under the property owner’s insurance, depending on the reason for why you are visiting the property. For the most part, the property owner has a duty to keep their property free from hazards and take precautions to ensure visitors can access the property safely. However, the duty of the property owner depends on why the person is on the property. This is the way Colorado premises liability law operates.
Colorado premises liability law and Colorado negligence law are one in the same in the law books. Injured people can be compensated by the landowner, since it is the landowner’s responsibility to keep the land safe. If there is hazard on the property, the owner needs to take necessary precautions to keep those on the property free from harm.
Three Types of Parties
According to Colorado premises liability law, the duty of the property owner depends on if the person is an invitee, licensee, or trespasser.
Therefore, a property owner has the duty to warn anyone who enters their property, whether invited or uninvited, of any possible dangers.
What to do if You Are Injured
If you are injured on another person’s property, there are several steps you should take to ensure you are paid proper damages for your injuries. First, file an accident report so there is record of the accident. Make sure to preserve the evidence. This means taking photographs, saving any related documents, and keeping written notes or statements showing what happened. Then, get the contact information of any witnesses. Lastly, be sure to save medical bills and any other expenses you paid in relation to the accident. If you are injured badly enough to require medical care, see a doctor right away. Waiting too long can hurt your medical condition as well as your case.
If you have questions about Colorado premises liability law, contact the Law Office of D.J. Banovitz. He is a personal injury lawyer who is well versed in Colorado premises liability law. Contact him today at (303) 300-5060 and request your free booklet, 7 Costly Mistakes that can Ruin Your Colorado Injury Case.
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