Fall injuries are a leading cause of emergency room visits nationwide and the leading cause of traumatic injury and death for older adults.
When injury occurs on someone else’ property, as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition, victims may be entitled to compensation by making a premises liability claim. A victim’s rights to make a claim are determined by his or her status as a visitor to the property. Under Colorado law, a property owner’s obligations to visitors and guests are determined by whether the victim is an invitee, licensee or trespasser.
Common scenarios resulting in fall injuries include:
Common serious injuries resulting from falls include:
Senior citizens are at particularly high risk of fall accidents and serious, debilitating injuries.
Fatal fall injuries have increased by about 50 percent among older adults in the last 20 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 3 million senior citizens are treated in emergency departments each year as a result of fall injuries, and more than 800,000 are hospitalized.
Nursing home falls are another serious threat. Even though residents are often placed in professional care, precisely because they need extra assistance and supervision to stay safe, more than 1.5 falls occur per nursing home bed, per year. Inadequate supervision is the most common cause.
Older adults are disproportionately impacted by the risks for a variety of reasons:
However, that does not mean seniors are less eligible to collect damages. Contacting an experienced Colorado Springs fall injury lawyer as soon as possible after an injury accident is the best way to protect your rights. Particularly when a fall occurs on commercial property, landowners, tenants and other responsible parties are quick to address dangerous conditions that resulted in a fall, making early documentation critical to a successful claim.
Identifying all responsible parties is also critical. Those responsible for fall injuries may include:
Identifying all responsible parties is critical to making a comprehensive claim for damages. Older adults are more likely to be blamed for falling, which makes seeking a Colorado Springs fall injury law firm with extensive experience, and access to the medical experts that can prove your case, critical to a successful claim.
Pribila and Fields PC, represents clients in personal injury and wrongful death litigation in Colorado Springs, El Paso County and the surrounding areas, including, Security-Widefield, City of Fountain, Cimarron Hills, Fort Carson, Black Forest, Woodmoor, City of Woodland Park, Stratmoor, Air Force Academy, Gleneagle, Town of Monument, City of Manitou Springs, Town of Palmer Lake, Cascade-Chipita Park, City of Cripple Creek, and Ellicott.
If you have been injured in an accident, contact the Colorado Springs injury lawyers at Pribila and Fields PC for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 719-888-3720.
Pribila and Fields, P.C. has successfully handled thousands of personal injury cases and tried scores of cases where an insurance carrier refused to pay fair compensation for injuries, losses or damages.