Negligent Ice / Snow Removal
During the winter months, Denver weather often causes snow and ice to build up on roads, parking lots, sidewalks and stairs, or even in the entrances to buildings. These conditions can be very dangerous and cause individuals to slip and fall, which can result in serious injuries.
Although these accidents do occur, if they happened because of another parties negligence, you may be eligible to be compensated for losses. This can be in the form of repayment of medical bills or lost wages from being out of work. It is your right as a citizen to sue for damages, and if your argument explicitly implicates an offending party, then they should be held accountable and responsible for paying back to you what was lost, in some form or another.
If you have sustained injuries as a result f negligent ice or snow removal, it is important to contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in Denver as soon as possible.
Denver Negligent Ice Removal Lawyer
Contact the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson today at (303) 458-5000 for a consultation about your negligent ice or snow removal claim throughout Denver and the surrounding areas of Boulder, Longmont, Lakewood, Arvada, Aurora, Thornton, Westminster, Centennial and Littleton. Attorney Jennifer L. Donaldson will make every effort to help you receive just compensation for the injuries you suffered as a result of negligent ice or snow removal. Call the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson for a consultation today about your claim for injuries sustained as a result of negligent ice or snow removal.
Negligent Ice Removal Claims in Denver
The owners of buildings, stores and any other public places are responsible for removing snow and ice to allow safe access on their property. They have an obligation to ensure areas accessible to the public is safe and free and clear of any dangerous accumulation of snow and ice. Claims for negligent ice and snow removal in Denver can arise in any of the following locations:
- Shopping malls,
- Retail locations,
- Parking lots,
- Apartment complexes,
- Public parks,
- Grocery stores,
- Public venues, and/or
- Any other public location.
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Denver Lawsuits for Negligent Snow Removal
If you have suffered injuries from negligent snow or ice removal in Denver, it is essential to immediately contact an experienced personal injury attorney after your accident.
According to the Colorado Revised Statutes § 13-80-102, you may only have two years after your negligent ice or snow removal accident to file a lawsuit for the injuries you sustained against the negligent party. This time period, known as a statute of limitations or SOL prevents an injured party from filing a lawsuit for damages arising out of a tort claim after a certain period of time has passed. Therefore, it is important to contact a Denver personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure your lawsuit for damages is not barred and to ensue you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries.
However, if the property involved in the incident was owned by a governmental entity, such as a city, county or state building or a school, different rules may apply. Under Colorado’s governmental immunity laws (CRS § 24-10-109), an injured party must give formal written notice of the claim to the governmental entity within 180 days of the date of the accident. If you fail to give proper notice under Colorado law, you will be barred from seeking compensation for your injuries and damages. Since the SOL is only two years and other deadlines can be as short as 180 days from the date of your slip and fall on ice or snow, it is very important to hire a Denver personal injury attorney as soon as you have been involved in such an incident
In order to recover damages for a lawsuit for your injuries from negligent ice or snow removal in Denver, your attorney must first prove a negligence claim by a preponderance of the evidence. This is a burden of proof at trial that your attorney must establish, which is satisfied if the evidence slightly weighs more in your favor than it does not, or by 51%. Additionally, your attorney must prove the negligent party owed you a duty, they breach that duty, and as a result, they actually and proximately caused your injuries.
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Damages in Denver for Negligent Ice and Snow Removal
If you have been injured due to negligent ice or snow removal in Denver, you are legally permitted to seek reimbursement from the negligent party for any expenses, damages and injuries you have incurred.
Under Colorado law, the following types of damages may be recoverable for any injuries you sustained as a result of negligent ice or snow removal:
- Economic damages are intended to compensate you for all financial loss you have sustained or will sustain in the future as a result of your negligent ice or snow removal. Economic damages in Denver can include:
- Income loss,
- Diminished earning capacity,
- Expenses from medical treatment and rehabilitation, and/or
- Any additional out-of-pocket expenses.
- Non-Economic damages are intended to compensate you for any losses you have incurred due to negligent ice or snow removal, including:
- Normal lifestyle impairment,
- Loss of life enjoyment,
- Mental anguish and emotional stress, and/or
- Physical pain and suffering.
The amount of non-economic damages permitted in Colorado is limited to a maximum of $500,000.
- Physical Impairment and Disfigurement are intended to compensate you for any permanent disfigurement, physical injuries or scars you may have suffered as a result of the negligent ice or snow removal. This form of damages is not limited by the non-economic damages cap stated above.
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Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson | Negligent Snow Removal Attorney in Denver
An accident that involves negligent snow removal can be a confusing process because of the scenario itself. Even though it may not be as straightforward as an auto accident, if negligence by another was involved, you are going to be eligible for compensation. Do not wait to act in a situation such as this, and work with a personal injury attorney who has the experience and knowledge of these cases to give you the greatest chance at making up for what was lost.
Jennifer Donaldson is a knowledgeable Denver premises liability attorney who will work diligently to help you receive full and fair compensation for the injuries you sustained as a result of negligent ice or snow removal. Contact the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson at (303) 458-5000 for a consultation about your negligent ice and snow removal claim in Denver today.
Call the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson today for a consultation about your negligent ice or snow removal claim in Denver County and the surrounding areas of Boulder County, Jefferson County, Adams County and Arapahoe County.