Stores have a responsibility to the public to make sure their businesses are free of hazards. Hazards can include wet floors, loose wiring, poor construction, improperly stocked shelves and other safety issues. When customers are harmed by hazards while shopping, they have every right to seek justice against the negligent businesses that are responsible for their injuries.
Take for example the case of a 71-year-old Colorado woman who was injured after falling at a Centennial furniture store. The woman fell after accessing an area of the store she believed to be a walkway. Unfortunately, the store had not marked the area as hazardous and this woman suffered permanent injuries. She can no longer enjoy her favorite hobbies and has a lower quality of life. A jury decided that the store was 67 percent responsible for the woman’s injuries and awarded her $1.2 million.
Some may believe this was a ‘frivolous lawsuit’, but that could not be further from the truth. Frivolous lawsuits are thrown out in court. An unsuspecting senior citizen was left with permanent disabilities because the business did not warn of potential hazards to customers.
Colorado Premises Liability: What You Need to Know
Colorado’s statute of limitations on premises liability claims is two years under most circumstances. Falls are common causes of traumatic brain injuries (one of the most common causes) and can lead to permanent disability, expensive health care costs and lost income. Colorado premises liability law can help accident victims recover from expensive medical bills, lost income and other costs associated with permanent injuries.
The Wyoming and Colorado personal injury attorneys at Metier Law Firm are dedicated to holding negligent businesses accountable.