Premises Liability

From Simple Falls to Hazardous Activities

We have tried a large number of premises liability actions in Colorado, Wyoming and other states, ranging in complexity from run-of-the-mill slip and fall cases in icy parking lots to the most comples cases involving ultrahazardous activities, such as blasting and heavy equipment operations.

Our vast experience in premises liability litigation includes:

  • Snow and ice
  • Defective scaffolds
  • Swimming pool cases
  • Heavy equipment injuries
  • Explosions and blasting activity injuries
  • Crane injuries
  • Injuries caused by fire
  • Soil collapse cases and sink-hole cases
  • Falling tree limb cases
  • Auto racing cases
  • Sidewalk and walkway irregularities
  • Golf course liability cases
  • Retail entryway cases
  • Sharp objects protruding from walls
  • Open manhole cases
  • Improper repair of commercial entryways
  • Attractive nuisance cases
  • Assaults on commercial premises
  • Elevator door and escalator injury cases
  • Moss and algae on sidewalks from over-watering
  • Falling signs in retail establishments
  • Signs and umbrellas falling in wind
  • Railing failure cases
  • Security cases (failure to protect from assault)
  • Tasering cases
  • Mining injuries
  • Shallow-water diving injury cases
  • Stage equipment cases
  • Falling equipment cases

We have litigated issues relating to indemnification, the pre-emptive effect of premises liability acts, comparative fault issues regarding conditions on land in combination with the actions of others on the land as causes of injury, and a host of causation issues connected with premises liability.

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Statutory History

When the Colorado General Assembly restructured statutory premises liability in the early 1990s, Brett Godfrey published the first article on the new act.