Property owners have rights. They also have obligations and responsibilities, one of which is to provide for the safety of people on the property. If you have been injured because of unsafe conditions on either public or private property, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Premises liability claims are filed when your injury was the fault of a property owner and the incident could have easily been prevented if the owner was vigilant rather than negligent in the care of his or her property — this can extend to ownership of pets as well as real estate.
Lakewood personal injury attorney James L. Finegan provides clients throughout Jefferson County, and across Colorado, with aggressive and effective representation in premises liability cases involving:
A swimming pool is a real luxury — it offers a refreshing break on a hot day and a place to socialize. Whether a private pool or an amenity at a condominium, a pool requires constant maintenance. It also requires a variety of safety measures to avoid children and even adults from drowning. Owners and managers of the property should be maintaining a safe environment, and if they have been negligent, you may have a strong premises liability case.
A homeowners association, for example, has a duty to install barriers or other means to keep toddlers from wandering in. Teenagers are tempted to swim at night, and entering the pool area secretly is exciting. Lighting should be adequate for them to be seen and ejected for their own safety. Swimming at night can be dangerous when there is no lifeguard, and dim lighting allows tripping or slipping.
Motels attract business by having a pool, but many show signs of neglect, with ladders and drains in disrepair. Many drowning victims have been unable to simply get out of a pool. Slippery surfaces are a constant around a pool. Striking one’s head on a diving board or the side of a pool can lead to drownings. Even when there are lifeguards, they are sometimes too young and too inexperienced to save a drowning adult.
Have you been attacked or robbed in an office building, store or other premises in Colorado? The owners of apartment complexes and almost any business have some duty to keep you safe. Hotels and motels profit from your stay, and they must take certain steps to keep dangerous persons out.
Muggers, rapists and other criminals are aware of gates that don’t lock, of alternate entrances to buildings and of lapses in security. Parking lots can be vast, open spaces where criminals can hide. If you have been victimized due to poor lighting or security guards who are not watching out for you, you may have a legal claim for damages. Attorney James L. Finegan can help, having assisted clients in Lakewood and throughout the state.
While newer parking ramps generally have much better lighting than in the past, older ones have been the scene of rapes and even murder. Older buildings also lack the security features of new buildings.
When someone has been attacked on a premise lacking appropriate security, Attorney James L. Finegan is here to listen and help. He has more than 40 years of experience in personal injury law in Lakewood. He will examine the history of crimes in the same building or area and learn what the owner should have done to prevent recurrence.
Crime statistics are easily available and the community has certain standards as to expectations of safety. Depending on the circumstances, you may have a strong case for compensation for the damages you have suffered. Wrongful death cases are the most serious.
Victims of premises liability accidents in swimming pools, garages and buildings deserve justice when the responsibilities of ensuring safety are disregarded. If you have lost a child or another family member, Attorney James L. Finegan understands the type of magnitude that this kind of tragedy can have on surviving individuals.
If you are looking for an experienced lawyer to represent you — someone who will fight for justice and your future — James L. Finegan, P.C. is the right choice. The firm represents injured clients in metro Denver and throughout Jefferson County from its office in Lakewood.