When a person is injured due to hazardous or dangerous conditions on someone else’s property, the victim may be able to obtain compensation for his or her injuries. Some of the most common premises where people are injured and are able to obtain compensation include:
- Residential buildings
- Commercial buildings
- Parking lots
- Shopping centers
- And more
Generally speaking, the owner or operator of the premises has a duty to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition or to at least warn customers of dangerous conditions the operator has caused, knows about, or should know about. These types of cases often involve slip and fall injuries, and the injured person can, and often does, incur expensive medical costs, loss of work, and other expenses. Hazardous conditions inside a building include wet floors, poor lighting, torn carpeting, narrow stairs, or sudden changes in flooring. Dangerous conditions outside a building include ice, snow, rain, a pothole in the ground that is difficult to see, and others. All property owners bear a certain level of responsibility to provide a safe environment, regardless of whether the injury occurs inside or outside the property.
Here is an actual case, Williams v. Safeway Stores, Inc., 515 P.2d 223 (Okla. 1973), which gives a nice example of how the slip and fall law works in Oklahoma with regard to stores or shopping centers.
A storekeeper owes customers the duty to exercise ordinary care to keep aisles and other parts of the premises ordinarily used by customers in transacting business in a reasonably safe condition, and to warn customers of dangerous conditions upon the premises which are known, or which should reasonably be known to the storekeeper, but not to customers. [Citations omitted.] Knowledge of the dangerous condition will be imputed to the storekeeper if he knew of the dangerous condition, or if it existed for such time it was his duty to know of it, or if the condition was created by him, or by his employees acting within the scope of the employment. [Citations omitted.]
What many people do not understand is that a property owner is not always responsible for an accident. Being injured on someone else’s property does not make the owner responsible for injuries automatically. In addition, a property owner has no duty to ensure premises are safe for trespassers. A property owner does, however, have a duty not to injure a trespasser by an intentional, willful, or wanton act that is known or reasonably should be known.
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to contact the Oklahoma City premises liability attorneys at Hasbrook & Hasbrook. We have many years of experience helping victims injured on property owned by another obtain compensation for their injuries. Contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation. We can quickly determine if you have a case against the owner of the premises where you were injured, and will put our experience to work on your behalf to obtain all the compensation you deserve.