We combine compassionate, personalized legal guidance with aggressive courtroom representation, and have successfully recovered compensation for numerous plaintiffs who were injured on other people’s property.
The term “premises liability” means that property owners can be held responsible for injuries and deaths resulting from unsafe, hazardous property conditions, such as collapsing stairways or broken floorboards. All property owners have a basic legal duty to make sure their lands and buildings are safe, sanitary, and habitable, in a way that complies with local ordinances and other relevant laws. If you or someone you love was injured on someone else’s property, the owner may be liable for compensating you and your family.
At Hasbrook & Hasbrook, our knowledgeable legal team brings more than 75 years of combined experience to each and every case we handle. We combine compassionate, personalized legal guidance with aggressive courtroom representation, and have successfully recovered compensation for numerous plaintiffs who were injured on other people’s property. We are proud to serve Oklahoma City and the surrounding area, and offer free initial consultations. To start discussing your case in a free and completely confidential consultation, call Hasbrook & Hasbrook at (405) 698-3040 today.
Were You Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident on Private or Commercial Property?
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 common types of property in premises liability cases include:
- Apartment complexes
- Bars and restaurants
- Commercial buildings
- Grocery stores
- Malls and shopping centers
- Parking lots and parking garages
- Residential buildings
Generally speaking, the owner or operator of the premises has a duty to keep it in reasonably safe condition, or, while repairs are pending, to at least warn customers of dangerous conditions the operator has caused, knows about, or should know about. To provide a common example, a leak should be cordoned off with tape or indicated with signage so that patrons and/or residents are aware of its existence.
Many premises liability cases involve slip and fall injuries, which often lead to expensive medical costs, loss of work, and other major expenses. Hazardous indoor conditions which can cause an accidental fall include:
- Narrow stairs
- Poor lighting
- Sudden changes in flooring
- Torn carpeting
- Wet floors
Exteriors can be just as dangerous as building interiors. Dangerous conditions outside a building include:
- Dead or dying trees and vegetation
- Fallen debris (e.g. branches, power lines)
- Potholes in the ground which are difficult to see
- Uneven sidewalks
All property owners bear a certain level of responsibility to provide a safe environment, regardless of whether the accident occurs inside or outside.
Premises Liability Laws in Oklahoma
Described below is an actual case, Williams v. Safeway Stores, Inc., 515 P.2d 223 (Okla. 1973), which provides a good example of how slip and fall laws work 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, because being injured on someone else’s property does not automatically make the owner liable for injuries. The owner is responsible only for injuries resulting from negligent maintenance or other known or foreseeable issues with the property.
In addition, a property owner has no duty to ensure premises are safe for trespassers. That being said, a property owner does 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 any questions about how liability works in Oklahoma, we encourage you to call our law offices to talk about your case.
Contact Our Attorneys for a Free Consultation
If you were hurt on property other than your own, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to contact the Oklahoma City premises liability attorneys of Hasbrook & Hasbrook. We have many decades of experience helping accident victims in OKC obtain compensation for injuries which were sustained on private and business properties, including but not limited to:
- Back injuries
- Bone fractures/broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Hand injuries
- Head injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Soft tissue injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Compensation can help pay for a wide variety of costs and expenses, including surgery, hospital bills, and lost wages. This includes not only current expenses, but also projected future costs. Additionally, negligent parties can also be ordered to compensate accident victims for non-financial losses, such as the pain and suffering the victim have endured.
If you’re thinking about taking legal action, it’s important not to delay. If you wait for too long, you could miss critical legal deadlines and lose your opportunity to recover compensation. To set up a free, confidential case evaluation, call the personal injury attorneys of Hasbrook & Hasbrook at (405) 698-3040. 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 fighting for the compensation you deserve.