It may not snow as much in Oklahoma as it does in the Northeast, but it is important to understand how weather can cause a dangerous property condition and potential hazards. A dangerous property condition, such as ice and accumulated snow, can cause slips, falls and even result in lawsuits. Certain hazards are particularly prominent during cold weather months.
When a person is injured due to negligence or dangerous conditions, the property owner may face claims for financial damages. For example, a homeowner may be responsible for a fall off of a broken stair or injury suffered on a driveway covered in black ice. If the injured party believes that the property owner breached a duty of care, legal action is always a possibility.
Weather has the potential to play a role in the condition of personal property. From branches blown off in a storm to a snowy walkway, the owner of the property is responsible for cleaning up and eliminating hazards in a timely manner. In some cases, this liability may extend to public walkways and roads that are adjacent to private property.
After a slip-and-fall in public or in a private home, it may make sense to consider all available legal options. It is possible that a fall was not caused by simple clumsiness, but rather dangerous conditions that ultimately caused an injury. When considering a premises liability claim due to a dangerous property condition, an Oklahoma victim has the right to seek professional help in order to determine the best course of action.
Source: Time, "Winter Storm Juno: Why You Should Shovel ASAP", Kerri Anne Renzulli, Jan. 27, 2015