Dangerous property condition can lead to premises liability suit

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

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