Premises liability victim claims head injury from unsecured pole

Oklahoma store owners are expected to exercise reasonable care when maintaining their stores' premises. Consumers need to be safe from potentially hazardous conditions, hidden dangers and other situations that could possibly cause harm. When this does not happen, it can result in serious injury or possibly even death, and the store owner may be able to be held responsible via a premises liability claim.

A woman from another state has recently filed a lawsuit after suffering an injury at a shoe retail store in 2013. She was reportedly sitting in one of the designated chairs for customers. It was at this time that an allegedly unsecured pole fell from its location and struck her on the head.

As a result of this incident, the woman asserts that she suffered severe and permanent head injuries in addition to general pain and suffering, as well as medical expenses. She also says that she has had difficulty attending to her day-to-day affairs. The lawsuit states that the shoe retailer failed to inform customers that the pole was unsafe, while also failing to ensure that the pole was secure so that it would not fall while customers were in the store. 

In order to be successful with a premises liability lawsuit that cites dangerous property conditions in Oklahoma, one must be able to prove that the store owner's negligence resulted in one's injury. It must be proved that the owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and failed to provide adequate maintenance to ensure that the premises was safe for consumers. If successful in one's claim, one may be able to recover monetary damages for the sustained injuries.

Source:, "Shoe customer sues retailer, alleging head injury in store", Carol Ostrow, July 14, 2015

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