As the holidays loom, most people enjoy seeing a light covering of snow. However, when it comes to businesses, their sidewalks, entranceways, and parking areas, allowing a build up of snow could result in injury to their patrons. Snow is slippery in and of itself, but it may conceal a thin layer of ice underneath that increases the risk of a slip and fall accident.
Slip-and-fall accidents are among the most talked-about premises liability topics. This is probably because they are so common that lawyers like to make sure victims are familiar with the legal aspects of slips or falls. We have discussed these kinds of accidents in our injury blog as well, but today we would like to tackle another premises liability topic: fire on another person's property.
When a person falls and suffers injury, he or she may assume that the incident was caused by a lack of attention, clumsiness or other personal error. In reality, accidents are often caused by factors beyond the victim's control, sometimes even by dangerous property conditions. If you were hurt in a slip-and-fall accident, you could be entitled to full compensation for damages.
When property conditions are dangerous or poorly maintained, innocent people may suffer. Property owners are responsible for attending to wet, uneven, slippery or hazardous floors in order protect people who visit the property, regardless of whether the property is public or private. If you were hurt in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident, a dangerous property condition may be to blame.
When an Oklahoma reader falls and suffers an injury in a public place, such as a store or restaurant, he or she may assume that clumsiness is to blame. In reality, a slip-and-fall accident is often the result of dangerous property conditions or negligent maintenance on the part of the property owner. In these types of circumstances, it can be wise to find out if an injury claim is a reasonable option.
If injured on another party's property, you may feel overwhelmed by the situation. It is possible that, in addition to physical pain and suffering, you are also facing medical bills and lost wages from missed work. It is entirely possible that negligent maintenance or dangerous premises caused your injury. Victims of this type of negligence may have grounds for a premises liability claim.
Oklahoma residents may be interested in hearing about a celebrity premises liability case that occurred in a state on the West coast. Tori Spelling, best known for her role in Beverly Hills: 90210 as Donna, has recently filed a lawsuit against a hibachi chain restaurant known as Benihana. She is alleging that she slipped and fell while dining at the restaurant. The slip-and-fall accident led to her suffering a severe burn on her right arm from touching the grill.