A previous post on this blog discussed the most common causes of slip-and-fall accidents that might take a person visiting the home or business of another by surprise.
When an Oklahoma resident thinks of a premises liability case, he or she might first think of a customer going in to a Stillwater or Ponca City business and getting hurt. Or, one might think of a person's houseguest slipping on an icy patio or otherwise tripping and falling on the property.
Like many other states, Oklahoma has abolished the traditional distinction between "licensees" and "invitees" on to a piece of property. Now, if a person is on the property of another, whether it is to visit someone's home or patronize a business, then the owner of the property has a duty to use reasonable care to protect them from dangerous conditions on the property.
While the following story didn't occur here in Oklahoma, it does exemplify many of the dangers that people face everyday, no matter which state they live in.
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.