Premises liability is one of the leading causes for many personal injury claims. A person or establishment can be held liable for any injuries that another person can suffer when the injuries occurred within the premises. Premises liability does not only mean slip and fall accidents; it also cover dog or animal bites, assaults, and many others. As long as the person who owns the property is the one responsible or in control of the property and those inside it, they can be held accountable for any injuries that a person may sustain inside the premises.
There are factors that need to be present in order to make the property owner accountable for the injuries following a personal injury claim. First, it should be established that the property was considered dangerous, second that the owner was or should have been aware of the condition of the property and third that the property owner had the opportunity to correct the condition or provide warnings, but did not, which caused injury to the unknowing victim. It is generally the responsibility of the owner to ensure the safety of the property that is under their control, or to warn people regarding the dangers within the property.
Premises liability may also depend on the status of the injured person during the time of injury. If the person is an “invitee”, or someone who the property owner invited into the property, then the owner has the responsibility to warn or remove the invitees from any dangers within the property. Likewise, a “licensee” is someone who has consent from the owner to be on the property. If you ask an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer, they will likely inform you that a landowner does not have the duty to any adult trespasser, although they are prohibited from intentionally or willfully injure an adult trespasser in their property.