Oklahoma City Premises Liability Lawyers
Everyone has a right to safety when visiting a personal residence or a business as a guest or customer. The owner, landlord, or property manager of these properties have a duty to their guests to take the necessary steps and precautions to prevent them from being harmed while on the property. If you are hurt in a slip, trip or fall or other accident causes you harm, the OKC injury attorneys of Abel Law Firm can help you. We have built a reputation in Oklahoma for protecting individuals who have been hurt by the negligent actions of others, and we are ready to fight for you.
Business or private property owners are expected to inspect the premises and repair any unreasonable dangers to visitors, and if they fail to do so, they can be held accountable for any injuries people suffer. This responsibility for guests’ safety is legally known as premises liability and applies to a number of areas in and around a property from staircases to broken floorboards.
Private residences and businesses can pose a number of threats to guests and patrons if property owners fail to maintain a safe environment. When property owners knowingly ignore problems or fail to repair or replace any amenities they are putting innocent people at risk of serious, life-altering injury. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to the recklessness or negligence of a property owner, it’s time to hold them responsible for any injuries that occur. Fortunately, you have legal options and the Oklahoma City premises liability lawyers at Abel Law Firm are on your side. Contact us today at (405) 239-7046 and take the first step toward protecting your rights and moving on with your life.
Why Choose Us?
Premises liability cases, and personal injury cases, in general, can be extremely complicated and involved, especially when dealing with insurance companies and the defendant’s legal representatives. Our team of six lawyers has over 130 years of combined experience handling these types of cases and we take pride in giving each case the individual care and commitment it deserves as if it were our only case. Not only are the Oklahoma City premises liability lawyers at Abel Law Firm experienced, professional, and aggressive in pursuit of getting our clients the financial compensation they deserve, but they are also committed to helping the community in a variety of ways through pro bono legal representation to children and helping provide healthcare to low-income persons. Call us today and speak with one of our legal representatives about your rights and legal options.
Cases We Handle
Premises liability laws cover a wide range of people visiting or legally entering a property including visitors, customers, contractors, constructions workers, and anyone else invited onto the property. If a property owner knows of damage or a defect and cannot immediately fix the problem or replace it, he or she is required to at least post clear warning signs around the hazard to inform patrons, guests, and passerbys of potential threats to their safety. Negligent property owners can cause injuries to their guests in a variety of different ways.
Many of these accidents can be severe and may alter every aspect of your and your family’s lives. You should consider discussing your case with our OKC premises liability lawyers if your or a member of your family has experienced a preventable injury from any of the following:
- Slip and Fall
- Elevator/Escalator Injuries
- Porch Collapse
- Stair Collapse
- Lead Paint Poisoning
- Mercury Poisoning
- Swimming Pool Injuries
Not only can injuries from these cases affect your quality of life or prevent you from returning to work, they can also be fatal. In fact, statistics from the National Floor Safety Institute report that slip and fall accidents—the most common type of premises liability accident—are the third highest cause of unintentional death in the United States with over half of all accidental home deaths caused by falling. Unsafe homes and businesses can be especially dangerous for elderly people who pose an even higher risk of debilitating injuries or death in the event of a fall due to wet floors, icy conditions, or other unmarked dangers.
Frequently Asked Questions
For many victims, the days and weeks following an accident caused by a reckless property owner’s actions can be a blur, leading to a growing pile of medical bills and also a growing number of questions. When accidents occur at a personal property it can be especially confusing for victims who don’t want to take legal action against a friend of family member. At Abel Law Firm our attorneys are here to answer any question you might have about your case and rights. To get started, we’ve provided you with the answers to a number of common questions we hear from people just like you.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability can be a confusing type of litigation due to the innumerable incidents that fall within its scope. When an individual is injured on the property of another due to circumstances that the property owner failed to properly fix or post warnings of, that property owner may be held liable for the resulting injuries.
Individuals that are legally able to make a claim for premises liability generally must have been purposefully invited onto the property; therefore, trespassers are often not candidates for premises liability claims. However, when homeowners fail to clean up spills, repair torn carpets, or secure dangerous products, they may be held liable for injuries that their invited guests sustain as a result of these unsafe conditions.
Is there a specific amount of time a hazard has to exist in order to hold a property owner liable?
Premises liability suits are extremely complicated, and like many aspects of your case, will depend on specific circumstances and details. In order to recover damages, it isn’t enough to simply prove the plaintiff was injured due to a hazard on the property. You also have to prove negligence on part of the property owner or tenant. And while there isn’t a hard and fast rule on how long a property owner has to repair damages, courts will take into account a variety of factors and whether the property owner knew about the hazard and had a “reasonable amount of time” to take care of the problem or provide proper warning.
Why do I need a premises liability lawyer?
Because the foundation of premises liability laws say that property owners and landlords are liable for any injury caused by an accident on their residential or commercial property, recovering financial compensation may seem like a straightforward process. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. One must also prove the property owner knew of the dangers beforehand and was negligent by failing to take action and repair the hazard, making these types of cases uniquely intricate and involved. Courts look at a number of factors such as the property’s condition, what the victim was doing at the time of the accident, as well as a variety of other factors that could work against you without a trained and experienced legal representative helping your file paperwork, gather testimony, and present evidence.
Additionally, many of these cases occur on a friend or loved one’s property, making the lawsuit process even more complicated, and oftentimes emotional. By having an attorney handle your case, you can stay out of the daily process and instead focus on your recovery.
How much does it cost to speak with and hire an attorney?
With expenses piling up following an accident, adding another one from a personal injury lawyer may seem out of the question. At Abel Law Firm we put our clients needs before our own, and that’s why we not only offer free consultations but we also don’t collect any legal fees unless we win your case and recover the financial compensation you need. After winning your case or settling outside of court we simply take a portion of the settlement to cover our legal costs.
Classification of Visitors
In order to have a case and a chance of recovering financial compensation you must determine the purpose for being at the property. Visitors to commercial, government, or private properties fall in three categories:
- Invitee: Individuals who are on the property at the invitation of the owner, such as patrons at a business. Here, the landlord is most responsible for keeping conditions safe and free of danger.
- Licensee: Those on the property at the clear or implied consent of the owner minus reasons for commercial gain like guests at a home or someone asking for directions. Owners owe these individuals the care of disclosing hidden dangers but aren’t required to fix them.
- Trespasser: A person who entered the property without authorization and owed very little duty for preventable injuries
If you were an invitee or licensee on someone’s property who suffered a serious injury caused by a negligent property owner, you may be left with a feeling of hopelessness and despair. On top of that, you may have dozens of questions keeping you up at night. That’s where we come in. Our Oklahoma City lawyers can help you recover financial compensation to pay for past and future medical bills, physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages, pain and suffering, and a number of other damages.
If you have been hurt in an accident on a commercial or residential property, you may be eligible to secure compensation for your medical expenses, bills, and other costs associated with the accident. Don’t trust you claim to just any attorney, turn to the team that so many other people in Oklahoma have turned to in their time of need: Abel Law Firm. Let us put our experience to work for you, and don’t let this accident cause any more harm to your life than you have already suffered. We will fight for you from beginning to end. Contact the Oklahoma City premises liability lawyers at Abel Law Firm today at (405) 239-7046 to discuss the services we can provide for you.