What Every Homeowner Should Know About Premises Liability
Premises liability claims are quite serious, especially for responsible homeowners. Many people do not realize this, but the moment you enter someone else’s property as either a guest or a customer, the property owner becomes responsible for your safety. The main takeaway from this is that you, as a homeowner, are responsible for maintaining a safe and clean environment. This is legally known as ‘premises liability’ and is something all homeowners should take the time to educate themselves about. Oklahoma law requires all public and private property owners to stay on top of the upkeep of their property in order to ensure a safe environment for those who are visiting their premises legally. The majority of premises have safety codes or regulations that property owners must adhere to.
In order to ensure you are not slapped with a premises liability case due to a courier, friend, or someone else becoming injured on your property, it is absolutely imperative that you understand what premises liability is and what your obligations as a homeowner are in regards to maintaining your property.
Common Types of Premises Liability Claims
It is a fact that most people spend a fair amount of time on property that is owned and operated by another person. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that the chance of an accident occurring on someone’s property is pretty high. There are a wide range of scenarios that fall under the premises liability category, but here is a look at the most common:
- Slipping or falling on wet or icy sidewalks, driveways, or other surfaces
- Tripping over uneven flooring
- Injuries sustained from animals (such as dog bites)
- Neglect on the part of the homeowner
- Failure to mark or warn of potentially unsafe conditions
- Swimming pool injuries
- Fires and explosions
- Lead poisoning
- Exposure to hazardous materials
- Inadequate security
- Rape, robbery, or assault as a result of negligent security
Premises liability cases can be quite confusing, especially for homeowners. If someone was injured on your property and you now find yourself faced with a premises liability lawsuit, please contact an attorney from Atkins & Markoff right away. We have years of experience working with these types of cases in Oklahoma and will do everything we can to ensure you understand your rights.
It is important to keep in mind that the following must be proven in order for someone to win a premises liability case:
- The property where the accident took place was dangerous or contained unsafe conditions
- The property owner was aware of these dangerous conditions
- The property owner did not exercise responsible care and maintenance
To learn more about premises liability cases in Oklahoma, contact Atkins & Markoff today.