Oklahoma City

Premises Liability Lawyer

Premises liability” is the legal term for lawsuits over injuries someone suffers while on someone else’s property.

Common types of premises liability include “slips trips and falls” and the following:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents (including those caused by wet or slippery floors or icy walkways, for example)
  • Trip-and-fall accidents (including those caused by uneven walkways or unmarked steps, for example)
  • Inadequate security (including cases of assault or robbery at a hotel or apartment complex, for example)
  • Dog bites and other injuries caused by dangerous animals
  • Inadequate or poor lighting that results in accidents
  • Construction site accidents

At Burch, George & Germany, P.C., our Oklahoma premises liability lawyer has the experience and resources necessary to handle all kinds of premises liability claims. We are not afraid to take on large and powerful defendants to fight for our clients’ rights.

About premises liability claims and how can a slip and fall attorney help

Premises liability law involves determining the legal responsibilities of property owners and property occupiers when accidents and injuries happen on properties they own or control. The legal responsibilities of the property owner or occupier will generally depend upon the status of the injured party as an invitee, a licensee or a trespasser.

  • Invitees. An invitee is someone who has been invited onto the property – either expressly or impliedly. Property owners owe invitees the highest duty of care and must take every reasonable precaution to ensure the invitees’ safety and warn them of any known or hazardous conditions.
  • Licensees. A licensee is someone who enters the property for his or her own purposes, generally to conduct business, and is present at the consent of the owner. Property owners are required to warn licensees of any hidden dangers, but are not required to fix them.
  • Trespassers. A trespasser is someone who enters a property without any right to do so. Property owners have not given their consent to the individual’s presence and there is generally no need to warn adult trespassers about hidden dangers. However, property owners do have a higher duty of care with respect to children or others who the property owner suspects may be trespassing.

In some situations, the law may apply a uniform standard of care to invitees and licensees, but not to trespassers. That standard generally places a continuing duty on property owners to inspect the premises, identify dangerous or hazardous conditions and either fix the conditions or post warnings about those conditions.

Premises liability cases often hinge upon the reasonableness of the parties – a standard that is often difficult to establish. Determining who is responsible, and to what degree, is never easy – and there may be special circumstances that define liability in landlord / tenant issues because rental contracts may determine or assign liability.

Fight for Your Claims by Speaking with Our Oklahoma Premises Liability Lawyer

If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, contact an experienced Oklahoma attorney at Burch, George & Germany, P.C., to discuss your situation. With over 130 years of combined legal knowledge and trial experience, our Oklahoma premises liability lawyer and paralegals know how to develop the information that can make the difference in your case – and we are always ready to take your case to trial if needed.

Ready? Call us toll free at 405-239-7711 today.