Hurt in an Oklahoma City Slip and Fall Accident?
Our attorneys can demand compensation for you through a claim or lawsuit
Slip and fall accidents in Oklahoma City can be complicated and frustrating for injury victims. But proving the negligence of an owner of a property or premises requires strong evidence. Even those who are aware of their surroundings could slip and fall if hazardous conditions are ignored by property owners.
The experienced lawyers at Lawter & Associates, PLLC have a vast amount of legal knowledge and understand how to handle slip and fall injuries and other premises liability claims. We've been doing this work for more than 40 years. We know what needs to be done and we're prepared to help you every step of the way.
When you have our legal team on your side, we can launch an investigation and find out where negligence can be proven. We can search for witnesses who saw what happened. We also frequently consult with accident reconstruction experts. Contact our law office today and find out how we can help you.
Slip and fall accidents explained
Slip and fall injuries in Oklahoma often involve premises liability laws, which have to do with the rights and responsibilities of property owners to make sure public spaces on their property are free of hazardous or dangerous situations on their property.
In order to have a viable premises liability claim, one of the following criteria must be proven:
- Property or premises owner knew about hazardous condition and did nothing to fix it.
- Hazardous condition was highly visible and evident, and therefore, the property or premises owner should have known about it.
- Property or premises owner caused hazardous condition which resulted in your injury.
Hazardous conditions that can result in a slip and fall include:
- Liquids or substances that cause slippery conditions
- Cracks, holes and uneven floor or sidewalk surfaces
- Objects and debris on the floor or sidewalk
- Poor lighting
- Broken stairs or hand railings
- Icy conditions on stairs or sidewalk (only applies if the property or premises owner had enough time to remove it)
Common slip and fall injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Injuries to soft tissue and ligaments
- Bone fractures, including broken hip bones
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Cuts, bruises and contusions
- Death (in rare cases)
Who will pay my bills?
In general, the at-fault party should pay any bills associated with your injury. This includes all medical bills and expenses due to your injury, including replacement income during your recovery. The at-fault party can vary depending on the circumstances of your injury, including:
- The owner of the property or business where your injury took place.
- The insurance company for the business owner.
- The maintenance company if they are responsible for maintaining the property where your injury occurred.
Each case is different and often presents its own unique challenges. That’s why it’s critical that you have an experienced lawyer near you who can investigate your injury and demand the compensation you deserve.
Can I file a lawsuit?
You have the right to file a lawsuit in Oklahoma in most slip and fall injury cases. However, whether your lawsuit succeeds will likely depend on whether you have enough evidence to prove that the at-fault party was responsible for your injury.
You and your attorney will likely need evidence that:
- The property owner knew about a dangerous situation but failed to fix it.
- The hazardous situation existed on the property for a long period of time and the owner reasonably should have known about it.
In addition, you may want to consider filing a lawsuit if the at-fault party’s insurance company refuses to negotiate a reasonable settlement offer or denies your claim altogether. In such circumstances, filing a lawsuit may be the best way to obtain the financial compensation you need and deserve for your injury-related expenses.
Why you need an attorney on your side
That statute of limitations for a premises liability claim in Oklahoma is two years. That might seem like a long time. But the sooner you take action, the more likely you'll be able to build a strong claim. Your first course of action should be to document the time, date, location, address and business name where your injury happened. You should then take pictures of the conditions that caused your slip and fall accident.
Handling a premises liability claim can be painstaking and difficult. Property or premises owners often go to great lengths to deny any negligence on their part. Don't count on the negligent party's insurance company to compensate you for your losses. They'll often stop at nothing to reduce their own costs and often do so at your expense. They may attempt to pin the blame on you. And if they're generous enough, they may offer you a small settlement that barely covers the cost of your medical expense and lost wages.
That's not right. That's why you should seek the legal advocacy of an experienced Oklahoma City lawyer at Lawter & Associates, PLLC. We understand the claims process. We know the tricks insurance companies often use. We can fight to hold negligent property owners, and their insurance companies, accountable for your losses.
Your claim won't come with any hidden costs. You don't owe us any money unless we win. That's because we work on a contingency basis fee. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. You can also call our Oklahoma City office at 866-584-1027.
Lawter & Associates, PLLC
3313 N Classen Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73118