As ice coated Oklahoma City in February 2023, around 37 people suffered slip and fall accidents across the city—including a local police officer. Around 30 of those incidents required emergency medical transportation. Fall injuries can cause significant damage to the injured party, including broken bones, head injuries, and more.
Exercising caution, especially in icy conditions, can go a long way toward decreasing the risk of a fall. Learning how to fall properly and how to brace yourself, including how to avoid landing with an outstretched hand that could break your wrist or fingers, can also make a difference. If you do suffer injuries in a slip and fall, however, you may have the option to pursue compensation from the liable party.
You will need to establish liability for your slip and fall accident in order to file a claim against the party that caused your accident. That may mean working with a lawyer to look at several critical factors.
In order to determine liability for a slip and fall accident in a parking lot, you may first need to take a look at what likely led to the slip and fall. Several factors can contribute to the risk of a slip and fall in a parking lot, including:
In order to establish liability for your slip and fall, you may need to show that the liable party committed an act of negligence that led to your accident. For example, you might show that the property owner failed to properly maintain the parking lot, leading to dangerous cracks that caused your accident; or, you might show that the business responsible for the parking lot failed to take care of cleanup in a timely manner.
When you suffer a slip and fall in a parking lot, you may need to take a careful look at who owns the parking lot. Sometimes, multiple businesses share a single parking lot. Often, that parking lot belongs to a larger company that rents out space to those businesses, which means that the larger company may actually bear responsibility for the parking lot itself. A lawyer can help you take a closer look at who likely owns the parking lot and what you might need to do about it.
The contract that governs use of the parking lot space may also provide insight into who bears responsibility for maintaining the parking lot. In the case of common hazards in the parking lot, including debris or shopping carts, the business that operates in the area may bear liability for removing those items and keeping them from posing a hazard to visitors. On the other hand, responsibility for larger-scale damage, like potholes, may rest with the company that actually owns the lot.
When it comes to snow and ice, upkeep can prove tricky. Often, the contract between the owner and the party using the parking lot will lay out who bears responsibility for clearing away snow and making sure that the area remains safe for visitors. A lawyer may need to look over the contract and get more information about how to manage those bites.
A parking lot accident can cause severe injuries. Broken bones in the hands and arms, a broken hip in the elderly, or even head trauma if you hit your head when you fall can all result from a simple trip in a parking lot. That can mean considerable expenses, from ongoing medical costs to lost income due to inability to work after your injuries. Pursuing an injury claim can provide you with compensation for those damages and make it easier for you to cover the cost of your bills.
However, an injury claim can prove complicated. Make sure you take the right steps to protect yourself after a slip and fall.
By taking these steps, you can protect yourself after a parking lot fall and increase your ability to recover compensation.
If you have suffered an injury in a slip and fall, contact us or call us at 918-359-6600 today for a free consultation.