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Oklahomans, like many Americans, will pack shopping malls this holiday season as they buy gifts for their loved ones. But shoppers have more company than just other shoppers. Thieves and other criminals take as much advantage of unsuspecting crowds of shoppers as they can. Because shopping malls can face liability if they fail to keep shoppers safe, they must be mindful of safety practices that can help protect shoppers.

Beef up security. As the numbers of shoppers increase, so should the number of mall security personnel who look after shoppers and patrol a mall’s interior and exterior. Mall managers can also add security escorts who look after shoppers as they leave the mall and head to their vehicles, especially at night. Additional help from local police officers may also be available.

Increase the number of eyes and light up the scene. Adding closed-circuit television cameras can help monitor the most problematic areas of the mall, especially parking lots. Additional lighting can also help prevent criminal activity. Criminals avoid well-lit areas because it makes them easier to identify.

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Oklahoma business establishments are required by law to keep Oklahomans safe whenever they are within their premises. Otherwise, when an accident happens and an Oklahoman is injured, the victim can hold the establishment liable through a premises liability lawsuit. While that may seem like an easy recourse for a victim, the legal action can be complex. For this reason, our Tulsa-based law firm is willing to lend its expertise to victims.

Most people may think that premises liability injuries are mere bumps and bruises from slips and falls. However, a victim can also suffer a catastrophic injury. Head trauma and spinal damage are not uncommon in such injuries. So are burns and other disfiguring injuries. Our law firm has extensive experience and knowledge in handling such cases. Our firm is perceived as an advocate for victims of catastrophic injuries. We make it our mission to seek the best possible outcome for victims.

In this sort of situation, victims will need sufficient compensation for treatment and other miscellaneous expenses. Some defendants and their insurance companies will move heaven and earth to make sure that money damages are held to a minimum, hence, compromising the needs of the victim. Our lawyers will use their skill and experience to make sure that does not happen to our clients. Whether the case ends in a settlement or a verdict, we make sure that victims are not shortchanged.

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In July, the Oklahoma Supreme Court decided a premises liability case that dealt with open and obvious dangers. In general, a property owner is not liable if the danger is easily spotted.

The Mercedes-Benz dealer in Oklahoma City hosted a catered event. A woman working the event had to cross grass and a sidewalk coated in ice. Precipitation was not the cause and the roads were not slick. The dealer’s sprinkler system had been activated overnight while the temperature was below the freezing point causing the ice. Even while walking carefully down an incline, the woman slipped, fell onto her back and suffered injuries.

When she told a dealership employee about the accident, the employee said, “[y]eah, I should have [put salt down] when I got here.”