Premises Liability & Slip and Fall Lawyer
Most people don’t expect to suffer an injury when conducting their day-to-day business.
Going to the store, stopping by the post office, or even walking through a parking lot while picking up lunch seem safe enough.
But dangerous conditions exist on nearly all property
When a dangerous condition exists, one of the most common related consequences is a slip and fall accident.
At the Peace Law Firm, our South Carolina slip and fall and premises liability lawyers have been representing accidents victims for years, and understand how serious premises liability-related incidents can be.
If you got injured on another’s property, you may have a claim for damages. Reach out to our law firm today for a free consultation and information about how we can represent you.
Dangerous Conditions on Properties that Lead to Slip and Falls and Other Accident Types
There are various conditions on a property that can increase the risk of a slip and fall accident. Some of these conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Wet Surfaces;
- Spills of food, drink, or other substances;
- Broken stairs;
- Defective elevators or escalators;
- Uneven walking surfaces;
- Cracked or broken sidewalk;
- Torn carpet;
- Objects in walkways; and
- Other incidents.
While the above conditions can cause slip and falls, a slip and fall is not the only accident or injury that a person may suffer on a property. Other conditions that can lead to accidents include:
- Negligent security, such as a lack of proper lighting, locked doors, security guards, fencing, and other security precautions;
- Pools, bodies of water, and other attractive nuisances;
- Dangerous and vicious dogs; and
- Obviously hazardous conditions, such as certain machinery, unprotected ledges, etc.
Injuries from Dangerous Conditions on a Property
A slip and fall is just one accident type that happens as a result of a dangerous condition on
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Spinal cord injury;
- Soft tissue injury;
- Internal injury;
- Bone fracture injury;
- Laceration or bruise injury; and
- Back or neck injury.
In addition to the above injury types, the other dangerous conditions listed above can lead to accidents such as:
- Fall from height;
- Dog bite or animal attack;
- Assault or sexual assault; and more.
These accidents can have various physical and psychological effects on a victim; in the most severe of cases, a slip and fall or other dangerous premises-related accident can be fatal
Who’s Responsible for Injuries that Occur on Someone Else’s Property?
When an accident on the property of another occurs and a victim suffers costly injuries and damages, they deserve financial compensation. If the accident would not have occurred but for the negligence of the owner of the property where the accident took place, then the property owner may be liable for damages.
A property owner acts negligently when they fail to exercise the duty of care owed to someone who enters the property. The duty of care is different depending upon the status of the property visitor, but in most cases, the property owner is responsible for:
- Ensuring that their property is free from any hazards; and
- Remedying any known hazards within a reasonable amount of time.
Following an injury on another’s property, the victim may bring forth a claim for damages against the property owner if they can prove that:
- The property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition;
- The property owner failed to remedy the condition within a reasonable amount of time; and
- The dangerous condition was the proximate cause of accident and injuries.
What About Trespassers?
As stated above, the duty of care owed by a property owner is different for different classes of visitors. The duty of care described above--to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition--only applies to those who enter a property as invitees or licenses; in other words, those who enter a property lawfully. This means that a property owner owes no duty of care to a trespasser, except to refrain from causing the trespasser willful or wanton harm.
There is also a separate duty owed to child trespassers. Property owners must assume that certain elements of and items on a property may be attractive to children. They must recognize that these elements/items may be dangerous. This is the attractive nuisance doctrine.
For example, a reasonable person may assume that a trampoline or a pool would be attractive to a child. Therefore, because children do not have the ability to reason and perceive risks as do adults, a property owner may be liable for an injury to a child suffered on their property if an attractive nuisance existed on that property and the property owner did not take reasonable steps to prevent the child (children) from entering the property.
Our Lawyers Will Build Your Case from Start to Finish
Whether you have suffered a slip and fall on another’s property or have suffered another accident and injury as a result of a dangerous condition, our lawyers will work hard to build your case from start to finish.
John Peace has experience with premises liability in South Carolina and he knows how to get results. Our services include:
- Investigating your case;
- Gather evidence of property owner negligence;
- Talking to witnesses, working with experts, and building your case;
- Presenting your case to an insurance adjuster;
- Determining the value of your claim;
- Negotiating your claim; and
- Fighting for your right to compensation in court if need be.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Now
Our slip and fall and premises liability lawyers at the law office of the Peace Law Firm are waiting for your call. To start the process of building your case and improving your future, please call us today or send us a message requesting a free case consultation. We are here to work for you.