Often, personal injuries occur due to negligence by the responsible parties. Depending on the conditions under which you got injured, you can sue the following parties in a premises liability claim:
- Property owners and businesses who fail to maintain their property
- Pet owners, if the pet attacked and injured you
- Construction companies that fail to meet stipulated safety measures
Premises liability claims do not stop at individuals and companies. Corporations, businesses, non-profits, and even the government can be sued if they’re found to have neglected to keep their property safe for their visitors. Since the circumstances of each case are unique, the list of possibilities is endless. A premises liability lawyer in South Carolina should be able to examine your case and discern who you should sue for compensation for your injuries.
Types of Premises Liability Claims in South Carolina
A premises liability claim is a legal concept that holds property owners responsible if their negligence or wrongdoing leads to an injury or loss. All property owners in South Carolina are required by the law to keep their properties at a safe standard to protect visitors. If they fail to meet those standards and you get injured as a result, they should compensate you for any expenses incurred.
Such incidents that could arise from their negligence include:
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common premises liability cases. If you slipped and fell because there was debris on the floor, the floor was wet, or the stairs had uneven steps, among other reasons, you could seek compensation for your injuries from the property owner.
Parking Lot Assaults
In addition to eradicating hazards, property owners are obligated to provide security for visitors. If you were hurt in a parking lot or anywhere else on the premises, the property owner should have taken further security precautions, lighting the property or stationing security guards in places where assaults are likely to happen.
Dog bites could lead to serious injuries or illnesses, such as:
- Permanent scarring
- Infections, such as rabies
- Nerve damage
If the dog was unprovoked and attacked you or a loved one, the dog owner may be liable for damages.
Construction Site Accidents
Construction and road work sites should be marked to warn pedestrians of potential dangers. They should also be enclosed to eradicate hazards, such as falling bricks and uncovered holes. If workers fail to seal off the construction site and you get injured as a result, you may be able to sue the construction company for compensation.
Our Premises Liability Lawyers Can Help Hold Property Owners Liable
Most personal injury cases result from some sort of negligence. If they happen due to a property owner’s negligence, you could sue for damages. While you can complete this process yourself, hiring a premises liability lawyer can benefit you and take some of the weight off your shoulders.
Your attorney may:
- Collect evidence
- Speak to eyewitnesses
- Name the liable party
- Interact with the other party’s insurer and legal team
- Assess your damages
- Fight for an out-of-court settlement
- Go to trial, if necessary
Our attorneys will provide their aid on a contingency-fee basis*, so there won’t be any fees due unless and until they recover your damages.
How Can You Prove Negligence in a Premises Liability Case?
It is your right to seek compensation if you or a loved one sustains injuries due to a property owner’s negligence. However, for your claim to go through, you’ll need to prove a handful of things to the insurance company, court, judge, and/or jury, including:
- Proof that the defendant owns, occupies, manages, or leases the property, which establishes that they are responsible for maintaining it
- Proof that the defendant was negligent of maintenance and as such, the property posed a health risk
- Proof that the owner’s negligence caused injury
- Proof that you suffered non-economically and economically
As you can imagine, proving all that and following up with the litigation process can be challenging, especially if you are still recovering from an injury. That is where our South Carolina injury lawyers come into play. We can help you build your case on your behalf and work to ensure that you receive fair compensation.
Let George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers Handle Your Premises Liability Case
If you or a loved one suffered injuries while on someone else’s property, our attorneys can help you figure out who to sue in a premises liability claim in South Carolina.
Contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation and learn how we can help.