Property owners are responsible for keeping the premises safe and free from dangerous conditions that could cause injury to a person who enters. When they fail to comply with this legal obligation, a victim can suffer serious injury due to hazards present on the property. If you’re a victim, you may incur significant losses as a result of your injuries, including medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Under South Carolina premises liability law, you do have rights if you suffer injuries due to a property owner’s negligence. At Walker Morgan, our lawyers have decades of experience fighting for victims and helping them recover compensation for their losses.
Dedicated Attorneys Helping Victims Hurt Due to Dangerous Property Conditions
Like many types of personal injury matters, premises liability cases are based upon negligence. Therefore, it’s necessary to prove:
- The property owner had a duty to keep the property safe;
- The responsible party breached this duty;
- The victim suffered injuries due to the breach of duty; and,
- The victim sustained losses as a result of the breach.
Breach of the duty of care may be established in different ways, such as:
- The property owner caused the hazardous condition which caused an injury to the victim;
- The owner of the premises knew about the dangers present on the property and failed to eliminate or warn those who might enter;
- The property owner should have known about the hazard through proper inspection, and should have taken action to repair or eliminate the danger.
Common Types of Premises Liability Cases
At Walker Morgan, our lawyers represent victims in all types of premises liability cases, including:
- Slip and fall accidents which occur due to slippery floors or debris;
- Dog bites and animal attacks;
- Negligent security, such as where a property owner allows criminal or reckless activity;
- Apartment accidents and fires, such as where burn injuries are caused by carelessness of the owner, landlord, or property manager;
- Bar and restaurant incidents, including dram shop liability for accidents caused by a patron who was overserved;
- Escalator, elevator, and stairway accidents;
- Retail, grocery, and big box store incidents; and,
- Many other premises liability matters.
As with other personal injury cases, time is a very important factor in premises liability matters. In South Carolina, the statute of limitations allows three years from the date of the incident to file a claim for compensation. If you fail to file a lawsuit within this timeframe, you are forever barred from doing so.
Contact a South Carolina Premises Liability Lawyer Today
If you’ve suffered injuries due to the hazardous conditions present on someone else’s property, it’s critical to retain an experienced attorney right away. Unless you have a legal background, you’re at a disadvantage when up against the property owner and insurance company. The lawyers at Walker Morgan have the knowledge and dedication to ensure you get the compensation you deserve in a premises liability case. Please visit our website or call our Lexington, SC office to set up a free consultation.