Columbia Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
Our South Carolina Injury Lawyers Explain Premises Liability
The South Carolina injury attorneys at Proffitt & Cox, LLP represent clients who were injured in slip and fall accidents or trip and fall accidents that should have been prevented. If you suffered a serious accident and believe the premises owner may be at fault, contact our Columbia injury attorneys at (803) 834-7097 for a free consultation.
Slip and Fall Accidents and Premises Liability
The law categorizes slip and falls under the larger category of lawsuits known as premises liability. Clients that we represent in slip and fall cases generally have been injured in a retail store or other public building. Not every fall that occurs in a store subjects the store to liability, but many times the store owner can be held responsible for your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, permanent impairment, and other damages resulting from the accident.
When Stores Are Liable for Slip and Fall Injuries
The law generally holds store owners liable for slip and falls occurring on their premises when the store’s employees either created the dangerous situation, actually knew about the dangerous situation but failed to remedied it, or have constructive notice of the danger. Constructive notice means that the store owner should have known about the dangerous situation because of where the danger was located and how long long it had been present. Many stores and other public buildings are now equipped with video surveillance. These recordings can be extremely helpful evidence that helps establish how long a foreign substance has been present on the floor before a fall resulted. It is very important to have an attorney obtain this evidence before it is destroyed pursuant to store policies that generally require that video only be maintained for short period of time.
Other Types of Premises Liability Claims
In addition to slip and falls caused by foreign substances or wet floors, other dangerous conditions on property can also be a basis for a successful premises liability claim. Holes or trip hazards in floors or in parking lots, areas without proper lighting, and construction of stairs or other building features that fail to meet building code requirements for safety are other common grounds for premises liability claims. In some cases, property owners or operators can be held liable for a lack of security leading to criminal attacks or assaults committed by others.
Our Injury Attorneys Look Forward to Helping You with your Slip and Fall Claim
Our South Carolina injury lawyers look forward to assisting you with recovering all damages allowed by law if your slip and fall injury was caused by a negligent property owner. Contact our Columbia injury attorneys locally at (803) 834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533 for a free consultation. Our office is conveniently located just off Two Notch Road in Northeast Columbia, and we represent injury clients throughout South Carolina.