Premises Liability Lawsuits
“Help! I’ve been injured on someone else’s property!” You’re not alone. The South Carolina Premises Liability Lawyers have represented dozens of clients who have found themselves hurt on someone else’s property, like yourself. Whether it was a slip and fall or a more complex scenario like…
- Accidents occurring in grocery stores
- Retail store accidents
- Elevator accidents
- Accidents occurring on unsafe fast-food playgrounds
- Swimming pool accidents
- Accidents and injuries caused by negligent security
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Government property accidents
…we represent them all as South Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys. We want you to focus on healing and not have to worry with the often difficult insurance companies and legal issues. We want to help you recover monetary damages from the property owner(s) to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and emotional and physical pain and suffering, regardless of the location (public, commercial, or private property).
Basics Behind Premises Liability Suits
To determine how much money/care is owed to the injured party depends on whether said party was a:
- Trespasser – a person who is not invited onto the premises (implied or expressed), and is not doing anything for the owner of the property. More than likely, if an owner is unaware of the trespasser, they have no duty to warn the intruder of any danger or to make their property safe for said trespasser. If the owner of the property is aware that there is a trespasser on the property, they may be required to warn or otherwise take care to warn of safety issues.
- Licensee – a person who is invited (implied or expressed) on the property for some purpose other than business or commercial performance. For example, if you were on the property for a Tacky Christmas Sweater Party, you’d be considered a licensee not an invitee.
- The property owner is usually liable for physical harm to a licensee if the owner is aware of danger, as they had the responsibility to warn of unreasonable risk of harm and failed to take proper measures to fortify the property or, at the least, warn of danger.
- If this type of case involves a business, it is usually very tricky and complex due to insurance rules. Some companies are covered by many different policies, so understanding each policy and it’s impact on other policies is absolutely crucial before you can make a claim. If it is a home or property owner, it may, generally, be a little more straightforward because (as many are unaware) most HOI policies cover medical bills regardless of fault. This means you may only have to prove you were on the property that is covered with the policy. It, then, wouldn’t be necessary to prove the homeowner or property owner is at fault.
- Business invitee – a person who is on the premises for direct or indirect commercial benefit to the property owner. This person did not simply pass through the property to get to the next street or to get out of the rain. This aspect is crucial to a premises liability suit, because if anyone enters into a retail store or restaurant that allows for browsing or window shopping, they are considered to be a business invitee until proven otherwise. The property owner has the responsibility to warn or protect any invitee from risks of harm from any condition on the property
I Was Hurt At My Friend’s House–My Medical Bills Are Piling Up, But I Don’t Want To Put Them In The Poorhouse!
We understand your concerns, but please be aware that if you were injured at a neighbor’s house or on a friend’s property you are not suing them. This won’t result in them being destitute. You’re dealing with their insurance companies–not the actual homeowner. To be clear: the claims will be paid off by the insurance companies NOT your friend or neighbor.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured on someone else’s property, please do not wait to contact a Premises Liability Attorney who can help to recover monetary damages that you are owed for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and/or medical bills.