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When Is a Slip and Fall Accident Grounds for a Lawsuit?

Published on Nov 13, 2020 at 10:26 am in Slip and Fall Accidents.

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When you are welcomed onto someone else’s property, you expect it to be reasonably safe, and if it’s not, you would expect to be warned about any dangers that you should avoid. When the property is unsafe and leads to you having a slip and fall accident that injures you, then you probably will want to file a lawsuit against the property owner.

Depending on the situation, you might not be eligible to file a claim against the property owner for your slip and fall accident. An experienced Columbia, SC slip and fall lawyer from Solomon Law Group will investigate the situation to determine if your accident was grounds for a lawsuit. We’ll support you through your claim and hold the property owner or manager liable for your injury.

South Carolina Premises Liability Law

As with many states, South Carolina requires property owners to maintain a safe premises so that visitors and invitees are not put in danger when they are on the property. In general, property owners owe a duty of care to the people visiting their property, or people who are invited on the premises.

If you are legally on the premises and a spill, ice, or another slippery surface that should have been taken care of causes you to slip and fall and leads to an injury, then you could have a lawsuit against the property owner who didn’t properly maintain the area. Falls can cause serious injuries, and account for over 8 million hospital visits, which is why it’s important to know when your fall is grounds for a lawsuit.

As an invitee, licensee, or child, you have the right to be on the property and are owed a duty of care that keeps you from dangers that could cause injury. Whether you’re at someone’s home, a business, or a park, these are all locations where the property owner or property manager is responsible for knowing potential dangers on their property and protecting you from them.

The best way to know if you have grounds for a lawsuit is to talk to a Columbia slip and fall accident lawyer from Solomon Law Group. Our experienced attorneys will fully examine your situation and be able to determine if legal action is possible for you.

Recreational Property Use

It is important to note, however, that in South Carolina, premises liability law states that property owners are not responsible for the safety of any person who has obtained their permission to be on their property for recreational purposes. They do not owe the visitors a duty of care, nor do they have to alert the visitors with permission of any dangerous areas or structures on their property.

The only time that you could potentially file a lawsuit against a property owner for a slip and fall accident you had on their property when you were there for recreational use is if gross negligence was involved. Gross negligence is more than just not paying attention, it is recklessly disregarding the safety of the people on your property that leads to their injury.

If that is the case, then you could have a claim against the property owner when otherwise you might not when you’re on the property for recreational use.

Solomon Law Group Will Represent You in Your Slip and Fall Claim

When you’ve suffered an injury from a slip and fall accident, it can be difficult to find the energy to file a lawsuit against the property owner who caused your fall. At Solomon Law Group, we understand how hard it can be to focus on healing from your injuries while pursuing legal action. It can also be intimidating if the property owner was your friend.

Our slip and fall accident lawyer has experience handling these claims, and will be able to expertly guide you through the legal process while also ensuring you feel comfortable every step of the way. With our help, you’ll be able to feel confident in your case. Reach out to us today so that we can get started on your claim today.

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