Negligence occurs when a person (“defendant”) does something wrong and injures another person (“plaintiff”). Medical malpractice is a common type of negligence. Medical malpractice, in South Carolina, occurs when a medical professional, such as a doctor, fails to exercise the degree of care and skill that a similar medical professional would use under similar circumstances. Medical malpractice may also occur when medical standards are not followed. Unfortunately, medical malpractice cases happen quite often here in South Carolina. As discussed below, you should hire an experienced medical malpractice attorney if a physician has injured you or someone you love.
Thousands of people each year in South Carolina are injured on the property of others. If a person slips and falls on a floor, a flight of stairs or a rough patch of ground due to the negligence of the property owner, the owner may be liable for the injury. Homeowners and business owners have a duty to keep their property safe and correct issues that may cause injury to people on their property. For example, if a storeowner has knowledge that the floor is slippery, he or she has a duty to warn customers. Similarly, a storeowner must take proper steps to ensure that merchandise displays are not dangerous to the customers. Also, a property owner may be liable for injuries resulting from a damaged stair design, defective safety railing or unsafe sidewalk conditions.
The winter months in the Mid-Atlantic area, including South Carolina, bring a number of different issues to the state, including the onset of a number of semi-trucks and vehicles, that fail to remove ice and snow accumulation. In fact, many states throughout the U.S., including South Carolina, are actively seeking to implement “ice-missile” legislation, by which to impose fines, fees, and other penalties to both truck and vehicle drivers for failing to adequately remove accumulated ice and snow. Such “ice-missile” legislation typically sets forth that drivers “shall remove any accumulated ice or snow from such motor vehicle, including the hood, trunk and roof of such motor vehicle, so that any ice or snow accumulated on such vehicle does not pose a threat to persons or property while the vehicle is being operated on any street or highway of this state.” In other words, such “ice-missile” legislation makes it mandatory, as a requisite to drive any automobile, to remove ice or snow, that make pose some health, safety, or other public risk to other drivers.
With winter around the corner, the expectation is that South Carolina residents will shortly have to dust off their snow shovels, ensure they have an adequate supply of sidewalk salt, and otherwise prepare themselves for a potentially harsh winter where homeowners will have to keep their sidewalks clear. Such issues were part of recent contention in Charlotte, North Carolina, where a few years ago the entire city was blanketed with snow and ice, and where the City of Charlotte, along with the State Department of Transportation, advised residents that it was the property owners’ responsibility to clear their own sidewalks and not that of the government agencies. Some jurisdictions have determined that the failure by homeowners to adequately clear their sidewalks from snow and ice is such a significant public policy issue and will face a ticket along with fines and other fees. What prompted such a decision was in part the fact that there was an increased onset of hip, spine, and even serious head injuries from such slip and falls. Additionally, such cities have determined that there are various safety issues involved in such failure to clear sidewalks, where innocent pedestrians should not have to be put in a position where they are navigating the hazards of ice, snow, and other slippery sidewalks.
A house fire is a tragic event for any family in South Carolina. House fires often lead to catastrophic damage to the home, and may even cause devastating injuries or even death. Sadly, some homes lack proper fire safety features that normally help limit the spread of flames and resulting damage; in the absence of these fire safety features the fire can quickly get out of control. One such fire safety feature is a firestop, a device that homes should have to ensure the safety of the residents within.
Sit. Stay. Down. Good boy. These are common phrases most people speak to their furry, loveable pet dogs as they alternate between sleeping, eating, and pooping. While most domesticated dogs are well trained and pose no foreseeable threat to any human, there are a few bad seeds that just can’t keep their fangs to themselves. Dog bites can cause serious physical and emotional injuries to their victims. However, it’s the dog’s owner that will unfortunately be liable to compensate the victim for his or her injuries. A skilled Columbia dog bite attorney can help these victims in the recovery process.