Thousands are injured every year in accidents that occur in homes or businesses. While some of these accidents are unavoidable, others are caused when the property owner or manager fails to keep their property safe. If you were injured due to the failure of a South Carolina property owner to maintain their property in a reasonably safe manner, you may have the right to compensation for your injuries. A Columbia, SC premises liability lawyer can help you recover from an incident that wasn’t your fault.
Legal claims involving accidents that occur on another homeowner’s or business owner’s property belong to an area of law called premises liability. South Carolina premises liability laws state that all property owners are legally responsible to fully maintain their properties and keep them safe for visitors. When a property owner is negligent and fails to follow this responsibility, they may be able to be sued if someone is hurt.
At Solomon Law Group, we believe in obtaining justice for injured victims. Filing a lawsuit can help ensure a guilty property owner understands the importance of premises liability laws so no one else can become hurt in the future. We can help you navigate the complex process of filing a premises negligence lawsuit and assist you in getting the funds you need to make a full and complete recovery.
Types of Premises Liability Claims We Handle
There are many different types of premises liability lawsuits the injury attorneys at Solomon Law Group handle. These cases include but are not limited to:
Slip and Fall Accidents
Falling accidents, often referred to as slip and fall accidents, are the number one type of premises liability injury we see. When a homeowner or business owner fails to clean up spills or fails to properly maintain walkways, stairways, or flooring, injuries can quickly occur when a customer or visitor trips and falls or slips and falls.
Premises Liability Claims Involving Criminal Acts
We assume that business owners have taken steps to ensure we are relatively safe while on their properties. Many times, we do not know the history of any criminal acts on the property and are not warned of any dangerous activity that may cause us or our families harm. Unfortunately, many business owners are more concerned about profits than our safety.
Businesses have a duty to keep patrons and other visitors safe. If you were a victim of a criminal act at a store, hotel, restaurant, or other public establishment and feel that the act occurred due to negligent security measures or poor management, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the business owner. Doing so helps guarantee the safety of future patrons.
Premises Liability Claims Involving Inadequate Security
Businesses have a duty to implement adequate security measures—including the use of security cameras and hiring security personnel if required—to ensure the safety of guests and customers. If you’ve suffered from injuries that resulted due to failed security measures or untrained security officers, you may be able to file a negligent security claim against the owner.
Childhood injuries are common, but when a child is injured due to faulty playground equipment, poorly-maintained amusement park structures, or a property owner’s negligence, you deserve peace of mind. By filing a lawsuit against the guilty individual or company that allowed your child to become hurt, your family can begin the process of moving forward.
All pet owners have a duty to keep their animals from harming others. If you were bit or otherwise injured by someone’s else’s dog that was not properly restrained or leashed, you may be able to sue the dog owner. Doing so will ensure that animal harms no one else again.
All property owners—including homeowners and store owners—have a responsibility to ensure falling debris does not injure visitors. Homeowners must keep their yards and structures well-maintained and landscaped. Poorly-maintained trees, for example, can pose a danger during and after winter storms. Items in grocery stores must be properly stacked and not stacked so high that they may fall and harm customers.
Swimming Pool Accidents
Swimming pool owners have a responsibility to ensure small children cannot access their swimming pool while wandering about unattended. Shallow areas must be properly marked so no one tries to dive in those areas. Pools must also always be properly maintained and cleaned so visitors do not become sick after swimming or do not slip on the nearby pavement.
The federal, state, and county governments have a legal obligation to design, construct, and maintain safe roadways for use by the traveling public. If poor road design, construction, or maintenance causes an injury accident or wrongful death, the government may be required to compensate the injured party or the survivors of a person killed in the accident.
To determine negligence, the roadway and details of the accident must be evaluated by a team of engineers with the expertise to evaluate the roadway, design, maintenance, traffic, and environmental conditions which may have contributed to the accident.
Common Areas Where Premises Liability Accidents Happen
Injuries resulting from a property owner’s negligence can happen anywhere. Here are some of the most common locations where these accidents often occur:
- Someone else’s privately-owned house or yard
- Commercial property
- Rental property
- City parks
- School playgrounds
- Construction sites
- Parking lots
- Hotels, resorts, and casinos
- Grocery stores
- Business lobbies or hallways
- Streets or roadways
- Anywhere with poor lighting
- Sidewalks (private or public)
- Surfaces covered with snow, ice, or water from rain
- Stairs, steps, or porches
- Public venues such as concert halls, movie theaters, and restaurants
- Apartment complexes
Property owners are responsible for not only fixing hazards that exist on their properties, but for regularly inspecting their properties to see if hazards exist. If you were injured while carrying mail to a homeowner’s front door, for example, and an overgrown tree fell and caused serious injuries, that homeowner cannot claim they did not know the tree was falling apart. Part of their job as a homeowner is to regularly maintain trees and have an idea of how safe their property is.
How Can a Columbia, SC Premises Liability Lawyer Help Me?
The South Carolina premises liability attorneys at the Solomon Law Group seek to hold property owners accountable for allowing unsafe conditions to exist and cause harm to innocent people. Premises liability claims can be incredibly complex in South Carolina, but we understand how these claims work and have access to accident recreation experts that can testify on your behalf and prove that negligence caused your accident.
Filing a premises liability claim may let your family receive compensation that can go towards medical bills, other recovery costs, loss of wage costs, pain and suffering costs, and more. We can help ensure homeowners and business owners alike understand how vital it is to keep their properties safe. Get in touch with our Columbia office to learn how.