At McKinney, Tucker & Lemel LLC, we know how slip and falls can be serious, devastating accidents. Unfortunately, in many cases, they are preventable accidents as well. They often occur when property owners fail to fix or warn visitors about dangerous conditions on their premises.
If you recently suffered injury in a slip and fall while on someone else’s property, our experienced personal injury attorneys in Rock Hill can promptly and thoroughly investigate your case to determine whether the property owner’s negligence played a role. If so, we will fight for the compensation you deserve.
We take pride in the quality of our client service and the reputation we have established in the Rock Hill community for being trusted advisers and counselors in challenging times. We are ready to go to work for you today. Contact us now and get started with a free consultation.
- 1 What Are Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Rock Hill?
- 2 What Do You Have to Prove in a Slip and Fall Claim?
- 3 What Compensation is Available in Premises Liability Cases?
- 4 What are the Time Limits for Filing a Trip and Fall Claim in South Carolina?
- 5 Our Rock Hill Slip and Fall Attorneys Are Ready to Help You
What Are Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Rock Hill?
Slip and falls can happen wherever dangerous conditions exist, including on public and private property. Our attorneys often work with people who were hurt in slip and falls at businesses like stores or restaurants or who suffered falls while walking through lobbies or down the stairs in office buildings. Some of the most common causes of these accidents in Rock Hill are:
- Wet, slippery floors
- Poor, dim lighting
- Stray cords and wiring
- Torn or frayed carpeting
- Loose rugs
- Uneven walking surfaces
- Debris or other items
- Covered holes or objects
- Snow, ice or slush
When we investigate your slip and fall, we will work hard to determine the cause and to identify who should be held responsible for the injuries that you have suffered.
What Do You Have to Prove in a Slip and Fall Claim?
Not all slip and falls result in a personal injury claim. In order to recover damages, you must establish negligence on the part of the property owner and/or the party which controlled the property at the time of your slip and fall injury. To establish negligence, you must show:
- Duty – The property owner had an obligation to you to keep the property in a safe condition or warn you about any possible hazards that you could encounter.
- Breach – The owner failed to fulfill the duty of care owed to you. For instance, the owner failed to address or warn you about a dangerous condition which the owner created, knew about or – given the length of time it existed –reasonably should have known about.
- Causation – As a result of the property owner’s breach of the duty of care, you suffered harm such as a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, fracture or soft tissue injury.
- Damages – You suffered actual damage as the result of your slip and fall injuries such as medical bills or lost income.
It is important for you to know that the duty of care which a property owner owes to you will depend on your status as a visitor. This status may be a contested issue in a case. Under South Carolina law, visitors fall into three main categories:
- Invitees – Visitors who are on property with the owner’s express or implied invitation. Customers at grocery stores or “big box” retail stores such as Walmart are examples. Property owners owe invitees a duty to exercise reasonable care and to warn of any hidden dangers which the owner knows about or reasonably should know about.
- Licensees – Visitors who come onto the property with the owner’s consent but for their own purposes. Social guests generally are considered to be licensees. Owners have a duty to warn about any hidden dangers which the owner actually knows about.
- Trespassers – People who are on property without the owner’s permission. Property owners generally owe no duty of care to trespassers, but they must avoid willfully or intentionally harming them.
When they face slip and fall lawsuits, property owners often try to avoid liability by asserting that the hazard was an “open and obvious” one. Our attorneys at McKinney, Tucker & Lemel LLC, know the common strategies that property owners and their insurance companies employ in slip and fall cases, and we will be ready to protect your rights if the owner tries to use this defense.
What Compensation is Available in Premises Liability Cases?
Our lawyers know how devastating slip and fall accidents can be. A victim of a slip and fall may require extensive medical care. Due to the victim’s injuries, he or she may also be unable to work for a lengthy period of time or to return to work at all. For this reason, we work hard to pursue maximum compensation for Rock Hill slip and fall injury victims, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income due to a disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
If a slip and fall caused the loss of your loved one, we can pursue wrongful death damages, including funeral and burial expenses and the loss of your loved one’s support and services.
What are the Time Limits for Filing a Trip and Fall Claim in South Carolina?
In South Carolina, a statute of limitations applies to personal injury claims, including claims that arise from slip and falls. This limit is called the statute of limitations. Slip and fall accident victims generally have three years from the date of the accident to file their personal injury claims. If this time limit expires, you can lose the right to recover the compensation that you deserve. For this reason, you should not wait to consult with an experienced lawyer after a slip and fall.
Our Rock Hill Slip and Fall Attorneys Are Ready to Help You
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, the experienced personal injury lawyers at McKinney, Tucker & Lemel LLC, are here for you. We have deep roots in the Rock Hill community, and we are dedicated to protecting the rights of those who suffer injuries due to the negligence of others. To learn more about how we can help, call or reach us online today and receive a free consultation about your case.