In This Article:
- How We Can Help
- Where Do Slip And Fall Accidents Happen in Charleston
- Why do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen
- Injuries Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents
- Why You Need Legal Help for a Slip and Fall Accident
- Find Our Location in Charleston/Goose Creek, SC
Charleston, South Carolina, and the surrounding cities experience a huge influx of tourism each year. These people and locals alike are at risk for slip and fall accident injuries on the different premises in the city.
You may be entitled to recover substantial compensation if your accident was caused by the property owner’s negligence. The experienced slip and fall attorneys at The Lovely Law Firm understand how to investigate premises liability claims and have successfully fought for our clients for years. We are prepared to represent you in your slip-and-fall accident case. Our Charleston area cases are handled out of our Goose Creek office in the beautiful I’On neighborhood.
Through a combination of our legal skills, dedication, and willingness to work hard, we have established ourselves as highly successful attorneys while building a strong reputation within the legal community. Attorney Justin M. Lovely has received a rating of 10 out of 10 on Avvo for client satisfaction. Lawyer Amy Lawrence has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers, which named her to its Top 40 under 40 and Top 100 Trial Lawyers list for South Carolina. When you choose us, you will receive competent, skilled, and compassionate legal representation from your lawyer and our legal staff.
What The Lovely Law Firm Can Do for You
We are a family and treat you the same when you become a client. When we receive a case, we start working immediately to investigate what happened, find witnesses, and collect evidence that might otherwise be lost. We work with investigators and a variety of different types of experts to provide us with a solid understanding of all of the factors that contributed to our clients’ accidents so that we can present the strongest possible liability cases to insurance companies, juries, and judges.
Our careful and thorough approach to every case we receive has helped us to successfully negotiate numerous large settlements for our clients. Insurance companies know who we are and frequently agree to settle our clients’ claims fairly instead of risking losing at trial. In the rare instances when an insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, we are fully prepared to fight for our client’s rights before juries at trials to try to secure verdicts in their favor. In fact, since the courts have reopened for Covid, The Lovely Law Firm Trail team is 4-0 in cases argued before a jury. ( as of June 25, 2021)
We cannot make you any guarantees about your case value, but we can guarantee you 5 – star customer service during your experience as our client. Our goal is to help you to recover all of the compensation to which you should be entitled. Some examples of damages that might be available in a slip-and-fall accident case include the following types:
- Past medical bills related to your slip and fall injuries
- Future expected medical costs related to your slip and fall injuries
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy costs
- Past income losses caused by your accident
- Future anticipated income losses
- Reduction in your ability to earn an income in the future
- Physical pain and suffering
- Reduction in your ability to enjoy life
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium for spouses of the victims
The damages that might be recoverable in your case will depend on the facts and circumstances of what happened. In cases in which a defendant acted recklessly or wrongfully, punitive damages may also be awarded.
Where can slip-and-fall accidents happen?
Slip-and-fall accidents are a common cause of injury and wrongful death. People can fall because the property owner or operator failed to remove hazardous conditions that they knew about, such as spilled liquids on floor surfaces, slippery tile floors in public places like malls and stores, ice not cleared from sidewalks after snowstorms have passed through your neighborhood (Yes, even in Charleston – we had over 5″ of snow in 2018!) There’s no shortage of reasons why someone might slip up! When these dangerous situations exist with little notice at all for anyone who may be injured by them (such as younger children), then you’re likely eligible for compensation if it occurs due to negligence. Slip-and-falls involve injuries from slips/trips; falls caused by uneven ground surface(s); trips over items left on walkways or stairwells, we can literally go on and on about the different injuries that can happen on a piece of property
Slips, trips, and falls caused by negligence can happen in a broad variety of places in Charleston, including all of the following commercial settings:
- MUSC hospital
- Bars in downtown Charleston and Goose Creek
- Hotels and restaurants in Charleston, Goose Creek, and Isle of Palms
- Historic Charleston City Market
- Condos in Isle of Palms
- Retail stores like Sam’s Club, Walmart, Lowe’s Home Improvement
- Grocery stores like Food Lion, Lidl, Harris Teeter
- Private homes
- AirBnB, Vrbo/HomeAway rentals
- Public property
Premises liability is the duty owed by businesses and individuals to others who are lawfully present on their properties. Businesses have a legal responsibility to care for customers, guests, or people visiting for business reasons from injuries caused by dangerous conditions on their property if they know about them but failed to fix it themselves or warn others.
Why slip-and-fall accidents happen
Simply put, Slip-and-fall accidents happen when property owners fail to properly maintain their property or to warn guests of potential hazards so that they can avoid them. When a property owner fails to reasonably inspect the premises and to correct any dangerous conditions they might discover in a reasonable time, they can be liable to people who are injured by them in fall accidents. Some of the common ways that an injury can occur are detailed below.
Building Code Violations
Some commercial premises simply were not built up to code. This will allow us to pursue a negligence per se cause of action for the violation of the building code. It is imperative that we get our experts working on your case facts as soon as practical so that we can get this expert opinion.
The classic case involves slick floor surfaces. Floors that are wet and slippery are to blame for many slip-and-fall accidents. Ice or water tracked indoors from outside or spills that are not promptly cleaned up can cause floors to become slippery. Businesses should promptly clean up spills and water tracked in from outside and place prominent warning signs in the area to prevent people from slipping and falling. Floors that are constantly waxed can also become slick and dangerous in places in which cleanliness is critical, including hospitals.
Poorly maintained pavement
Large potholes in their lots, broken asphalt on their sidewalks, and other dangerous conditions in their parking lots and walkways can result in slip and fall lawsuits from injuries at businesses
Debris and clutter
Aisles and walkways need to be free of clutter and debris that could pose a tripping hazard to visitors. Some accidents happen when businesses leave boxes, merchandise, ladders, trash, materials, or equipment on the floors, forcing customers to try to navigate around them.
Damaged floors can pose a real hazard to visitors. People can fall over loose flooring or tiles, torn carpets, cracks in floors, and uneven floors. People might also trip over rugs that have bunched up or are not securely in place.
Property owners with staircases in their homes or businesses can also be liable when people fall because of damage, including loose or broken handrails, worn or missing stairs, slippery stair surfaces, or debris in the stairwell. We see this a lot on condo or hotel cases or even older beach homes. These types of conditions can cause dangerous falls. Staircases can become especially dangerous when they are located outdoors and are slippery because of rain or poor lighting.
Inadequate lighting can be a real danger to people in parking lots, hallways, and staircases. When the lighting is poor, it can make it difficult for visitors to see dangerous conditions such as torn carpeting, potholes, or collected water.
Different types of injuries that can be sustained in slip-and-fall accidents
Many types of injuries can happen when people slip or trip and fall. Some of the common injuries that happen in falls include the following types:
- Head injuries from slipping or tripping
- Traumatic brain injuries or other concussive syndromes
- Neck and facial injuries
- Hip fractures in the elderly
- Leg, arm, and wrist fractures (ankle injuries are common)
- Knee injuries from twisting of the knee ligaments
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Our Location in Charleston/Goose Creek, SC
The Lovely Law Firm Injury Lawyers
597 Old Mt Holly Rd 301
Goose Creek, SC 29445
Why you need legal help
These cases are tough to win in South Carolina. The notice requirement that our SC courts have placed on the plaintiff makes these cases more difficult to prove than your average negligence case. Each case often requires an expert opinion to survive summary judgment. Even when you think that a property owner’s liability for your accident and injuries is clear, you should seek legal help from an experienced attorney. Insurance companies use a variety of tactics to try to avoid paying claims.
Working with us places you on even footing with the insurance company. We know the different types of tactics that insurance companies use and how to combat them. They will try to deny, devalue and delay, we will fight for you! To learn more about your claim, contact us today to request a free consultation.
What Our Clients Have To Say On Google
The Lovely Law Firm was very professional and responsive to my case and very knowledgeable about how to handle and take care of my case!! I highly recommend anyone needing a lawyer to please give them a call first! You won’t be disappointed in their services!! I’m am so very happy and pleased to have them as my attorney’s!