In This Article:
- How We Can Help
- Where Do Slip And Fall Accidents Happen in Columbia
- 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
Columbia, South Carolina is the second-largest city in the state. With this honor comes lawsuits. Slip and fall lawsuits are filed every day in Lexington and Richland Counties as injuries and disputes arise in various premises and business settings.
You may be entitled to recover substantial compensation if your accident was caused by the property owner’s negligence.
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
If you are seriously injured on a commercial premises or other business location you will need a lawyer. We want to help you. This will be a long and difficult road to recovery but we know the ins and outs of a slip and fall case in South Carolina.
We have successfully negotiated 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. Most cases settle this way. We are fully prepared to fight for our clients’ rights before juries at trials to try to secure verdicts in their favor. In fact, since the South Carolina courts have reopened after the Covid pandemic, The Lovely Law Firm Trial 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 incurred
- Past income losses caused by your accident
- Future anticipated income losses
- Reduction in your ability to earn an income in the future (loss of earning capacity)
- Physical pain and suffering
- Reduction in your ability to enjoy life
- Mental anguish from the stress
- Loss of consortium for spouses of the victims
We also investigate whether or not we can pursue punitive damages in cases in which a defendant acted recklessly or wrongfully.
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 snow storms have passed through your neighborhood — 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 stairwell, 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:
- University of South Carolina
- Bars in downtown Columbia
- Restaurants near the mall
- Nightclubs in 5 points
- Hotels and restaurants like the Hilton in downtown Columbia
- Condos in Isle of Palms
- Retail stores like Sam’s Club, Walmart, Lowe’s Home Improvement
- Grocery stores like Lowe’s Foods, Kroger, Publix, The Fresh Market, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods Market
- Private homes in neighborhoods like West Columbia or Cayce
- Vacation rentals like AirBnb
- Public property whereby we pursue your claim against a government entity.
Columbia 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 in Columbia 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. Many of the experts we used are based in Columbia, SC, and can offer us a quick turnaround on your liability investigation.
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.
Hotels in Columbia are the location of many slip and trip cases. 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. If you are injured in a Columbia hotel this may be your cause.
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
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- 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
Why you need legal help
These cases are tough to win in Columbia, 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. We know what to do and when to do it to maximize your recovery.
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, to learn more about your claim, contact us today to request a free consultation.
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