Premises Liability Lawyer in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach is a residential and vacation community that hosts thousands of visitors every year. With so many restaurants, hotels, and popular tourist destinations, inevitably, injuries will sometimes occur at a business or on another party’s property.
Premises liability laws help victims recover compensation for personal injuries suffered due to negligent or dangerous property conditions. If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident on another person’s commercial or residential property, they may be liable for your medical bills and other damages.
Our premises liability lawyers in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina can protect your rights and help you fight for a fair settlement or verdict. We assist with premises liability cases involving, but not limited, to:
- Slip and falls
- Dog bite injuries
- Swimming pool and drowning accidents
- Fire and burn injuries
- Injuries related to negligent security
Who Is Liable for a Premises Liability Injury?
Property owners or those in possession of a property (i.e., a renter or lessee) must keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This means ensuring the property receives regular and necessary maintenance and is free from undue hazards or dangers. When injuries arise from a property owner’s negligence, those harmed can seek compensation for their related losses. For example, you may have a premises liability case if:
- You suffered injuries in an apartment or hotel fire
- You were the victim of an assault at a bar or nightclub
- You sustained injuries during a slip and fall at a private residence
Our attorneys can investigate your accident and determine who was in control of the property and responsible for the negligent condition that caused your injury. Then, we will fight to hold them liable for your losses.
For a free legal consultation with a premises liability lawyer serving Myrtle Beach, call 803-222-2222
What Is the Difference Between an Invitee, Licensee, and Trespasser?
Though property owners have an obligation to maintain their premises, they do not owe the same duty of care to everyone. Therefore, your status on the property at the time of your accident can affect your right to compensation. The three statuses assigned to individuals on another person’s property are:
- Invitee – An invitee is someone on a property at the expressed or implied invitation of the property owner. Property owners owe invitees the highest duty of care.
- Licensees – These individuals have the property owner’s consent to be on the premises for business or other reasons. Property owners owe licensees a duty of care, but to a lesser degree than invitees.
- Trespassers – Trespassers do not have the owner’s permission to be on their property and, as such, are not owed a duty of care, according to S.C. Code § 15-82-10(2)(B). However, children and individuals with a mental disability who are drawn to a property by an “artificial condition upon the land,” such as a swimming pool, are exempt from this law. This exemption is often referred to as an attractive nuisance doctrine.
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We Will Build a Robust Case Proving You Deserve Compensation for Your Losses
Our attorneys can help prove your status on the property at the time of your accident and show that your injuries and resulting losses are due to the property owner’s negligence. Proving fault is essential because if a court finds you are more than 50 percent responsible for your accident, you cannot seek awards, according to S.C. Code § 15-38-15.
We can use a variety of available evidence to build a case for negligence, including:
- Witness statements
- Surveillance video
- Photographs of your injuries and the site of your accident
- Medical records
- Police reports
- Expert testimony regarding your injuries, the cause of your accident, and your accident’s financial impact
The stronger your case, the easier it may be to resolve. If the insurance company cannot refute your evidence or assign you fault, they may settle more quickly and for a higher payment amount. Likewise, insurance adjusters know the law, and if they think South Carolina’s comparative negligence laws will work against you in court, they will use it to reduce or deny your settlement.
In general, the sooner you get started on your premises liability case, the better. Acting quickly can help preserve evidence and protect you from allegations that your injuries did not stem from your accident. Furthermore, lawsuits are bound by South Carolina’s statute of limitations, which is three years for personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits, according to S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530.
Our Attorneys Can Help You Identify and Pursue Your Damages
We want to ensure you receive all of the compensation owed to you. Our lawyers can calculate your medical expenses, estimate the cost of your future medical needs, and identify all of your accident-related losses. We can assist you with seeking awards for:
- Hospital and doctor fees
- Surgeries and follow up procedures
- Physical and occupational rehabilitation
- Long-term nursing care
- Household services
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of future earning potential
- Personal property damages
- Wrongful death compensation on behalf of a deceased loved one
The exact value of your case depends on factors unique to your accident and injuries, including the cost of your medical treatment and the extent of your pain and suffering. In general, the more severe your injuries, the greater your settlement or verdict may be. Our firm’s recent premises liability case results include:
- A $10 million jury verdict for a woman injured while shopping at a Walmart
- A $6.018 million jury verdict for a client who suffered injuries during an assault at a bar
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Contact the Anastopoulo Law Firm Today
Our firm’s founder, Akim Anastopoulo, has more than 25 years of legal experience helping injury victims from across South Carolina. Our team is committed to helping clients achieve the maximum amount of compensation possible for their injuries.
To learn more about how our premises liability lawyers in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, can represent you, call our offices at (800) 313-2546. A member of our team is available 24/7 to get you started with a complimentary consultation. We can answer your questions and discuss your legal options. Potential clients can also take advantage of our online case submissions.