South Carolina Premises Liability Lawyer
If you or a loved one sustained an injury while on someone else’s property in South Carolina, a personal injury lawyer at Anastopoulo Law Firm may be able to help you file a claim or lawsuit. Our firm handles premises liability cases, which cover injuries that occur on private or public property, such as a grocery store, library, or even someone’s private home.
These types of cases can also involve various scenarios, from slip and fall accidents to dog bite attacks. However your injury occurred, there may be legal options available to you for pursuing compensation, which our team can explain in a free consultation. A South Carolina premises liability lawyer is prepared to investigate your accident and begin building a claim or lawsuit.
First, We May Calculate Your Damages to Determine the Value of the Case
As we learn more details about your accident, we will also ask for information related to the damages you experienced so that we can begin calculating their value. Each case has an individual value based on the victim’s personal damages, which are itemized and calculated.
For a general idea, you may claim compensation for the following types of damages:
- Current and future medical care costs
- Current and future income loss
- Reduced earning capacity
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Physical disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment in life
There may be other damages you qualify to claim, which we can discuss while calculating the value of your case.
For a free legal consultation with a premises liability lawyer serving South Carolina, call (800) 313-2546
Premises Liability Cases Fall Within South Carolina’s General Statute of Limitations
South Carolina’s general statute of limitations—S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530—applies to most personal injury cases, including those involving premises liability. According to this statutory rule, you must file your lawsuit within three years of the date of injury if you wish to pursue compensation through South Carolina’s court system.
Failure to comply with this deadline could jeopardize your ability to claim compensation and absolve the other party of any liability for your damages.
Our Lawyers Can Manage the Case to Help You File on Time
If you decide to work with a personal injury lawyer from our firm, our legal team will put in a collaborative effort to build the case so that we may file it within its statutory deadline. To construct your South Carolina premises liability case, we may:
- Organize a separate investigation: We may do this to retrieve our own evidence to support the case and discover key information that establishes how your accident took place. If the liable party is not immediately identifiable, this investigation may also serve to point out who may be responsible for your damages.
- Communicate with involved parties: As we build your case, the other party’s insurer or legal attorney may approach you to settle before going to court. We can handle these communication attempts to protect the case and gauge whether their settlement offer is appropriate for your situation.
- Negotiate a settlement offer: If the opportunity to settle the case outside of court arises, a lawyer from our team can represent you during negotiation meetings and vouch for your legal interests.
- Handle legal and administrative tasks: Your case likely will involve extensive paperwork, which our team can fill out and submit for you. We can also perform other legal tasks, such as filing motions or requesting subpoenas, on your behalf.
- Represent you in court: If necessary, our team will prepare the case for litigation to continue your pursuit of compensation.
Our team will also be available for legal advice when necessary. While building your case, we can keep you updated on its status and alert you when it may be worth considering filing a lawsuit.
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South Carolina Premises Liability Law Holds Property Owners Accountable
Premises liability is the legal argument that the owner of a property can be held legally responsible for injuries others suffered when those injuries occurred on that owner’s property. Issues of premises liability can arise in a variety of contexts, including:
- Slip and fall accidents at a grocery store
- Attacks in the parking lot of a business
- Injuries sustained on the property of private citizens
Under South Carolina law, a property owner is required to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. Therefore, they can be liable for the injuries of another if caused by a dangerous condition on the property and when that unsafe condition was caused or created by the owner.
How the Status of the Injured Party May Affect a Premises Liability Case
Though general liability is imposed on a property owner, their obligation is also based upon the injured party’s status.
The following provides a short overview of the three statuses available to property visitors:
- Invitees:A property owner owes the highest duty of care to an individual who was invited to the property.
- Licensees:A property owner owes a lesser duty to those individuals with a license to enter the property for business and other reasons.
- Trespassers:A minimal duty of care is owed to a trespasser who entered the property absent a license or invitation from the owner.
Both invitees and licensees are owed a duty of reasonable/ordinary care regarding their safety, so a property owner can be held liable for injuries that result from their breach of this duty.
Other Factors in Premises Liability Cases
When a dangerous condition on a property is hidden or latent, invitees should receive a warning about the hazard when known to the owner or when the owner should have known of the dangerous condition’s existence. However, the specific degree of care required depends on the actual circumstances underlying the injury, such as the capacity and age of the injured invitee.
Furthermore, business owners, homeowners, and property owners are responsible for the security and safety of all persons within the boundaries of their property, regardless of their status as an invitee, trespasser, or licensee.
This means that owners should remedy dangerous conditions in order to avoid liability for any resulting injuries. For more on premises liability, you can visit our Personal Injury FAQ section.
Contact Anastopoulo Law Firm for Help with Your Premises Liability Case
At Anastopoulo Law Firm, our team of premises liability lawyers is ready to serve you in South Carolina. We are happy to examine the circumstances of your case and provide you with legal help. Call (800) 313-2546 for a free consultation.