Rock Hill & Lancaster Slip & Fall Lawyer
An Accident Waiting to Happen
Slip-and-fall claims are among the most difficult injury cases in South Carolina. Under South Carolina law, the burden is on the victim to prove that the property owner knew of the safety hazard and ignored it (or should have known of the hazard), or caused the hazard. Additionally, when someone falls and is injured severly, typically, the injured person is interested in getting to a hopsital, not in collecting witness statements and trying to assertain why they fell. The store or premises owner, in all liklihood, is doing just that and preparing thier case before you make it to the hosptial.
If you suffered serious injury (disfigurement, broken bones or requiring surgery), contact Craig Wilkerson immediately to attempt to preserve evidence important to your claim for damages. 803 324-7200
Slip and Fall Claims — What Did the Store Do Wrong?
How can you determine if your claim merits further investigation and send professionals to document the property defect or hazard that led to your injury?
The law holds property owners responsible for “reasonably safe” conditions, which may give them a benefit of the doubt and the burden of proof may be on you as the Plaintiff. There may have been a violation of building codes, or the dangererous condition or should have discovered it in routine maintenance and inspection.
Perhaps the owner/manager had ample time to address the situation. A recent spill in the grocery store aisle may not be grounds for a slip-and-fall lawsuit, but a leaking cooler or a freshly mopped floor with no caution cones may be. Every case is unique.
Speed Is Essential
The important thing is to seek medical treatment and begin investigation of an accident as soon as possible so that you can get to the scene to document the dangerous condition and talk to witnesses while the incident is fresh in their memory. If the victim had seen the danger, they probably would never have fallen. Contact us by calling 803 324-7200 or 866-902-8257 for a free case evaluation.