If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you probably have questions about your rights. Does the landlord have to compensate you for your medical bills, lost income, and your pain and suffering? The answer is possibly, but not automatically. There are many legal points you must prove with credible evidence to build a case for liability. Your case may seem cut and dried to you, but convincing a judge or jury could be a very different matter. Fortunately, the Law Offices of David L. Hood can help. We have substantial experience in premises liability cases and can capably manage litigation for various accident scenarios, such as a slip and fall, trip and fall, or falling merchandise injury.
There are four main elements to a premises liability case that an injured plaintiff must prove by a preponderance of the evidence:
Whether the landowner had a duty of care generally depends on who the plaintiff is. South Carolina law recognizes several types of victims in premises liability cases:
Most plaintiffs in a premises liability case are either licensees or invitees. Since the defendant landowner has a different duty, proof of breach is also different:
Premises liability accidents depend on the totality of the circumstances. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced attorney who can assemble the evidence necessary to support your version of what happened. It’s also important to act quickly, so we can get to work before a landowner removes evidence of the hazard that injured you and witnesses start to forget what really happened.
A sudden slip and fall onto a hard surface can produce painful and disabling injuries, such as:
If you are injured, it’s important to get medical treatment as quickly as possible. This is always the safest course of action for your health, but it also eliminates any suspicion that your injury might have resulted from a subsequent event. If you have a significant injury, you can make a claim for future medical bills and your future pain and suffering. However, it’s important to retain a personal injury attorney with the proven skill to manage a complex case like yours, so you can maximize the amount of compensation you receive.
The Law Offices of David L. Hood provides proven representation in complex premises liability cases throughout southeast South Carolina. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 843-485-0011 or contact our Murrells Inlet office online.