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Recovering compensation after a slip-and-fall accident

When we set foot on someone else's property, whether it's to shop at a store, dine at a restaurant or simply walk on a sidewalk, we place a certain trust in the owner of the property to keep the premises reasonably safe. Under South Carolina law, the owner has a duty to periodically inspect the property and repair hazards so as to avoid accidents that might harm visitors.

When property owners breach this duty, and a visitor is injured as a result, the injured may recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. The legal theory underlying this type of suit is known as premises liability.

There are many kinds of accidents where premises liability can come into play, but a typical case involves a person who slips on a liquid spill at a grocery store. While store owners can't prevent every spill, they do have a duty to inspect the floor and clean up spills as soon as they can, so as to prevent visitors being hurt in a slip-and-fall accident. If they fail in this duty, and a customer or other visitor is injured as a result, the owner may be held liable for the injured person's damages.

Damages in these cases can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering and more. In some cases, especially those involving brain or spinal injuries, the damages can be extensive.

If you have been injured in an accident on someone else's property, you may be coping with the long aftermath of an accident. You may be struggling to pay your medical bills, or may be unable to return to work. It can be important to speak to a personal injury lawyer about premises liability and your legal options.

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