Slip and Fall Lawyers
Slip and fall attorneys helping victims throughout South Carolina including Columbia, Lexington, Richland County and beyond.
The numbers of Americans harmed in slip and fall accidents might be surprising. Broken hips, fractured pelvises and traumatic head injuries are not uncommon. Each year, over 8 million emergency room visits are prompted by falls in the workplace, public venues and private residences, with at least five percent of victims suffering fractures.
In South Carolina, slip and fall injuries are among the top causes of serious personal injury following motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, many of these mishaps are preventable; often caused by negligent property owners who overlook the safety of their guests just to save a few dollars on maintenance costs.
South Carolina slip and fall injury claims
If you or a family member is considering filing a slip and fall case, The Michael Jeffcoat Law Firm has the knowledge, talent and experience to investigate your case and secure fair compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, physical therapy, lost income and emotional trauma.
Located in Lexington and convenient to neighboring Richland County, our team is well-versed in premises liability law, which stipulates that property owners are legally obliged to keep their business or venue safe for patrons and guests and advise them of any dangerous conditions. When a property owner or business proprietor fails to use reasonable care in ensuring their building or property is free of hazards and injury results, she may be sued for damages in a premises liability lawsuit.
We represent victims who have been harmed through any number of property hazards, including:
- Slick pavement
- Uneven or cracked sidewalks
- Wet floors
- Dim lighting
- Steep ramps
- Torn carpets
- Defective elevators
- Broken stairs
- Loose handrails
- Puddles or slick entrances
- Obstructed views
- Unsecured manholes
- Badly maintained walkways
- Uneven floors
Premises liability in South Carolina
Whether you fell in a shopping mall, apartment building, retail outlet, restaurant, hotel or movie theater, property owners – and, in some cases, operational managers – may be held liable for your economic losses if they did not take adequate steps to maintain a safe environment.
To be successful in a premises liability case, a slip and fall attorney must demonstrate:
- Property owners either failed to maintain the property or created hazardous conditions which caused the injury
- Property owners were aware or should have been aware about hazards but failed to warn patrons
- Property owner or employees created unsafe conditions by failing to perform routine maintenance
In order to win before a jury or secure a favorable settlement, these claims often hinge on whether or not the defendant acted “reasonably.” In other words, could the owner have installed a simple handrail or warning sign to prevent patrons from slipping on a wet floor?
Even in accidents that were partially caused by your own carelessness or inattention, property owners may still be at fault if routine maintenance and safety measures were ignored.
When a personal injury attorney from The Michael Jeffcoat Firm represents you, we conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your fall. We interview witnesses, subpoena maintenance records and gather pertinent evidence that will point to any negligence on behalf of the property owner. If we determine that resolution is possible without going to court, we’ll work tirelessly to negotiate a fair settlement that sufficiently compensates for the pain, suffering and financial burdens your family has sustained. If we are unable to reach an agreement, we will be prepared to take your slip and fall case to trial.
Recovering compensation for catastrophic slip and fall injuries
State law requires personal injury actions in South Carolina to be filed within a certain time frame, known as the statute of limitations. For this reason, it’s essential to act swiftly following this type of accident. A skilled lawyer can accurately evaluate your situation and determine eligibility for pursuing legal action, as well as the potential recovery of your claim.
Some of the most common injuries sustained in slip and falls can completely undermine your financial and emotional well-being, with some victims left permanently disabled. The ramifications of a traumatic brain injury, torn ACL, broken hip or herniated disc are ongoing in nature, possibly limiting your ability to earn a living, receive proper medical care and provide for your loved ones.
Choosing the right attorney makes all the difference
Mr. Jeffcoat has grown his thriving law practice by providing competent representation to his injured clients, who are treated with the compassion and respect they deserve. If you have been harmed due to a property owner’s negligence, we invite you to contact our office for a free and confidential consultation. We serve all major areas throughout South Carolina including Richland County, Lexington County, Horry, and Charleston. There is never any charge to speak with our legal professionals, and we take all cases on a contingency basis. We are here to help you.
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