Accidents can occur both indoors and outdoors – and under a variety of circumstances. These accidents may also result in catastrophic personal injuries that require serious medical treatment.
If you have been injured in an accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, you need an experienced Easley personal injury lawyer on your side representing you throughout your case.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers have the necessary legal knowledge and experience to represent you during settlement negotiations with insurance company adjusters, and, if necessary, at the trial of your case.
Statute of Limitations
As with other types of personal injury cases, in a South Carolina slip-and-fall case, a claim or lawsuit must ordinarily be filed within three years of the date of injury. Absent some very limited exceptions, if a claim or lawsuit is not filed within that time period, the injured plaintiff is forever barred from filing suit or seeking monetary recovery for injuries sustained in the accident. In order to ensure that proper time frames are met, an Easley personal injury attorney should be consulted as soon as possible.
In an Easley personal injury case, an injured plaintiff must prove that the defendant – usually the owner or occupier of the premises where the fall occurred – breached the applicable standard of care, proximately resulting in the plaintiff’s injuries and damages.
The duty of care owed by the defendant premises owner to the plaintiff depends upon the plaintiff’s status on the premises. The following classifications generally apply:
- Invitee – A business invitee is someone who is on the premises for the purpose of benefitting the premises owner, such as a store or shopping mall patron. The premises owner owes a duty to warn business invitees of known dangerous conditions on the premises and to take action to correct those dangers (or warn of the dangers). The premises owner may also have a duty to inspect the property for unknown dangerous conditions on the premises.
- Licensee – A licensee is an individual who is on the premises for his or her own purposes (e.g. a social guest visiting someone’s home). A premises owner owes a duty to warn licensees of known dangerous conditions on the premises but does not need to take corrective action.
- Trespasser – A trespasser is an individual who is not permitted to be on the premises and is not normally owed a duty of care (except possibly in the case of known child trespassers).
Contact an Easley Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, our experienced Easley personal injury attorneys are here to help you obtain the monetary compensation you need and deserve.
Always remember that the insurance companies and their adjusters are not on your side, and their primary goal is not to compensate your for your personal injuries and damages.
Our experienced Easley personal injury lawyers can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, and, if necessary, take your case to trial. Please feel free to contact us at any time, via telephone or email, for an initial consultation.