Slip-and-Fall Accident Lawyers in South Carolina
When you’re injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you may be unsure about how to recover compensation for your medical bills, pain, suffering and other losses. Insurance companies, business owners, and others may deny their responsibility for your injuries. At a time like this, you need an experienced attorney who will stand up for you and fight for your rights.
At Wilson & Luginbill, we’ll stand up for you. With decades of experience helping injured people in South Carolina, we have the experience and resources to help. We’ve recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients. At every step we fight for our clients and the financial compensation they need.
If you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident, don’t wait to get help. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Wilson & Luginbill for a free consultation today. Contact a member of our team by phone or use our online contact options now.
How Our Attorneys Help Victims of Slip-and-fall Accidents
Slip-and-fall accidents can leave you upset and wondering how you’ll recover from your injuries. When you’re trying to come back from a slip-and-fall accident, it can be difficult to handle all the moving pieces. Our attorneys can take care of every aspect of your case and make sure that everything your case needs is in place.
- We’ll gather evidence and build your case. A slip-and-fall case is built on many important details, and our attorneys will make sure those details are in place. We’ll pull together important documents such as your medical records, witness testimony, and security footage of the accident. Our experienced attorneys know what you need and how to get it. With an attorney on your side, you can focus on your recovery while we handle your case.
- Our attorneys will negotiate with insurance companies and the responsible parties. Settlement negotiations can be complicated, and it’s easy to make a wrong move. Insurance companies and those responsible want to pay as little as they possibly can to make your case go away. An experienced attorney knows how to evaluate your injuries, prove your case, and advocate for you.
- We’ll fight lowball offers and work to get you the maximum amount of compensation. Our attorneys are working for you, not for an insurance company’s bottom line.
- Our experienced attorneys can handle your case in court. Most slip-and-fall cases will settle before a trial, but if your case needs to go to court, we will be ready. Our attorneys understand what goes into preparing for a trial and winning it. We’ll craft a legal strategy, prepare court filings, and handle everything that your case needs. If you need to go to court, our attorneys will aggressively represent you and your interests.
Our attorneys can help you at every stage of your case. If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact us today.
What Do You Have to Prove in a Slip-and-fall Case?
To prove a slip-and-fall case, you’ll need to show that the defendant owed you a duty, they breached their duty, that their breach caused your injuries, and that you suffered because of your injuries. You’ll need to prove each piece of the case and back it up with evidence. If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you need to show:
- The defendant owed a duty to you. When you’re a guest on a property, those responsible for the property are required to watch out for your safety. Defendants could be the owner of the property, or it may be those who are currently in control of the property such as a business or a renter. The people who control the property must keep the premises free of dangers and take steps to secure your safety.
- The defendant did not live up to their duty. A breach of duty happens when those responsible for a property don’t maintain the property in a safe, working order. For example, a breach may occur when a business allows dangerous conditions such as pooling water to happen. If the water could (or does) cause an accident, and they haven’t taken steps to correct the situation, then they have breached their duty to their guests.
- Your injuries happened because the defendant breached their duty. For example, let’s say a business has a duty to keep the steps on its entrance free of ice and snow. Let’s also say that they ignore the ice, they haven’t put up any signs about it, and the steps are very slippery. If you slip-and-fall on the steps, you can say that your injuries happened directly due to the business’s breach of duty.
- The accident caused your injury. Slip-and-fall accidents can result in real harm to you and those you love. Physical injuries such as broken bones and head injuries are common. Property damage such as torn clothing and broken cell phones happen all the time. Lasting psychological injuries such as insomnia, fear, and anxiety may occur as well.
A slip-and-fall case has many steps, each of which requires detailed documentation and proof. When you’re injured, you need an experienced attorney who knows how to build your case and take it from start to finish. Our attorneys will listen to you, collect the documents your case needs, and work to get you the compensation you deserve.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Slip-and-Fall Accident?
In a slip-and-fall accident, there may be several parties who are potentially responsible. It may have been the business that occupied the space, it may have been a property owner who allowed a dangerous condition to persist, or it may have been a maintenance company that didn’t do its job, for example.
When you’re pursuing a slip-and-fall case, you’ll need to show who was responsible for the property, who knew about the condition, and what steps they took to mitigate the danger. In a slip-and-fall accident case, many parties could be liable for your injuries:
- Commercial and industrial real estate owners. Commercial properties must be maintained in good working order for the safety of employees and customers. The property owners must keep tabs on their property and perform maintenance to keep the facilities safe for guests. As owners of the property, they usually have the final say in the care of buildings, and they are often responsible when someone is injured.
- Governmental agencies. This can include government facilities and government owned property such as sidewalks. If you need to pursue a slip-and-fall case against the government, it may be more difficult than a case against a business or an individual. An attorney can review the facts of your case and help you understand how you may recover compensation for your injuries.
- Maintenance companies and property managers. Some owners don’t want to deal with the cost and effort to have their own maintenance staff, so they hire outside groups to do it for them. These maintenance companies and other property managers might be liable if their failures resulted in injuries to you.
- Businesses and other organizations. Businesses and other organizations often rent commercial space to do business. When they control a space, they’re responsible for accidents and injuries that happen on their watch. They must monitor the premises and ensure that the space is safe for customers and guests.
- Homeowners. Those who own homes are responsible for their care and upkeep. When you’re a guest in someone else’s home, you should be safe on the property. When those who own the property fail to maintain the premises and keep you safe, they may be liable. In most cases, homeowner’s insurance will cover your injuries.
These groups and many others may be liable for your injuries. Liability will depend upon the facts and circumstances of your accident. If you’ve been injured, speak with our attorneys to understand your options for recovery.
Types of Compensation for Slip-and-Fall Injuries
If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, there are many ways you could recover including medical costs, lost wages, damaged or destroyed property, and pain and suffering:
- Medical treatment costs are recoverable in a slip-and-fall accident. Slip-and-fall accidents can result in extensive, painful injuries including head injuries and broken bones. Bills for treatment can add up fast, and if you require treatment for the long-term, you may not be able to keep up with the cost. A slip-and-fall accident case can include the costs of the short and long term medical treatment you need for your injuries.
- Lost wages and lost income can quickly add up. A slip-and-fall accident may force you out of work for days, months, or years. Depending on your injuries, you may lose the ability to work in the short term, or you may lose the ability to do your work for the rest of your life. If you’re injured, a slip-and-fall case may include compensation for the wages and income you lose.
- You may be able to recover the cost of damaged or destroyed property. In a slip-and-fall, it’s easy for your clothing, electronic devices, and other personal property to be damaged. A slip-and-fall case may include the cost of any property you’ve lost.
- You may be entitled to compensation for the physical and emotional pain that you suffer. Injuries can cause pain that lingers for years and disrupts every part of your life. Injuries can also lead to lasting emotional and mental harm that can disrupt your sleep, your life, and your work. If you’re suffering lingering physical or emotional harm from a slip-and-fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
What to Do After a Slip-and-Fall Accident
The time after a slip-and-fall accident is critical for your health and your potential case. If you are involved in a slip-and-fall accident, the following tips will help you protect yourself:
- Medical care is essential after a slip-and-fall accident. Many times, your injuries after an accident will be apparent, but sometimes your injuries may be hidden at first. Anytime you’re in an accident, get a medical evaluation immediately. Medical professionals will document any injuries caused by the accident. These medical records will provide critical information for your slip-and-fall case later.
- Collect contact information for witnesses. Witnesses to an accident may disappear quickly. If someone saw your accident, get their name and contact information.
- Take photos of where the accident took place. Photos of the accident scene can be a critical piece of evidence. After an accident, the property owner or business will likely clean up the accident scene to prevent others from getting hurt. If you try to take pictures later, the cause of your accident may not be there anymore. Take plenty of photos and capture important details such as lighting and surfaces.
- Let the business or property owner know that the accident happened. If you’re involved in an accident, notify them as soon as you can. Relay the facts of the incident and avoid blaming yourself. Later investigation will get to who was responsible for the accident.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions for your care. When you’re injured, your doctor may give you specific instructions and schedules for how you need to care for your injuries. Attend every appointment and let your doctor know about any problems that arise. Don’t stop taking medication or following the doctor’s orders at any time. Your health and your case may depend on it.
Get Help from Experienced South Carolina Slip-and-Fall Attorneys
At Wilson & Luginbill, LLC we’re proud to help people who have been injured in slip-and-fall accidents. With decades of experience helping people throughout South Carolina get compensation for their injuries, we understand what it takes to build your case and win. We’ll investigate your case and pursue the compensation that you deserve.
If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, we are here to help. Contact us by phone or online now to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Don’t let the careless actions of another party leave you with the bill. Let us stand up for you and get you the justice you are owed.