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“It’s incredible how everything can change in an instant. I was at the grocery store near McBee Station, picking up last-minute items for my child’s birthday party. Suddenly, I was flat on the floor, paralyzed by a sharp pain in my back. Instead of going back home to my kid, I had to be taken to the emergency room at Greenville Memorial.
Before I arrived at the supermarket, another customer had dropped a bottle of olive oil. Although most of the spill had been mopped up, there was still a slippery residue on the tiles. There was no sign to warn me of any possible danger, so I was caught completely unaware. It’s been a few weeks since the fall, and I’m still walking with a cane and taking pain medication every day. I can’t play with my kids, and doing household chores feels impossible sometimes. My doctor says I need physiotherapy, but I don’t know how I’m going to pay for all of this…”
A slip-and-fall is one example of an incident that can give rise to a premises liability claim or lawsuit. When you are harmed on someone else’s property due to negligence, a Greenville premises liability lawyer could recover your medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial losses.
Premises liability claims and lawsuits typically arise when an injury happens on a property due to the negligence of the owner. When you visit someone’s property, they take on the obligation of ensuring that you are safe from injury or harm. This applies to businesses, homes, and public places. At Armada Law, our Greenville premises liability lawyer handles a wide range of matters, including…
The Golden Rule tells us that we should do onto others as we would have them do onto us. In personal injury matters, the golden rule is to take the steps necessary to avoid causing harm to others. A ‘duty of care’ is a legal obligation to exercise a reasonable level of care while interacting with others. Every time you get behind the wheel, you owe a duty of care to other users of the road.
In any personal injury claim, your attorney will first need to prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care. Once this has been established, it must be shown that the defendant breached this duty of care and that this breach led to your injuries. This is how negligence is established.
In premises liability matters, property owners owe a duty of care to people who visit their property. When the duty of care is breached, and a visitor is harmed, a Greenville premises liability lawyer can help to hold the property owner accountable.
The law categorizes visitors as invitees, licensees, or trespassers. The issue of whether or not you were owed a duty of care largely depends on which category you fell into at the material time.
Invitees are people who visited the property for a commercial purpose or to conduct business. This includes customers at a department store or a plumber visiting your home to work on the kitchen sink. For invitees, the invitation may be either express or implied. In the case of the plumber, there was an express invitation, while the invitation is implied for customers at a store.
Property owners owe the highest duty of care to invitees.
Licensees and Social Guests
Licensees and social guests visit the property for more personal reasons. This includes guests at a house party but may also include someone who visited a restaurant solely to use the bathroom. Licensees and social guests are legally allowed to be on the premises, and a high duty of care is owed to them.
A trespasser is someone who visits property without the consent of the owner. Trespassing may take the form of jumping a fence or disobeying a KEEP OUT sign, but can also happen when a previously invited guest is asked to leave and refuses to do so.
Generally speaking, property owners to not owe a duty of care to trespassers. In exceptional circumstances, parents of child trespassers may be able to hold a property owner liable for their child’s injuries.
On their way home from school, a child excitedly discovers a yard with playground equipment and runs over to the swings. The chain breaks, and the child is injured. Can the owner of the yard be held responsible even if the child wasn’t invited onto the property?
In some instances, YES.
Children are treated differently under the law. When it comes to premises liability lawsuits, child trespassers are owed the same duty of care as invitees. This means that you may be able to claim compensation even if your child wandered onto someone’s property without being expressly invited. This is known as the “attractive nuisance” doctrine.
An “attractive nuisance” is any potentially dangerous situation that children are likely to find irresistible. Not many young children can resist the allure of a playground, and a reasonable adult ought to know that. With this in mind, they have a duty to remove or reduce the risk of harm to children who may be passing by. This can be done by…
If the property owner didn’t take reasonable steps to protect children from the danger they can be held liable for their injuries.
There are many factors at play when it comes to personal injury claims involving minors. A Greenville premises liability lawyer can assess the situation to determine whether your child is entitled to compensation.
How has your life been affected by your injuries?
The purpose of a personal injury award is to put you back in the position you would have been in had the accident not happened. Although there are some things that money can’t buy, your settlement can go a long way in helping you to get back to living the life you want to live. A Greenville premises liability lawyer can assist in getting full and fair compensation for both financial and non-financial losses. After an accident, you may be entitled to recover:
We want to hear about how your life has been impacted by your injuries. Discuss your losses with our dedicated personal injury attorney by scheduling a free consultation.
Premises liability accidents happen on the property of others (public or private, business or individual), where the owner owes you a duty of care. This includes:
Wondering if you’re eligible for compensation after an accident? The best way to know for sure is to consult a Greenville premises liability lawyer. After a FREE case review, we’ll be able to advise on your likelihood of success, as well as the amount of compensation you may be able to receive.
Injuries can impact your ability to work, manage your daily obligations and enjoy your favorite activities. The severity of your injuries will have the biggest impact on the amount of compensation you can claim. Here are some injuries that you may suffer in a premises liability accident:
Medical evidence is very important in a premises liability claim or lawsuit. A doctor’s report can provide more insight into the severity of your injuries and the long-term impact they will have on your life.
Were you injured in a business place such as a supermarket, hotel, or restaurant? Paying customers and other people who visit property for commercial purposes are classified as invitees. Property owners have an obligation to ensure that invitees aren’t harmed while conducting business.
Big corporations are represented by attorneys who serve their best interests. They’ll stop at nothing to avoid giving you the compensation you deserve. Before going up against a business, you need fierce representation from a dedicated premises liability attorney.
At Armada Law, we’ve helped countless Greenville residents recover damages after being injured due to the negligence of businesses and corporations. We fight hard because when you win, we win.
Your finances will undoubtedly be impacted after an injury. Suddenly, you’re facing hospital bills and other unexpected expenses. At Armada Law, you’ll pay nothing upfront when you decide to work with one of our attorneys.
If we win a settlement or lawsuit, we earn a third of the award. If we don’t win, we don’t get paid. When you work with a premises liability lawyer at Armada Law, you can feel confident that we believe in your case and will do everything in our power to get the best possible outcome for you. Schedule a consultation to get started.
When you need an aggressive and dedicated premises liability attorney, reach out to the lawyers at Armada Law. If you don’t take action after an injury, you can lose the right to make a claim. Take the first step by scheduling a consultation today.
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Let’s face it — you have questions.
In South Carolina, the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit is three years from when you were injured or knew you should have suffered an injury. Many factors can cause significant delays, so it’s best to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after the injury.
Yes. The government can be sued like any private plaintiff, but there are caps on the damages that you can recover from the government. There may also be stricter limitation periods, so be sure to take action quickly.
Dog bites are usually covered under homeowners’ insurance policies. Nonetheless, the incident need not happen at the owner’s home. Contact our Greenville dog bite attorney to determine the best way forward.
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