Charleston Premises Liability Attorneys
Property owners and managers in South Carolina have a legal obligation to ensure their premises are free of hazards that could harm visitors. If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, you need to speak with our knowledgeable Charleston premises liability attorneys to learn about your legal rights.
The dedicated and resourceful personal injury attorneys at Mickle & Bass handle a wide variety of premises liability claims. However, some of the most common cases involve:
- Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents
- Dog attacks
- Assaults or robberies due to negligent security
- Swimming pool accidents
- Playground or amusement park accidents
Property owners and their insurers move quickly to obscure facts and deny valid premises liability claims after serious injuries occur at stores, malls, restaurants, theaters, business offices, amusement parks, etc. If you’ve been badly hurt in an accident on someone else’s property in the Charleston, S.C., area, contact us today to protect your rights.
Our law firm will provide a free consultation to evaluate your claim, and all additional work will be at no charge unless we obtain compensation for you.
Compensation in a Premises Liability Claim
If you or a loved one has been harmed on someone else’s property, you are likely facing a slew of medical bills combined with missed paychecks, putting you behind financially and adding extra stress while you are struggling to recover. When our knowledgeable South Carolina premises liability lawyers begin to investigate your case, we will thoroughly document your injuries and the damages you have suffered as a result of the accident. Our team may then demand compensation for:
- All medical expenses related to the accident
- Future treatment expenses that you are expected to face
- Lost wages and other income during recovery, as well as future losses due to diminished earning capacity
- Personal property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Physical impairment
The other side may try to take advantage of South Carolina’s “contributory negligence” laws by claiming that you were partially at fault for your injuries. Insurance companies use this strategy to try to reduce the amount of damages they may be forced to pay.
The experienced Charleston premises liability lawyers at Mickle & Bass know the tactics insurance companies use, and we work tirelessly to protect our clients’ rights to full and fair compensation. Schedule a free consultation today to learn how we can help you.
What Is a Property Owner’s Duty to You?
In places as active as the Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and Sullivan’s Island areas of South Carolina, there are many ways an accident can occur if property owners do not maintain buildings and grounds or warn visitors about potential hazards.
Property owners, often acting through managers and staff, have an obligation to:
- Ensure their buildings and grounds (premises) are safe for visitors
- Inspect their premises with reasonable frequency to identify potential hazards
- Correct hazards on their premises in a timely manner
- Post warnings that would sufficiently alert a reasonable person to any hazardous conditions that cannot be removed or mitigated in a timely manner
If a property owner neglects these duties and someone is injured as a result, our Charleston premises liability attorneys are here to help the victim seek compensation for his or her losses.
Common Premises Liability Cases We Handle
The South Carolina personal injury law firm of Mickle & Bass helps individuals and families exercise their right to restitution after accidents have unfairly caused them serious harm. Our attorneys demand full insurance company payments to our clients who have been hurt in:
- Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents caused by:
- Slippery floors, including recently mopped, buffed, or waxed surfaces
- Wet floors caused by spills, tracked-in rain, wet and dripping swimsuits, etc.
- Clutter in walkways, store aisles, corridors, stairways, etc.
- Torn carpet and loose and/or damaged area rugs, tile, paving stones, etc.
- Loose or damaged stair treads and handrails that give way with the weight of users
- Potholes in parking lots, sidewalks, yards, or other landscaping
- Faulty elevators and escalators that start or stop abruptly or stop misaligned with landing floors
- Insufficient lighting at night or in dark areas like parking garages and stairwells
- Swimming pool accidents such as:
- Drownings and near-drownings
- Diving accidents in shallow water
- Entrapment in defective or improperly installed drains
- Illness caused by bacteria or other infectious substances in pool water
- Burns from contact with caustic chemicals used to treat pool water
- Dog attacks involving:
- More than one bite
- Puncture wounds, lacerations, tears in muscle and other soft tissue, and broken bones, particularly of the hands and feet
- Fall injuries
- Injuries to young children and the elderly
- Amusement park or playground accidents involving:
- Improperly installed or maintained equipment or fixtures
- Improperly trained ride operators
- Ride operators who do not enforce safety rules
- Faulty design or manufacture of a piece of equipment
- Negligent supervision of groups of children
- Assault due to negligent security at properties such as hotels and apartment complexes, often caused by:
- Doors or windows that do not lock
- Inadequate lighting that enables perpetrators to proceed undetected
- Absent or nonfunctioning security cameras
- Security guards or other staff who neglect safety checks
For a premises liability case to proceed, the injured person must have had a legal right to be on the premises and not have been trespassing. Premises liability claims may also be subject to the “open and obvious” rule. This holds that property owners should not be held responsible for injuries caused by clearly observable hazards that a reasonable person would have known to avoid.
It is also important to recognize that businesses and individuals maintain liability insurance, including homeowners’ insurance, to pay for injuries and other losses when accidents happen. It is absolutely appropriate to seek compensation you need and deserve if you have been injured due to negligence at a private home or business owned by family, friends, coworkers, acquaintances, or friendly proprietors.
Talk to Our Charleston Premises Liability Lawyers Today
If you have suffered serious injury due to a danger on someone else’s property, contact the Charleston personal injury law firm of Mickle & Bass today. Our premises liability attorneys are dedicated to fighting to make clients financially whole when they have been injured in accidents caused by others’ negligence.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We pursue premises liability claims on a contingency-fee basis. That means you will not be charged a fee for our services unless and until we recover money for you.