Premises Liability Attorneys in Charleston
Property Owners May Be Liable for Your Injuries
Property owners who open their land, homes, or businesses to the public have an inherent responsibility for the safety and protection of visitors. Property and business owners fail at their responsibility if an accident occurs which is directly or indirectly their fault and causes injuries that could otherwise have been avoided. Whether you slipped and fell down a wet staircase or were assaulted in a dark parking lot, the legal team at Bostic Law Group, P.A. in Charleston can help.
Property owners must provide the highest degree of care to their guests, including:
- Ensuring that the property is not harmful (including reasonable ongoing inspection)
- Warning visitors about known dangers that cannot be removed or repaired
- Rescuing visitors who are injured
- Employing trusted individuals (the property owner may be liable for the conduct and actions of his or her employees)
Failure to do the above is a sign of negligence. If the cause of your injuries could have been prevented, you may have a premises liability case.
Potential Premises Liability Factors
In South Carolina, property and business owners are legally responsible for ensuring that their property is safe for visitors. The simple acts of picking up items from the floor, cleaning up spills, and making sure that fixtures, doors, and elevators are functioning properly can go a long way to making a space safe for everyone who visits.
Other premises liability factors include:
- Broken, uneven, or poorly maintained floors, sidewalks, or aisles
- Inadequate lighting, both indoors and in areas like parking lots
- Inadequate security
- Loose ceiling tiles
- Loose railings
- Unsecured parking garages
Accidents happen, but those that are caused by negligence can and should be avoided. Property owners are responsible for acting in accordance with local laws to fix safety-related issues they know to exist—or should have known to exist.
Property Owners’ Responsibilities Vary Depending On The Visitor
According to state law, the responsibility of a property owner regarding premises liability differs depending on the classification of the visitor.
Visitors fall into one of four categories:
Property owners owe the highest degree of care to invitees, those who enter a property or business with the express or implied permission of the owner. Customers in a store are considered invitees, for example. In some cases, a child who is an invitee can become a trespasser if the child enters a part of the building he or she should not. A person classified as a licensee is one who enters a non-business property with express or implied permission.
Acquaintances who enter your home (i.e., social guests) are generally considered licensees under South Carolina law. A trespasser is an individual who enters a property without permission from the owner (out of curiosity, to hunt, or for other purposes). A property owner’s liability for a trespasser is very limited, normally restricted to only intentional injury or injury from willful or wanton negligence or misconduct.
For visitors classified as children, the only responsibility a property owner has is to refrain from willful or wanton negligence or misconduct. Property owners have a duty to deter foreseeable dangers even if the injured party is classified as a licensee or trespasser. If you were a licensee or trespasser, call one of our lawyers to discuss your case. You may still have a claim for your injuries.
Rental Housing Injuries
Landlords are also responsible for maintaining their rental properties in a manner that protects renters from unsafe conditions. Unfortunately, many rental property owners place their income above the renter’s safety, leaving the renter exposed to dangerous situations.
Risks that could lead to a renter getting injured include:
- Carbon monoxide leaks
- Faulty or exposed wiring
- Loose railings or banisters
- Uneven or broken stairways
- Unsecured balconies or decks
If you believe your injuries were caused by your landlord’s negligence, give us a call. We will look into your rental housing injury case at no upfront charge to you.
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Our Charleston premises liability attorneys understand the anger and confusion you may feel when you or a loved one has been injured in a premises liability accident. Our experience and knowledge of state and federal premises liability laws allows us to offer advice to our clients and secure the compensation they are entitled. Our staff will work closely with you and walk you through the compensation recovery process every step of the way. Best of all, unless we win your case, you don’t owe us anything!
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