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South Carolina Slip and Fall Cases

September 15, 2016

 

Slip and fall cases can be some of the most difficult to prove. Unlike a car accident where there are often physical examples of damage or wrongdoing, slip and fall cases can present a challenge because by the time you are ready to file a claim, there may be no visible evidence of what caused your injury. However, in South Carolina slip and fall cases, business owners can be held responsible for their negligence or failure to act in certain situations.

 

Evidence To Prove a South Carolina Slip and Fall Case

 

Not every fall or trip will automatically mean that you have a case against a store or business. There are certain legal elements you must prove in your case to proceed with a slip and fall claim. The person bringing a claim must prove that an owner of a store or business had a duty to keep customers safe and that the owner breached this duty in some way.

 

Slip and fall cases generally result from a substance on the floor. However, how that substance got there may be significant in your case. For example, if another shopper broke a jar that made the floor slippery, it is unlikely that the business owner would be responsible unless the owner knew about the broken jar and failed to clean it up. On the other hand, if an employee of the store was cleaning up this broken jar and left the floor wet from mopping, it is much more likely that the store could be held responsible for any injuries.

 

Can I only make a claim if I am injured inside a store?

 

Slip and fall cases are not only limited to wet floors inside stores. It is also possible that a business’s duty to keep customers safe extends to sidewalks, parking lots, and other areas surrounding the business.

 

What is my South Carolina slip and fall case worth?

 

Each slip and fall case is different and depends on the facts of the case. Many individuals in slip and fall cases do not suffer serious injuries, and they are more embarrassed than anything else. Another factor is that injuries involved in these cases are often minor. Due to the costs of filing a lawsuit, many individuals choose not to pursue their claim.  However, if you suffer injuries that impact your daily life or injuries that cause a great deal of pain, it is important to seek an experienced slip and fall lawyer. If you do chose to hire a slip and fall lawyer, you must act quickly because there is only a limited time in South Carolina to file a claim against a business or a store owner.

 

Get Help From a South Carolina Slip and Fall Attorney

 

While slip and fall cases may be difficult, if you have been injured because of a store owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. The South Carolina personal injury lawyers at Surasky Law have experience litigating against stores and helping clients get compensation for their injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation on your case.

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