Columbia Premises Liability Lawyer
Homeowners, renters, business owners, and property owners all have a duty to keep their properties safe for all invitees, or people who have permission to be in the building or on the property. Victims of falls or other accidents can sue for compensation in situations that involve owner negligence, such as a public pool not adhering to fencing laws or a manager failing to clean up a hazardous spill in a grocery store. If you were injured in any type of premises accident, the Columbia premises liability lawyers with The Stanley Law Group are here to assist you in filing a personal injury claim with the appropriate party.
How Were You Hurt? Common Types of Premises Liability
Slip and Fall—Falls are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, are a leading cause of serious injury, and are the number one reason for Emergency Department visits, making up over one third of all visits according to the Healthcare Costs and Utilization Project. Slip and falls occur due to:
- Spills that were not cleaned up;
- Water leaks from pipes or a roof;
- Puddles of standing water in doorways;
- Uneven walking surfaces;
- Stairs or steps without signage or proper hand railings;
- Broken, cracked, or ripped tiles or carpeting;
- Lack of lighting;
- Piled up debris, misplaced merchandise, wires or extension cords, or an otherwise cluttered walkway.
Swimming Pool Accidents—Public pools must be enclosed by a six foot high fence if open to the general public, and by a four foot fence if operated by a hotel, apartment, school, condominium, or campground, according to South Carolina Regulation 61-51. Dozens of other regulations must be followed by public pools, and homeowners are required to follow certain regulations for their private pools as well.
Dog Bite or Attack—Dog owners are held strictly liable when their dog attacks someone on their premises, so long as that person was legally allowed to be on the property, such as a guest, mail deliverer, or someone simply knocking on the door to make a sales pitch.
Negligent Security—Nightclubs, bars, schools, stores, and other facilities can be held liable when victims are robbed or assaulted. Examples of negligent security include not having bouncers or security guards or proper lighting in parking lots or parking garages.
Hazardous Conditions—Other establishments and privately owned residences contain dangerous materials, expose invitees to hazardous conditions, are not kept in good repair, or are not built to code. For example, a restaurant that does not have a properly working sprinkler system may be found liable for smoke inhalation or burn injuries in the event of a fire. There are limitless ways that victims get injured in premises accidents. The only way to know if your damages should be covered by the negligent party is to talk to an attorney.
Call Our Columbia Premises Liability Lawyers for Help Today
Our Columbia premises liability lawyers have experience in all types of premises accidents, and are capable of proving liability in virtually all circumstances of business owner negligence. The Stanley Law Group is here to help. Call 803-799-4700 to schedule a free consultation today.