If your future seems uncertain after a painful slip and fall, David Taylor Law will be by your side the entire way, advocating for your rights. Our law firm, based in Myrtle Beach, SC, will not only provide legal guidance, but much-needed love, support and peace of mind as you face the days ahead. If your slip and fall was caused by a property owner's negligence, contact David Taylor Law today. We're proud to serve our friends and neighbors in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas of Florence and Conway — and to offer free consultations! Contact us now to schedule yours.
Because premises liability law is complicated, it’s important to have an attorney with extensive experience handling fall cases. Proving a property owner’s negligence isn’t always as simple as it seems, especially when insurance companies get involved or if you plan to file for Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina.
If dangerous conditions were present when your slip and fall accident occurred, your attorney will likely file a premises liability claim. This is designed to hold property owners accountable for keeping their properties safe and clean – and notifying customers, social guests or employees of potential hazards.
This duty of care, however, only applies to people using the property legally. In South Carolina, a property owner is not held responsible for a slip and fall injury if the victim used the property incorrectly or outside the hours of operation. For instance, if a trip and fall accident occurred on a playground when it was closed, the property owner is not to blame.
If your accident occurred on another person’s property due to unsafe conditions, your attorney will likely file a premises liability claim. Dangerous conditions may include the following:
- Faulty elevators or escalators
- Falling merchandise or debris
- Poor lighting
- Inadequate security
- Obstructed walkways
- Violation of building codes
- Poor maintenance
Slips and falls account for over one million emergency room visits each year, making them the leading cause of Workers’ Compensation claims according to the National Floor Safety Institute. This statistic is even more alarming: 15% of all accidental deaths nationwide are the result of some form of slip and fall accident (U.S. Department of Labor).
While accidents can’t always be prevented, these tips can help decrease the likelihood of painful slips, trips and falls.
- Watch out for wet or freshly-waxed floors and uneven pavement.
- Exercise extra caution during hazardous weather conditions, such as snow or sleet.
- Wear proper footwear.
- Avoid poorly-lit areas, including hallways and sidewalks.
- Be mindful of signage, like “Wet Floor” signs.
- Use handrails when available.
- Keep an eye out for cords or cables.
If you’re not sure which steps to take after your slip and fall accident, let our law firm help. Get in touch today to schedule your free consultation with a premise liability attorney!