It is reasonable to expect that when you visit a residential or commercial property, you will be safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. When property owners fail to keep their property free from hazards or fail to warn others of potential hazards, people can get injured. If this happens, the property owner can be held liable for the injuries and damages that an individual suffered.
If you have been injured on another’s property, you may be eligible to seek compensation. With Joye, Nappier, Risher, & Hardin on your side, you benefit from decades of experience in personal injury law as well as personal service designed to help you make informed decisions about your future.
To learn more about your case, call (843) 357-6454 and talk to a Murrells Inlet premises liability lawyer at our firm. We also serve Horry County!
Types of Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability claims cover a wide range of accidents that can occur on someone’s property. One of our experienced attorneys can help determine who may be able to be held liable for damages depending on the facts of your case.
Common premises liability claims involve:
- Slip and falls
- Negligent security
- Falling objects
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
Simply put, the owner of the property is expected to take reasonable measures to prevent and correct hazards or to warn visitors of potential hazards they may experience.
Types of Visitors
One of the biggest factors in your premises liability case is what kind of visitor you were. This determines the level of care that the owner owed you and is a factor in the amount of compensation you could receive.
South Carolina categorizes visitors as:
- Invitees: Those who have entered the property with the owner’s direct or implied invitation. An example would be customers or hotel guests. The owner owes this type of visitor the highest level of care.
- Licensees: Those who have entered the property with the owner’s consent. An example would be a social guest. The owner owes this type of visitor a high level of care.
- Adult trespassers: Those who have entered the property without the owner’s permission. The owner does not owe a level of care, other than purposely causing the trespasser to be injured.
- Children: An owner is responsible to take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of a child who may wander onto the property. An example would be putting a fence around a swimming pool.
Find out whether you may be eligible to pursue compensation. Contact our firm in Murrells Inlet, SC at (843) 357-6454 today. Proudly serving Horry County and Murrells Inlet!
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