Slip and Fall Lawyers in Myrtle Beach, SC
Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of premises liability claim, but there are many other types of premises liability claims based on injuries caused by unsafe or defective conditions on a person or business’s property.
The slip and fall accident lawyers on the Axelrod team have the experience you need to recover full and fair compensation in any type of premises liability case, including:
- Slip and fall accidents,
- Trip and fall accidents,
- Elevator and escalator accidents,
- Dog attacks,
- Swimming pool injuries and deaths,
- Amusement park or water park injuries and deaths,
- Water leaks and flooding,
- Toxic fumes or chemical leaks,
- Assaults caused by inadequate security, and
- Accidents caused by inadequate maintenance.
What is Premises Liability in SC?
Premises liability is when a property owner is responsible for an unsafe condition that causes injury to an invitee or a licensee on their premises.
The property owner is negligent when they breach a duty of care to the visitor. The duty of care that a property owner owes to visitors in SC depends on the visitor’s status:
An invitee is on the premises due to the express or implied invitation of the property owner. A property owner owes a duty of care to make their premises reasonably safe for invitees, who may include:
- Patrons or customers of a store,
- Someone who comes into a store to use the restroom, and
- Employees or others who have been invited to work on the premises.
The property owner has a duty to keep their premises safe for invitees, to warn invitees of any dangers that the property owner is aware of, and to correct unsafe conditions whenever possible.
A licensee is someone who has the property owner’s express or implied permission to be on the property – they haven’t been invited, but the property owner allows them to enter the premises for the licensee’s benefit and not the property owner’s benefit.
For example, a salesperson who enters a grocery store to market their product to the owner or manager is a licensee, not an invitee.
The property owner still owes a duty of care to a licensee, although it is not as high a duty of care as with an invitee, and the property owner must warn a licensee of dangerous or unsafe conditions on the premises.
A trespasser is someone who was not invited and does not have permission to be on the property. In most cases, the property owner does not owe a duty of care to a trespasser and is not liable for a trespasser’s injuries unless the property owner causes injury to the trespasser intentionally.
Trespassing children may be treated differently, depending on the facts of a case. A property owner may be liable for injuries to children under the theory of “attractive nuisance” when:
- The property owner should have known children would be attracted to the property,
- There are dangerous conditions on the premises (like a swimming pool or abandoned amusement park ride), and
- The children are injured after trespassing.
Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys in Myrtle Beach, SC
Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of premises liability claim. Slip and fall or trip and fall injuries can be caused by:
- Spills on a business’s floor,
- Snow or ice on sidewalks or entryways,
- Inventory left on the floor where customers will trip over it,
- Defective conditions or failure to maintain sidewalks, stairs, or doorways,
- Loose rugs, carpets, or thresholds, or
- Power cords or other obstacles left where customers can trip over them.
A business owner is negligent when they know or should have known that there was a dangerous condition, and it was reasonably foreseeable that the condition would cause injury to customers or others on the premises.
Negligence can be proven when a property owner:
- Fails to inspect the property to discover unsafe conditions,
- Fails to act to remedy an unsafe condition once they know about it,
- Fails to post warnings that would prevent injury (“wet floor,” or “danger – do not enter”), or
- Fails to provide management, staff, or supervision that would have caught the dangerous condition before someone could be injured.
For example, if a customer in a grocery store drops a bottle of salad dressing that shatters, covering the floor with slippery liquid, and then another customer immediately steps in it, slips, and falls, the property owner may not be liable because 1) they were not on notice of the dangerous condition and 2) there was no time for store employees to clean it up.
On the other hand, if a customer drops a bottle of salad dressing that shatters, covering the floor with slippery liquid, and they tell an employee what has happened, the store is on notice that there is an unsafe condition. If the spill is not cleaned up, and if another customer steps in it, slips, and falls some time later, the property owner is liable because 1) they were on notice and 2) they did not take action to remedy the unsafe condition or to warn the public of the danger.
Swimming Pool Accident Lawyers in Myrtle Beach, SC
Similarly, if there is an unsafe condition that may lead to injury or death by drowning in a swimming pool, the property owner has a duty to make their pool safe by remedying the condition or preventing access to the pool.
Depending on the situation, hotels, motels, apartment complexes, and homeowners can be negligent by:
- Failing to employ lifeguards or failing to properly train lifeguards,
- Failing to secure the pool with fences, gates, and locks that would prevent access by unaccompanied children,
- Failing to clean the pool resulting in cloudy water or harmful bacteria in the water,
- Allowing too many swimmers in the pool at the same time, or
- Failing to maintain pool equipment like drains, pumps, ladders, diving boards, or slides.
Any unsafe condition on a person or business’s premises can result in a premises liability if, but for the property owner’s negligence, the injured person would not have been hurt.
If you have been injured due to a property owner’s negligence, the Myrtle Beach slip and fall lawyers at Axelrod & Associates may be able to help you to get maximum compensation for your injuries.