You prove negligence in a slip and fall accident by finding evidence that supports the following factors:
- The at-fault party owed people on their property (and, by extension, you) a duty of care.
- The at-fault party did not follow through with this obligation.
- You were injured due to the other party’s failure to uphold their duty of care.
- You suffered injuries and financial losses after getting hurt.
A Greenville personal injury lawyer from our firm can provide you with more information and resources to prove your case.
A Property Owner’s Responsibility Involves Keeping People Safe on Their Premises
According to South Carolina Annotated Code § 15-82-10, if you legally step foot on another person’s property (e.g., they invited you, you work there, or you visited to do business), then the property owner may be liable for any injuries you sustained on their property. This includes slip and fall injuries caused by:
- Slick spots
- Uncovered holes
- Overgrown grass or foliage
- Obstructions or cracks in walkways
- A failure to warn visitors about any of the above
The property owner must maintain their property well enough to notice and eliminate such hazards in a timely manner. If the owner hired someone else to maintain the property on their behalf, then that individual, as well as the owner, may be held liable for your injuries.
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You Need Evidence to Prove Negligence in Slip and Fall Accidents
To prove your case, you must show that the other party failed to honor their duty to keep you safe and that this failure caused you serious harm.
You can find evidence supporting these facts in:
- Surveillance video: A security camera may have caught your accident on tape.
- Medical records: Your doctor will have written down information about your injuries and any treatments you received for them.
- Eyewitness accounts: Anyone who saw you fall or who tried to help you afterward could serve as a witness.
Our legal team may be able to point you to other sources of evidence.
We Can Help Calculate the Damages You are Fighting for
Your goal in filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit is not just to hold another party accountable for their negligence. You are also seeking a fair amount of compensation to help you cover accident-related expenses. According to S.C. Ann. § 15-32-210, accident victims may sue for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages will cover money you lost due to:
- Loss of wages if your injuries prevented you from working for any length of time
- Loss of employment if your injuries cost you your job or prevent you from ever working in your chosen field again
- Medical expenses if your injuries were so serious that you needed to see a doctor, a pharmacist, or any other medical professional
- Miscellaneous expenses if your injuries prevented you from fulfilling your personal responsibilities (e.g., childcare), thus forcing you to hire someone else to do them for you
Non-economic damages will compensate you for physical and mental pain you experienced due to:
- Disability if your injuries cost you the use of an organ, an extremity, or any other body part
- Disfigurement if your injuries will not heal completely, leaving you with noticeable scar tissue
- Loss of consortium if your relationship with your spouse has worsened as a result of the accident
- Reduced quality of life if you will never again be able to live the way you want to
Our Team Can Offer You Legal Help with Your Case
If you are thinking of pursuing damages after a slip and fall accident, you can consult our legal team. Our attorneys work for a contingency fee, so money does not have to stand between you and the representation you want. You only have to pay attorney’s fees if and when you get your money.
In the meantime, our law firm will fight hard to secure the compensation that is rightfully yours. We can:
- Assign a value to your case
- Advise you about your legal options
- Collect evidence in support of your case
- Fill out all necessary paperwork
- Communicate with the liable party and their representatives on your behalf
- Meet with the insurance company for negotiations
- Draw up the settlement agreement
- Schedule trial dates
- Present your case before a judge and jury
- Make ourselves available to answer your questions
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