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A slip and fall might occur going about your daily life at work, at home, at school, or about anywhere you can imagine. Older adults are especially at risk for a slip and fall accident and injuries. In fact, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) estimates that fall-related injuries among those over age 65 account for about 7,000 hospital stays and 25,000 emergency department visits in South Carolina each year. Fortunately, not all slip and fall injuries result in hospitalization or injury, and not all require the consult of an attorney. Yet, when someone sustains a severe injury from a slip and fall accident that was caused by a property owner’s failure to maintain a safe environment for visitors, victims need the expertise of seasoned slip and fall attorney.
If you or a loved one were injured in a slip and fall accident in the Florence area, you might be eligible for compensation related to losses caused by your injury if a South Carolina court returns a verdict in your favor in civil court. Under South Carolina law, you have three years bring suit against a property owner from the date of your slip and fall accident. Contact the skilled legal team at Hughey Law at (843) 881-8644 for a free case review to discuss your slip and fall accident and injuries and determine the best way forward for your situation.
The legal team at Hughey Law Firm has vast experience representing personal injury victims, including those who were injured in slip and fall accidents. Recent case results range from a $215,000 settlement for a client who needed surgery after a fall at a nursing home, to well over $400,000 for a client who fell at a restaurant and another who slipped and broke an ankle. These are only examples of past results, and cannot guarantee results for any particular case; nonetheless, the attorneys at Hughey Law Firm will carefully evaluate your case and fight for the best outcome for your slip and fall accident.
Many scenarios might lead to an unintentional fall that causes injury, but slip and falls typically include a victim losing their balance on a slippery or uneven surface or tripping over a hazard that results in a fall. Here are some of the common hazards that might cause a slip and fall accident:
Slip and fall victims might suffer a wide range of injuries that vary in severity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 800,000 per year end up in the hospital as a result of a slip and fall accident. Some of the most common slip and fall injuries include:
Victims who slip and fall an another party’s property and sustain injury can seek damages in civil court under South Carolina law. If the court finds that the landowner’s negligence caused the accident and injury, you might be able to recover the following damages:
When an individual property owner or business is named in a personal injury suit, they likely want to take every opportunity they can to avoid paying damages; this also includes insurance companies names in the suit. Often, defense strategies include claiming that the plaintiff is responsible for their injuries. South Carolina courts apply a modified comparative negligence rule to personal injury cases, meaning the court assigns a percentage blame to each party in the suit if they find the property owner was negligent. The court reduces damages by that percentage; if the defendant isn’t at least 50 percent at fault for injuries, South Carolina law bars the plaintiff from recovering damages.
Comparative negligence offers significant motivation for the defense to shift the blame to the plaintiff. Here are some of the more common tactics they might use to reduce or avoid liability:
An experienced slip and fall injury lawyer will advocate for you to receive full and fair compensation for your injuries, including fighting against defense tactics to avoid liability. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in or near Florence, contact Hughey Law Firm online or call at (843) 881-8644 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with one of our skilled slip and fall attorneys.
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