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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports several million injuries from unintentional falls each year, including more than 30,000 fatalities. Slip and falls might occur at home, at work, or while going about day-to-day errands and activities. Not all slip and fall injuries are serious and require legal action, but injuries that have caused someone to incur losses and occurred on another party’s property require the guidance of an experienced slip and fall attorney.
If you were involved in a slip and fall accident, you might be eligible to recover damages related to your injury if a South Carolina court finds the property owner breached a duty of care to you. South Carolina law provides a three-year statute of limitations to take legal action from the date of injury, so it may be important to contact a slip and fall attorney as soon as possible. Call (843) 881-8644 for a free consultation to discuss the details of your injuries with one of the skilled slip and fall lawyers at Hughey Law Firm in Greenville.
The attorneys at Hughey Law Firm have extensive experience negotiating, settling, and litigating personal injury lawsuits, including those that involve slip and fall accidents. Recent cases include recovering almost $500,000 for a client who suffered falls at a nursing home, $435,000 for a client who fell at a restaurant because of a rolled up floor mat, $425,000 for a client who slipped and broke an ankle, $415,000 for a client who fell at a church, and $375,000 for a client who fell on a poorly maintained section of a sidewalk. These are examples of past cases and do not guarantee results in any particular case, but the legal team at Hughey Law Firm will diligently pursue the best outcome for the individual circumstances of your slip and fall accident.
A wide variety of unintentional falls might result in injury, but slip and falls usually include a victim losing their balance and falls. Yes, that might mean slipping on a wet floor or sidewalk, but it can also include tripping over an unexpected obstruction or losing your balance because of a loose railing or banister. Here are some of the more common culprits that can lead to a slip and fall accident and injury:
Slip and fall accidents might result in a wide range of injuries, from bumps and bruises to life-threatening conditions. The CDC reports that more than 800,000 people per year are hospitalized for slip and fall accidents, most of which include a head injury or hip fracture. Some of the most common, severe injuries that result from falls include:
Under South Carolina law, when a person slips and falls on another party’s property and the court finds the property owner responsible, victims might be able to recover compensation for the following damages:
Property owners and their commercial or homeowners’ insurance carriers who are named in a slip and fall accident lawsuit typically want to avoid paying claims or damages. A common strategy they employ is to shift fault for the accident and injury to the victim. South Carolina is a so-called “modified comparative negligence” state, which means the court assigns a portion of fault to each party potentially responsible for an injury. The court reduces damages based on the percentage that a claimant is found to be responsible for his or her own injuries. If the injured party is more than 50 percent at fault, South Carolina law prohibits that party from recovering any compensation.
This modified comparative negligence rule gives defendants and their insurance companies an incentive to blame the victim, which they might try to do in one or more of the following ways:
An experienced slip and fall accident attorney understands and anticipates the strategies and tactics the defense might use to avoid compensating you fairly and completely for your injuries. If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident in the Greenville area, contact the legal team at Hughey Law Firm at (843) 881-8644 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the best path forward for your situation.
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