North Augusta Slip and Fall Lawyers

If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall, it can really affect your life. You deserve to get compensation for your injuries and damages. Our North Augusta slip and fall lawyers can guide you through your claim every step of the way so get you the outcome that you deserve.

If you want to find skilled representation for your slip and fall case, please give our office a call right away to set up a free initial consultation. We will go over your case details and determine what the right course of action is for you to get the compensation you deserve.

South Carolina Slip and Fall Statute of Limitations

To ensure that your case is on the right path to getting fair compensation you really need to stay on it and hire a lawyer right away to start your case. The South Carolina statute of limitations says that you have three years from the date of your slip and fall to bring your claim or to have it settled in civil court.

If you miss your statute of limitations, you are not going to be allowed to collect a compensation award because this is a legal deadline. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you need to act as quickly as possible. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you, the better off you will be in pursuit of compensation.

Having three years to bring your claim doesn’t mean that you should delay talking to a lawyer. These cases cannot be built in a day; they take time to make strong. If you come to a lawyer the week before your statute of limitations runs out, they may not be able to help you. After some time, your witnesses may forget key details and your evidence may disappear.

How South Carolina Slip and Fall Compensation Works

IF you want to receive compensation for your damages and injuries, you should know how these compensation laws work. You will be getting compensated for three main factors:

  1. Past and future lost wages
  2. Past and future medical bills
  3. Past and future pain and suffering

You can often get property damage compensation in a personal injury case, since a slip and fall is bound to result in a shattered smart phone. If something like that has happened to you, you can be compensated for it.

Another thing that impacts your compensation is the role you played in causing your slip and fall accident. When someone is hurt in a slip and fall and it involved negligence, it is typically because there was a tripping or slipping hazard that was not addressed. In those circumstances, the property owner is the liable party.

If you were distracted when you get injured, you may be partially responsible for your slip and fall. South Carolina law states that if you are more than 50% at fault for the accident, you cannot be compensated; however, if you are only partially at fault, you will simply have a reduced compensation award.

Common Types of Injuries in a North Augusta Slip and Fall Accident

When someone slips and falls, it can vary in severity. Some people are fine to walk away with minimal injuries and sometimes there are fatalities from catastrophic accidents.

The most common types of slip and fall injuries that we see clients suffer include:

  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Bruising and scarring
  • Neck, head, or back injuries

The first thing that needs to happen is you have to get yourself in front of a medical care professional as soon as you can. Your injuries need to get treated right away to make sure that you are on the road to recovery. This is the most important step.

You do not want to delay seeking medical treatment after you have gotten injured. The liable party’s insurance company may be suspicious of that and try to reduce what they owe you. You should tell your doctor about everything that hurts so they know the full extent of your injuries. They will be able to make a report of all of your injuries so that we can take that as evidence to the liable party’s insurance company to show them what they owe you.

Frequently Asked Slip and Fall Questions

Should I give a recorded statement about my slip and fall caseShould I give a recorded statement about my slip and fall case?

I met with a client last week who had slipped and fell in a restaurant, injuring her back. The Liberty Mutual Insurance adjuster was calling her to get a recorded statement. She asked me if she should give that statement. If you’re reading this, you may have the same question. I’ll share with you the tips that I shared with her.

Never give a recorded statement in a slip and fall case in South Carolina to an insurance adjuster. These insurance adjusters are trained to get information that helps their case and hurts your case. They will use this information to either reduce your compensation in your case or deny your case.

If you have any questions about your slip and fall case in the state of South Carolina, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

How does a warning sign affect my slip and fall claim?

I heard from a lady from North Augusta, South Carolina, who slipped and fell at a restaurant in North Augusta. She called me to ask me what effect warning signs would have on her case. If you’re reading this, you may have similar questions. I told the client what I’m sharing with you today.

Warning signs can have an effect on the liability of a business owner in slip and fall cases. These warning signs, however, need to be displayed prominently where clients can see them and clients are not distracted. In my client’s case, the warning sign was around the corner, and her view was obstructed by the corner, and she could not see the warning sign until she got right to the corner and slipped and fell on the water.

If you have any questions about slip and fall cases or warning signs in the state of South Carolina, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

What mistakes should I avoid in my slip and fall case?

I had a client call me last week who had been injured in a slip and fall in a restaurant in Aiken, South Carolina. She was worried that she had made a couple mistakes in her case. If you’re reading, you may be having some of the same questions. I’ll share with you what the client shared with me and my advice and tips for this client.

The client relayed to me that she did not immediately report the accident to the restaurant owner. She was embarrassed and did not want to make a scene at the restaurant, and she did not know that her knee was injured as badly as it was. When she called the restaurant to inform them that she had injured her knee, her case was met with skepticism by the restaurant and the insurance company. The restaurant owner, however, passed the claim to an insurance agent, and this insurance agent and claims adjuster called the client and took the client’s recorded statement. This insurance adjuster tried to trick the client into saying that she could see the foreign substance on the floor, that it had just fallen, and that the restaurant had no notice of this foreign object on the floor. The client was hopeful that she did not say too many bad things that would be detrimental to the case.

First, you should immediately report a slip and fall, even if you don’t want to make a scene. Even if you don’t think that you’re badly injured, report it to the owner so they can get witness names and addresses and they can do an investigation that may be helpful. Second, do not give a statement to the adjuster. They’re trained to get information that is helpful to the insurance company’s case and hurtful to your case.

If you have any questions about your slip and fall case in South Carolina, give me a call. I’d be happy to help.

What should I do if I slip and fall on residential property in North Augusta?

Last week, I met with a client who had been injured by a faulty handrail and fell down twenty stairs and badly injured their face, neck, and knee. This fall happened in a hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. He asked me what kind of factors enter into his case in South Carolina for a faulty handrail. If you’re reading this, you may have similar questions. I’ll share with you what I shared with that client.

It’s important to hire a lawyer who has experience with defective stairways and handrails, as well as a lawyer who has experience in hiring building experts and building code experts that can point out flaws in the handrail and know rules and regulations of the state, city, county, and federal governments that can help define the exact handrail. Handrails are very important to keep people from falling down, and they’re usually built on stairways that have multiple stairs. A fall as a result of these handrail can cause devastating injuries.

If you have a case involving stairs or a faulty handrail, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

How do I select the best lawyer for my slip and fall claimHow do I select the best lawyer for my slip and fall claim?

I had a client call me last week. She was badly injured and broke her hip in a slip and fall in the Aiken Mall in Aiken, South Carolina. She asked me how she should choose a slip and fall attorney in South Carolina.  If you’re reading this, you may have the same question. I’ll tell you what I shared with my client.

I told her it’s important to interview the attorney personally. Meet with the attorney, and ask the attorney questions. Ask the attorney if personal injury is a core part of the attorney’s practice. Is personal injury and trial work a large focus of that attorney? Does he handle slip and fall cases? Does the attorney have access to expert witnesses that know the state and federal standards for building maintenance and the proper maintenance of floors, stairs, and handrails? Ask if that attorney tries cases. Ask whether the attorney has focus groups of all cases going to trial, or if they have focus jurors help craft the case for a successful trial.

I also recommended that the client do online research. Check the client reviews from Google reviews, Facebook reviews, Avvo reviews, and see what past clients are saying about the attorney. There are also lawyer-to-lawyer reviews in which other lawyers rate a lawyer’s ability. Lawyer-to-lawyer review sites include Super Lawyers, 100 Best Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell. See if this lawyer is respected by other lawyers.

If you have any questions about your slip and fall case in the state of South Carolina, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

Can I recover compensation if I slip and fall because of faulty stairs?

I had a client call me recently who slipped and fell on some stairs at a hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. She had badly injured her face, neck, and knee. She asked me whether she had a case in South Carolina for a faulty stairway. If you’re reading this, you may have similar questions. I’ll share with you what I shared with that client.

It’s very important to hire an attorney who has experience with stairway cases. There are city, county, state, and federal regulations that govern the building and maintenance of stairways. Stairways are very dangerous, if they’re not properly constructed, due to slope height and width of stairway. It’s important to hire an attorney that has access to experts that know these rules and regulations and can help determine whether the stairway is defective.

If you have any questions about a defective stairway in the state of South Carolina, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

How do I determine the value of my slip and fall claim?

I had a client call me about their slip and fall case in a hotel on I-20 in Aiken County. If you’re reading this, you may have the same question that this client asked me. The client asked, “How do you determine the value of a slip and fall case in North Augusta?” I’ll share with you what I shared with that client.

There are many different factors that go into the value of a slip and fall case in South Carolina. Such factors include:

  • What are the client’s injuries?
  • Were there witnesses to the fall?
  • What do the witnesses say?
  • What are the medical bills?
  • What are the lost wages?
  • What kind of notice did the property owner have of the defect that caused the fall?
  • What kind of responsibility does the insurance company admit that their insured business owner has in the case?

If you have any questions about the value of your slip and fall case or slip and fall cases in general in South Carolina, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

How long does it take to resolve a slip and fall case?

I had a client call me about a slip and fall they had at the Savannah River Pavilion in Green Jackets Stadium. They asked me how long it would take for them to resolve their slip and fall case. If you’re reading this, you may have the same question. I’ll tell you what I shared with that client.

The statute of limitations in South Carolina is three years, and the case needs to be settled within three years or a lawsuit needs to be filed. There are many different factors that go into how long a case takes to resolve. Some of those factors include:

  • How long is the medical treatment, and what kind of limitations does the client have?
  • What kind of insurance coverage does the business owner have?
  • What kind of fault or liability does the business owner have?
  • What kind of notice did they have of the defect that caused the fall?

If you have any questions about your slip and fall case in the state of South Carolina, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

Can I sue a municipality if I am injured due to a faulty sidewalk or curbCan I sue a municipality if I am injured due to a faulty sidewalk or curb?

A client contacted me, saying she had slipped and fallen on a raised sidewalk in Aiken, South Carolina. She asked me if she could make a claim for injuries. If you’re reading this, you may have a similar question. I’ll share with you what I shared with that client.

It’s important to put the city of Aiken (or a county or state) on notice of a potential claim. There are certain rules and regulations about making claims in the state of South Carolina against city, county, and state governments. It’s called an ante litem notice, and you have certain time limits within which you need to let them know you’ve been injured.

There are also issues evolving around that government’s notice of the raised sidewalk. If the sidewalk had injured other people or there had been an inspection and it was supposed to be repaired and the government did not repair it, you may have a claim. If you’ve been injured on a sidewalk in the state of South Carolina, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

Call Our North Augusta Slip and Fall Lawyers Today for a Free Consultation

If you or someone you love have been injured in a slip and fall, please get in touch with our North Augusta slip and fall lawyers right away to set up your free initial consultation. We work tirelessly to get our clients the results that they deserve. We are here to help you get the results that you deserve for your injuries and damages.

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