Even though you’ve likely seen these type of accidents as the punchline of a joke or sitcom, slip and fall accidents are no laughing matter. They can cause serious injury and long-term disability. In fact, according to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and falls account for more than one million hospital emergency room visits every single year. While some of these injuries are relatively minor and won’t result in lasting damage, 20-30% of all slip and fall accidents will result in moderate to severe injuries.
Unfortunately, slip and fall injury claims are some of the most difficult personal injury cases in South Carolina. This is because the burden of proof lies with the accident victim. In order to win your case, your South Carolina slip and fall accident lawyer must clearly establish beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- The property owner knew of the safety hazard or should have anticipated the hazard
- The property owner’s negligence caused the hazard
- The property owner ignored the safety hazard or failed to fix the hazard in a reasonable amount of time
- You sustained injuries as a result of the property owner’s negligence