Most of us have experienced at least one trip or slip and fall in public. How do we react? We take a quick look around to make sure no one has seen us, get up and brush ourselves off, and go back to the business of the day. It can be a bit embarrassing, to be honest. If you are lucky, this type of accident doesn’t leave you injured — but more often than not, it will.
In more severe cases, you can experience contusions, broken bones, or even traumatic brain injury. When this happens, you need an Auger & Auger Myrtle Beach premises liability attorney advocating for your rights. We know that it is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain their establishment and grounds and protect visitors from injury. When an unsafe condition is the cause of your injury, you have the right to seek compensation.
Auger & Auger believes that being informed is important. Knowing your classification as a visitor to someone’s property can help you determine how to proceed after a premises liability injury. Whether at the workplace, in someone’s home, or on business property, the injuries are almost always 100% preventable according to the National Safety Council.
You are more than a customer or client when you visit a business. Under South Carolina law, there are four classifications of persons entering a property, and the one you fall under matters when it comes to our personal injury case.
Under typical circumstances, you will be either an invitee or a licensee. In both of these classifications, you have the permission of the property owner to enter their grounds or building. You have every right to be there, with the assumption that the property is free of hazards and any dangerous areas are clearly marked.
We don’t often think of tripping and falling as anything more than a slight humiliation. According to research conducted by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), these accidents can have serious consequences.
NFSI says that more than 1 million people visit the emergency room each year to be treated after falling and hurting themselves — in fact, falls ranks as the number one cause of premise injuries. Nearly 50,000 people experience a fracture and when it comes to injury related to an accident.
Our experience in South Carolina premises liability cases tells us that people often fail to file claims because they did not realize they were injured. A person rarely seeks medical care after a slip and fall — unless it is obvious they need medical attention. It is vital that you file an incident report with the business manager and check-in with a doctor or urgent care clinic in case there has been damage which is not readily apparent.
At Auger & Auger, we know that a victim may believe they are fine, only to discover painful injuries days or weeks after the incident. You may know that your pain is related to your fall, but it can be difficult to legally prove. That is why it is so important to seek medical attention immediately and to take as many pictures of the scene as you can.
Under South Carolina Code of Law Title 15, you have up to three years to file a claim against the owner of a property. Protect your right to compensation by seeking an expert medical diagnosis following your accident.
When the owner of a property does not adhere to a duty of care, our Myrtle Beach premises liability attorney will stand in your corner. We know how quickly medical bills can add up, and how financially devastating it can be to be forced to take time off work.
Auger & Auger has been fighting for the rights of victims for over four decades, and personal injury is all we do. Our A&A Zero Fee Guarantee™ ensures you that we don’t get paid until you do. We are passionate advocates and will put our knowledge and experience to work for you. Call 866-932-0252 for a free consultation with our Myrtle Beach premises liability attorney!