Charleston Premises Liability Attorneys
Holding Property Owners Responsible in Charleston, Summerville, and the Surrounding Areas
Property owners have a duty to ensure that their premises are safe for visitors and guests. That means they must timely address any hazardous conditions that could lead to injury-causing accidents. If they fail to uphold their duty and someone gets harmed on their property, they may be held financially responsible, and the victim could pursue a personal injury claim under premises liability laws. Unfortunately, these types of matters can be complicated, as the person taking legal action must prove their case, and not all accidents occurring on another's property warrant a lawsuit. Thus, if you've suffered harm on someone else's property, seek legal counsel as soon as possible.
At Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A., our Charleston premises liability lawyers have extensive experience helping victims build and present compelling arguments for their cases. We know the legal system well and can skillfully guide you through every step in your matter. Our team recognizes the hardships you may be facing during this difficult time – not only are you recovering from your injury, but you may also be suffering financial burdens because of the high medical costs for treatment. That is why we will provide the compassionate representation you need. Working diligently, we can seek to recover just compensation on your behalf.
What Are the Property Owner's Responsibilities?
To ensure that their premises are safe for others, certain property owners must continually inspect the area. If they notice any defects, malfunctions, or hazardous conditions, they must take action to prevent any harm from arising. That could mean that they immediately put up a sign warning visitors of the dangerous situation or that they get started on repairs right away.
The duty of care the property owner owes visitors depends on the guest's status at the time of the accident.
South Carolina recognizes four visitor statuses:
- Adult trespassers
All guests, besides trespassers, are owed a high duty of care. If any person was lawfully on the premises and was hurt in an accident that was otherwise preventable, they may have legal grounds to pursue a lawsuit.
The lowest level of care is owed to trespassers. This is because the individual is unlawfully on the property, and the owner had no reason to believe they were there or that notification needed to be given for a hazardous condition. Thus, if a trespasser is injured on the property, it is unlikely they'll be entitled to compensation for damages they sustained on another’s property.
At Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A., our premises liability attorneys represent victims in Charleston, Summerville, and the surrounding areas. If you were harmed on someone else's property, speak with us about your case. We will evaluate the situation and discuss your legal options.
Where Do Premises Liability Accidents Occur?
Anywhere a person has ownership of property is a location that could give rise to a premises liability claim, provided that an injury-causing accident occurred there because of the owner's negligence.
Places where premises liability accidents can happen include, but are not limited to:
- Amusement parks
- Construction sites
- Parking lots
- Retail stores
- Swimming pools
Just as there are several places a premises liability accident can occur, so too are there various causes. For example, failure to fix broken lighting in a parking garage can make it difficult for a patron to see obstacles in their path. Or not repairing broken railings on staircases can cause someone to lose their balance and fall.
Wherever your accident occurred and whatever the reason, our Charleston premises liability lawyers are here to listen and determine a course of action for your case.
How Do You Prove Premises Liability?
When you bring a premises liability case, you have the burden to prove that the property owner is financially responsible for damages you incurred.
You must show that:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care
- They breached that duty by failing to address hazards in a reasonable time
- You were injured because of the breach
To prove your case, you must provide evidence, such as witness testimony, reports, and medical records. This part of the process can be overwhelming, especially when you are trying to recover from your injuries. That is why our premises liability attorneys in Charleston will take care of all the details for you. We'll collect and preserve available evidence and ensure the necessary paperwork is timely filed.
Reach Out to Our Firm Today
If you were injured on someone else's property, Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A. is here to help you understand your legal options. We'll explain the steps involved in seeking compensation and how we can guide you throughout. Our team will remain focused on protecting your rights and best interests.