Slip-and-Fall and Other Premises Cases in Charleston, SC
When a victim falls and gets hurt or is otherwise injured on the property of another, the owner of the property may be responsible to the injured victim for personal injury damages.
The Law Offices of Gedney M. Howe, III, recognize that South Carolina law may tend to favor the property owner in many instances. The law firm works closely with clients to reconstruct what happened before and during the accident to help determine fault to show the courts or insurer.
The law permits a different standard of care for different people. In certain instances, the court does not expect a person responsible. That’s because South Carolina law differentiates between types of property visitors and the duty of care owed to them:
Invitees: Invitees are people who are invited to enter the premises for the commercial benefit of the party in possession of the property. Invitees are owed the highest duty of care.
Licensees: Licensees are people who are invited to a property for non-commercial purposes. Social guests are licensees. Licensees are afforded the middle standard of care.
Trespassers: Trespassers go upon the premises of another without any invitation at all. The court does not expect a person responsible for the premises to foresee risk to an uninvited person the same way it expects invitees to receive care.
If you were hurt on the property of another, contact the law firm as soon as possible.