Premises liability is a legal responsibility that property owners have to their visitors. The goal of premise liability is to ensure that all property owners have a specific duty of care that protects any visitors to their property from potential hazards. Premises liability also establishes that property owners are responsible for warning visitors of any potential risks and maintaining a safe property. 

The Common Types of Premises Liability Cases in South Carolina

Premises liability law in South Carolina covers a variety of situations in which the property owner is legally responsible for an accident or injury on their premises. The most common types of premises liability cases involve:

  • Slip and falls
  • Dog bites
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Falling objects
  • Fires
  • Elevator accidents

Proving Fault in South Carolina Premises Liability

For a plaintiff to prove that the defendant is liable for the injuries suffered, they must show the following:

  • The defendant owned or controlled the premises.
  • The defendant was negligent in taking reasonable steps to ensure that visitors on their property were safe.
  • The plaintiff suffered an injury due to the property owner's negligence.

South Carolina follows a comparative fault system. If both parties are found partially at fault for an incident that caused injury, the damages awarded will be proportionately reduced based on each party's degree of responsibility.

Time Limits for Filing a Claim in South Carolina

If you have been injured on someone else's property in South Carolina due to their negligence, you must file a claim within three years of the incident, but it's always best to file the claim as soon as possible. If you wait longer than three years, chances are the court will not accept your case, and you could be denied compensation for your damages.

Contact a Charleston Premises Liability Attorney Today

If you've been injured on someone else's property, you can file a claim to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. 

The team at Lesemann & Associates is ready to help clients injured due to a property owner's negligence. If you or a loved one needs help with a premises liability claim in South Carolina, contact us today. We will review the details of your situation and provide guidance on how best to proceed.