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Understanding how premises liability civil lawsuits work

When a South Carolina property is not maintained for safety, those visiting the property can suffer from injuries. Whether indoors or outdoors, property owners are responsible for providing a safe space for guests. Premises liability laws are designed to protect people who are injured when on someone else’s property. In some cases, the injured party can pursue legal action against the property owner after an injury.

The basics of premises liability law

When someone is on another person’s property, whether it’s a private residence or a business, the owner has some responsibility for keeping the premises safe. The level of responsibility varies depending on the circumstances. The legal status of the injured person and their reasons for visiting the property can also determine whether the owner may be held legally liable for the injuries. Visitors may be categorized into invitees, employees, licensees, trespassers, and children.

When one is injured on someone else’s property, one should seek medical attention and inform the owner in a timely manner. Photographs of the premises where the injury occurred can be helpful when pursuing a case against the owner. A successful premises liability lawsuit can provide compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

Injured victims have the right to seek compensation

Victims of falls, animal attacks, inadequate security, and other injuries on another’s property have the right to speak with an attorney to see if they have cause to file a civil lawsuit against the owner. South Carolina property owners are supposed to ensure that their property is safe based on premises liability laws in the state. When they fail to do so, they may be required to compensate the victim based on the extent of their injuries.