WHAT TO DO IF HURT ON
Premises liability is the legal theory that a property owner should keep his or her visitors safe. In South Carolina, these laws go much further than just this blanket statement. Ultimately, one main question exists to determine whether you may recover for your injury.
ARE YOU A "LICENSEE" OR AN "INVITEE"
A licensee is guest who is visiting for his/her own pleasure or purpose (e.g., a person at a friend's house for a party). A property owner owes a licensee the general duty to take reasonable care to protect guests from known dangerous property conditions. The owner can either fix these conditions or warn the licensee of the conditions.
An invitee is a person who is on the property as a benefit to the property owner (e.g., a patron at a Marlboro County gas station or a shopper at a Greenwood clothing store). An invitee is given more legal protection than a licensee. The land owner must go further than just taking reasonable care to prevent a visitor's harm from known conditions; he/she must also inspect the premises to ensure its safety.
HOW TO RECOVER FOR MY INJURIES
The good thing about our state, from the upstate to the midlands to the coast, is that South Carolina jurors will hold truly liable parties accountable for actual injuries. If you are unsure whether you have a claim, or if you would like to speak with Andrew about your injuries, please reach out to us by email or phone. A little guidance is all you may need. If you need more help, Andrew is happy to discuss representation.