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Slip & Fall Accidents

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and falls (or trip and falls) account for over one million hospital emergency room visits per year.

Similarly, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials account for more than 2 million fall injuries each year.

Many of these falls are a result of defects on a property or dangerous conditions. Many different types of injuries can be suffered from these accidents. A few examples include head injury, back injury, and broken bones.

In South Carolina, premises liability litigation (often called slip-and-fall) is difficult to pursue, given the heavy legal requirements placed on Plaintiffs to show liability. However, the attorneys at Coastal Law handle these types of injury cases.

The Basics of

Slip & Fall

Common Injuries from Slip & Fall

There are many types of injuries that can occur in a slip and fall. Some are minor, involving bumps and bruises. Others are more severe, involving back injuries, head injuries, and serious injury to pregnant victims.

Here is a list of some of the types of injuries that we see with slip and fall cases:

  • back pain
  • back injury including herniated discs
  • broken bones
  • injuries during pregnancy, including miscarriages
  • head injury
  • knee injury

Grocery Store Slip & Falls

Many of these accidents happen at grocery stores, such as Wal-Mart. The constant flow of people can cause major hazards to other shoppers. The accident can be caused by many different things. Some may involve spills by other customers. Others may involve spills by employees or concealed hazards.

Even if the hazard is caused by another shopper, the grocery store may be at fault! Do not make the mistake of thinking there is nothing you can do to right the wrong committed against you.

If this happens to you, make sure you take a look around at the area you are in. Is there a wet floor sign? If there isn’t, this can be very important to your case! If a store knows or should have known that a slip and fall hazard was present and did not put out a sign, they may have a legal problem.

What should you do if this happens to you?

If you ever find yourself in this situation, there are a few things you should know:

  • Make sure you properly document the facts
  • Take photographs of the property, especially the area where the accident occurred
  • Ask for an incident report or video surveillance
  • Seek the names and contact information of any witnesses

If you are a victim in a slip-and-fall accident or know someone who has been injured on a property somewhere in Horry CountyConway, or Myrtle BeachSouth Carolina, it is a good idea to consult a lawyer to properly evaluate your case and fight for your legal rights.

Slip and Fall Settlement Amounts

If another party is found to be at fault in your case, the settlement amount is probably the most important part of your case to you. This amount can vary depending upon the severity of the harm you suffered, the danger of the hazard, and other facts of your case.

A few of the things that are used to calculate your damages include past medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and incidental expenses.

Let Us Represent You

Slip & Fall

Slip-and-fall (premises liability) cases have a legal requirement to prove legal liability. This area of the law can be very complex and confusing. Consulting with an attorney can help you to understand your case.

From dealing with your hospital bills to taking on the insurance companies to litigation, the attorneys at Coastal Law, LLC have represented numerous clients in slip and fall situations and will fight on your behalf.

If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident in Horry County, Conway, or Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, contact Coastal Law today at (843) 488-5000 to speak with an attorney to discuss the accident.

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