A slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident can happen anywhere. When you slip or trip on something, your body is sent crashing down to the unforgiving ground. This can cause you to break a bone, hit your head, or experience a serious injury.
Many South Carolina slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents are completely avoidable. If a property owner had taken a little bit of care or caution, you may not have to endure the pain you now face. Also, you would not have had to cope with the high medical costs to treat your serious injury.
Getting the person responsible for your slip and fall injury to pay is critical. Unfortunately, it is not always easy.
One of the first things you must do after a South Carolina slip and fall accident is show that negligence caused the fall. To do this, it may help to understand some of the most common causes of these accidents:
- Slippery floors. If a floor was recently mopped or waxed, or if there was a spill that was not immediately attended to, it can create a hazardous surface for you to walk on. This can easily cause you to slip and fall.
- Cluttered walkways. Clutter in walkways may not be easy to see. If clutter that should have been cleaned up or taped off is blocking your way and you trip, it could cause a serious injury.
- Loose flooring. Loose flooring can move underneath you when you walk on it. If you slip on some, you can land hard and experience a serious injury.
- Uneven sidewalks. Uneven sidewalks or flooring can be difficult to detect and must have a warning sign nearby to alert people to the hazard. If there is no warning, you risk falling.
- Potholes. Parking lot potholes should be attended to as quickly as possible to avoid trips. If a pothole was not attended to or warned of and you fell, you may be seriously injured.
- Torn carpeting. Carpet tears can be very difficult to see. If not properly marked, they can easily cause an accident.
Slip and fall accidents in South Carolina are frequently caused by a property owner’s negligence. If a property owner did not take reasonable preventative measures to warn you of a hazard, you may be able to file a claim so that the owner covers the costs of your medical expenses. Proving negligent property maintenance is rarely easy, and it usually requires the help of a skilled slip and fall lawyer in Spartanburg. Call us today toll free at 888-230-1841 or 864-582-0416 to learn more about how we may be able to help you with your claim.