What Is Premises Liability?

Simply put, "premises liability" means that property owners may sometimes be held responsible for injuries that occur on their property. Under the law, the owner is supposed to maintain a relatively safe environment. When he or she is negligent and someone else gets injured, the victim can pursue compensation.

At the Law Office of Jason S. Stevens, LLC, we handle premises liability cases in Charleston and throughout the surrounding areas of South Carolina. If you or a loved one was injured due to unreasonably dangerous property conditions, let us provide the vigorous advocacy you need to pursue maximum compensation. Call 843-410-3953 for a free consultation with our attorney.

From Toxic Mold To Slip-And-Falls, We Can Help

Many different conditions can create an unsafe environment and lead to injuries. Premises liability cases may involve:

  • Slip-and-fall injuries due to wet floors or unsecured carpets
  • Trip-and-fall accidents due to defective staircases, missing railings or hidden extension cords
  • Dog attacks and injuries from other pets
  • Assaults, robberies and other harm due to inadequate security measures
  • Smoke inhalation and burns due to missing fire alarms
  • Swimming pool drownings due to poor supervision
  • Other types of accidents and injuries

Our firm obtained a $13.6 million* judgment for a family injured by mold inhalation in an apartment complex. This is yet another example of premises liability.

Who Is Protected?

South Carolina law recognizes four classifications of persons who come on other people's property: adult trespassers, invitees, licensees and children. How are these terms defined?

  • Adult trespassers are those who are not invited and enter the premises unlawfully. Owners are generally not legally responsible to protect the safety and welfare of adult trespassers.
  • Invitees enter premises that are open to the public at the express or implied invitation of the owner for business purposes. Invitees include restaurant and store patrons, meter readers, utility workers, repairmen and other workers who have been asked to work on the premises.
  • Licensees are those who have express or implied permission to be on the premises, although the property may or may not be open to the general public. They are not there for business. Licensees can be family friends, people who enter a store or restaurant to ask for directions or to retrieve something, etc.
  • Children may be tempted to enter the premises due to an attractive, although dangerous, condition (such as an uncovered swimming pool or a high pile of dirt). Although the children are technically trespassing, owners may sometimes be responsible for injuries.

Let Us Evaluate Your Case Today

If you think you may possibly have a premises liability case, don't wait to get a professional opinion from a lawyer. Turn to the Law Office of Jason S. Stevens, LLC, for a free initial consultation about your rights and options. Call us 24/7 at 843-410-3953 or contact us by email.

* As each case is unique, it must be evaluated on its own merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer's or a law firm's past results.