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Charleston Premises Liability Lawyers

Property owners in South Carolina are legally obligated to maintain a reasonable degree of safety for visitors. When property owners fail to protect their guests from preventable accidents, they may be held responsible for injuries sustained by their guests. If you have been injured because of dangerous property conditions, you may be able to file a premises liability claim against the property owner or manager for dangerous or hazardous conditions on the property. At Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, our attorneys are experienced in determining who is responsible for the circumstances that led to your accident and can help you take the legal action necessary to pursue compensation.

Inadequate/Negligent Security Claims

In order to prevent criminal activity from occurring on their property, certain property owners and businesses must maintain an adequate level of security for their visitors. This means that security measures, such as lighting or security guards, should be used in some circumstances to deter criminal activity around businesses, including shopping centers, bars and clubs, apartment complexes, and the like. Though responsibility for the crime ultimately lies with the person who actually committed it, property owners may be held liable for failing to protect their guests under some circumstances. Our attorneys are experienced in investigating these claims and determining whether a business or property owner can be held liable for injuries resulting from a criminal act on the premises.

Slip, Trip, and Fall Claims

Property owners are expected to keep areas designated for walking clear of obstructions, spills, and any other hazards that might cause one of their guests to slip or trip and fall down. Property owners are also expected to comply with applicable building codes and can be held responsible when violation of a building code leads to an injury. The team at Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group has handled a wide variety of slip and fall and trip and fall cases and has the experience necessary to investigate your claim, partner with necessary experts, and develop and implement a strategy designed to establish liability and pursue compensation for your injuries and damages.

Elevator and Escalator Injuries

Elevator and escalator accidents are more common than most people might think. The consequences of such an accident can be catastrophic. The primary causes of elevator and escalator accidents are improper installation, inadequate maintenance, and negligent design. Such issues can cause door malfunctions, misleveling, misalignment, and sudden drops, stops, and falls. Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group has the knowledge and experience necessary to evaluate and handle claims arising from elevator and escalator accidents.

Deck, Porch, and Balcony Collapse

Injuries resulting from a deck, porch, or balcony collapse could have a variety of causes. Such potential causes include, but are not limited to, inadequate maintenance, faulty construction, violations of building codes, improper design, and defective materials. Injuries resulting from a deck, porch, or balcony collapse can be substantial. Depending on the cause of the collapse, it is possible that various people and/or entities could be held responsible – such as property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, property managers, and developers. Our team is experienced in determining the causes of these accidents and providing assistance in recovering for your injuries.

Stair or Stairway Collapse

In the same way that porches must be routinely maintained, stairways must undergo periodic inspections and repairs to ensure they do not collapse during normal, day-to-day use. Stairwells that fall into disrepair and collapse can cause serious injuries. When building owners fail to keep their stairwells in proper working condition, they can be liable for injuries suffered by users of the property. Additionally, in some circumstances, the companies or individuals responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing such stairways can be held liable for injuries sustained as the result of a collapse.

Dog Bites

South Carolina laws favor dog bite victims. South Carolina has laws that hold dog bite owners and handlers responsible for injuries caused by their dogs. Under the law, a dog owner or handler is liable for injuries caused by his or her dog, even if the dog’s owner or handler did not know or could not have known that the dog would inflict the injuries.  At Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, our attorneys have significant experience in handling dog bite cases.

Fires & Burns

The attorneys at Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group have experience in handling injuries and losses caused by fires and explosions. Examples of such incidents include structural fires (houses, apartment buildings, and offices), defective or negligently installed fire alarms and smoke detectors, electrical fires, construction accidents, or fires caused by defective products. Property owners, maintenance companies, contractors, developers, and businesses can be held responsible for these types of incidents. If you were harmed or suffered property loss in a fire that should have been prevented, or if you were not properly warned of an existing fire, you may be eligible to take action against the responsible parties.

Swimming Pool Injuries

Property owners that own and operate swimming pools are expected to take basic, but extremely important, precautions to protect their guests, particularly young children, while they are in and around the pool. They are also expected to comply with building codes, as well as all regulations concerning the operation, maintenance, and monitoring of swimming pools. Drowning accidents and swimming pool injuries can occur in private pools, hotels, motels, parks, water parks, retention ponds, and other locations when supervisors fail in their duties or when faulty gates, drains, filters, or other hazards endanger a swimmer who has entered an area that should have been restricted.

Consult with a Premises Liability Attorney in Charleston

If you or a loved one sustained an injury in a preventable accident that happened on someone else’s property, you should consult with an attorney at Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group about what legal action you may now be able to pursue against the property owner. To discuss the circumstances of your accident and learn more about what we’re ready to do to help you, please call our offices at (843) 720-0810 today.

The inclusion of specific practice areas on the Clawson & Staubes: Injury Group website is informational in nature and is not an exhaustive listing of the areas of law in which the attorneys at Clawson and Staubes practice. Nothing contained in this website is intended to compare the type or quality of our services to the type or quality of any other lawyer or law firm’s services or to imply specialization or certification by any organization not previously approved by the South Carolina or North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

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