Columbia Premises Liability Attorneys

Property owners in the United States are expected to ensure that the upkeep of their premises is maintained to a reasonable standard. This expectation is intended to help safeguard the health and safety of those who live on or visit the property. Unfortunately, as we at the Goings Law Firm, LLC, know, far too many property owners in Columbia neglect their responsibility to maintain their premises, instead allowing dangerous conditions that can have serious consequences for victims to develop.

Unsafe properties can cause a victim to sustain a wide range of injuries, from head and brain injuries to broken bones to paralysis and more. In order to ensure that victims of unsafe properties do not have to face all the costs of their accident and injuries on their own, negligent property owners and managers are held accountable for the harm their unsafe property causes through premises liability laws. These laws allow victims to file premises liability lawsuits, which may provide much-needed financial compensation.

If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property in Columbia, Goings Law Firm, LLC can help you get the money you deserve. Call us today at (803) 350-9230 to schedule a free case evaluation.

Do I Need a Premises Liability Lawyer?

Whether a property is residential or commercial, you are right to expect that the premises you are on are safe, or that you will be warned about dangers if they are not. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. When an unmaintained or dangerous property puts you in harm’s way, you could easily be hurt. Injuries, no matter the severity, are commonly accompanied by pain, medical expenses, and potentially lengthy healing periods. When an injury is serious enough, it could force you to miss work, lose crucial income, and permanently compromise your ability to make a living. If someone’s negligence has harmed you, you have the right to take action.

While you have the option to file an injury claim independently, representation by an experienced injury lawyer is your best chance to recover the full compensation you deserve. By taking legal action, you may significantly increase your ability to access crucial medical care and other financial resources. In addition to recovering much-needed compensation, legal action can force a negligent property owner to be more mindful about maintenance in the future, so that no one else gets hurt. Lawyers give accident victims a much better chance of recovering the compensation they are entitled to, because lawyers know the law, understand how to gather evidence, and have experience negotiating for settlements with insurance agents or attorneys.

Why Hire Goings Law Firm, LLC to Handle My Case?

The Columbia legal team at Goings Law Firm, LLC understands that our clients are often going through an extremely difficult time in their lives, and we do not take the trust placed in our firm for granted. Quality representation makes a crucial difference in recovering injury-related financial losses, which is why we approach each case with tenacity and unparalleled attention to detail. Over the years, we’ve come to understand that a serious injury to one person often impacts an entire family. With this in mind, we aim to give our clients the best chance at recovery possible, both physically and financially. Our team has recovered over two million dollars in settlements and trial verdicts for premises liability cases alone.

We bring many years of experience and an unrelenting commitment to justice to the table. Injuries and the complications that come along with them can be overwhelming, but if you don’t have to struggle through them alone. Our attorneys strive to ensure that the physical and financial consequences of your injuries do not have the power to ruin your future plans. To fight for the compensation you and your family deserve, entrust your case to an experienced lawyer at Goings Law Firm, LLC.

Premises Liability Lawsuits

Both a person’s age and ability can influence how vulnerable they are to becoming injured on an unsafe property. The injuries that victims can sustain range from minor burns and lacerations to serious head injuries and even paralysis. There are many ways in which a property can be unsafe and cause an accident. However, some of the most common accidents and injuries that lead to premises liability claims are:

Even oversights like insufficient lighting can cause serious tripping hazards. Regular maintenance and a commitment to responsiveness help property owners and managers keep their premises safe for all people. Whether you have suffered these or any other premises liability issues, you may be owed compensation and justice for the undue harm you have suffered.

What To Do After a Premises Liability Accident

The steps you take following a premises liability accident can seriously impact the outcome of your injury claim. While each case is different, the following will help protect your rights so that you have the greatest chance of holding the at-fault parties accountable:

  • Document the scene – If you are not in urgent need of medical care, document the scene of the accident. Photographing the hazard from different angles, and keeping any clothing you wore at the time of the accident, will help your lawyer’s investigation.
  • File report – If you’ve fallen at a commercial property, report your injuries to the facility manager. Many businesses have an accident report form you will be able to fill out. Depending on the seriousness of your injuries, it may also be wise to contact police or other emergency services.
  • Go to the doctor – Seek the medical treatment that you need. Even if the incident did not leave you with obvious injuries, like a broken bone, having a doctor examine you can help mitigate any potential medical or legal issues that may arise later. For example, some head injuries do not show symptoms until days later, putting victims at serious risk if they do not seek early treatment.
  • Reach out to a lawyer – Contact a skilled injury lawyer near you. If you are serious about filing an injury claim, it is imperative that you do not speak to any insurers before consulting with an attorney. This can hurt your chances of recovering compensation related to your injury. An attorney can evaluate your situation and give you a comprehensive understanding of your legal options moving forward.

S.C. Code section 15-3-530 gives victims in South Carolina three years to file a claim if they’ve been hurt by the carelessness of another person. Nonetheless, taking action as soon as possible is your best chance of promptly recovering the compensation that you need. Hospital bills and lost wages are often a significant financial hit to South Carolina families, so the sooner you can get the compensation you deserve, the better.

Protect Yourself Against the Opposition

Understand that many property owners will not welcome the prospect of legal consequences. Property owners and their insurance companies may attempt to offset the blame for an accident or dismiss a victim’s claim in the following ways:

  • Assumption of Risk – Despite dangerous conditions on a premises, the property owner may argue that these conditions were evident and that, even knowing of the dangers, you chose to proceed.
  • Being Unaware of Danger – Property owners may argue that they were not aware that there was a hazard to address on their premises. Whether this is a valid defense will depend on your status as a visitor. If you were an invitee, meaning you were on the property for the owner’s economic benefit (i.e. shopping at a store) then the owner has a duty to inspect their property for any dangers, and this defense may not apply. If you were a licensee, meaning you were on the property for your own benefit (i.e. as a house guest) or a trespasser, the owner does not have a duty to inspect their property for danger, but you may still be able to argue that the owner knew about the danger.
  • Comparative Negligence – A property owner may attempt to shift some of the blame to the victim by saying that they helped cause their own injury. They may suggest, for example, that you did not pay sufficient attention or acted in a reckless manner at the time of your injury. In South Carolina, even if you are found partially at fault, you can still recover compensation as long as you were 50% or less at fault, but your award will be reduced according to your percentage of fault.
  • Trespassing – Under premises liability law, property owners or managers do not owe any legal protections to trespassers. The exception to this is for children trespassers who may not understand the dangers of certain attractive nuisances like swimming pools.

A skilled lawyer can help protect you against these defenses so that the blame for injuries is placed where it belongs.

Contact a Premises Liability Lawyer in Columbia

No one should have to pay for the consequences of a property owner’s negligence on their own. As such, if you have suffered injuries on someone else’s property, call (803) 350-9230 today or contact us online to discuss filing a premises liability lawsuit and holding that property owner responsible. Our legal team at the Goings Law Firm, LLC, has the experience and resources needed to make sure that negligent property owners do not escape the consequences of their actions.

Testimonials

100 stars! Mr. Goings and his staff did an amazing job in handling my case! They were with me every step of the way and made sure my case was handled with my best interest at heart! The process could not have been any easier. I am forever grateful to Mr. Goings and his team. South Carolina’s best attorney!

- Tiffany AL

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- Jason D

After representing me after I fell down the stairs at work and injured my back, I would recommend the Goings Law Firm to handle any personal injury matter. Robert and Jessica made me feel like my case mattered to them and that my goals were their goals. They were tireless advocates for me yet they were also willing to be upfront and honest in their assessments of my options going forward. I never felt pressured to choose one course of action over the other. They treated my case like their own.

- Anonymous

Mr. Goings is an outstanding attorney. Dealing with a personal injury case can be frustrating and quite stressful. Mr. Goings and his office took care of my case with the upmost compassion and professionalism. They treated me like family. Mr. Goings is hard-working and determined to fight for his clients’ rights. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a personal injury attorney.

- Anonymous

When I looked for an attorney for my bad car accident, I read the reviews for the Goings Law Firm. This firm had great reviews so I contacted them. Thankfully, Mr. Goings took my case and fully explained the process to me and he took the worry out of my mind. Before hiring him, I tried to settle my case with the insurance company on my own, but I was low balled- Mr. Goings and his office got me a lot more than I ever imagined. A big thanks to his office!

- Anonymous

The Goings Law Firm went above and beyond assisting me after a serious auto accident. Robert Goings and Katie Gould were thorough and kind explaining every step of the process to me, sometimes more than once. Robert was persistent and professional making sure that we received the highest allowable compensation from all parties. I could not have been more pleased with the overall outcome.

- Car Accident Client

It has been a great experience having you represent my family as Our Attorney. I have learned a lot, and have come to understand the importance of good counsel. You and your team are the best. You guys are officially our family Law Firm. Thanks Robert.

- Workers’ Comp Client

Words cannot adequately express my gratitude for Robert Goings, and his amazingly talented team at Goings Law Firm, LLC. Mr. Goings was always genuinely concerned about my health, and overall well-being, was instrumental in recommending the best medical treatment plan for my injury, and most importantly, he treated me as if I were family. Mr. Goings was extremely attentive to every detail regarding my case, and he executed professional results and recovery, well beyond my greatest expectation.

- Slip and Fall Client

Robert Goings was my lawyer when I was in a terrible car accident caused by a drunk driver. I would not be where I am today without Robert and his staff. He worked very hard for me and was with me from the beginning to the end. He stuck to his word and got me the compensation that I deserved. I really appreciate what Robert and his office has done for me.

- Personal Injury Client

Mr. Goings worked tirelessly to resolve my husband’s case, despite the fact my husband wasn’t always the best client, and we still ended up with the best possible outcome because, in my opinion, we had the best attorney. Robert Goings is a professional, caring, experienced attorney with an amazing paralegal, Katie, and a wonderful support staff. If you need legal representation, The Goings Law Firm is the only call you need to make.

- Personal Injury Client

Mr. Goings stood up for my Constitutional Rights. He is a not your typical lawyer and you can trust him like a friend. His staff is very friendly, accommodating, and helpful throughout the entire process.

- Anonymous

Mr. Goings welcomed me in as family, he kept in contact with me about my case all the way to the end.. He works very hard to get justice.. Him and his team is very polite and hard workers.. He deserve more then 5 stars if I had to do it all over again he would be the call.. If anyone is looking for a personal injury lawyer he would be the right person to call don’t hesitate to call.. I thank him and his staff so much for everything they have done for me.

- Personal Injury Client

Hands down one of the BEST attorneys in the state!! Robert Goings exceeded all of my expectations. He welcomed me and my daughter with open arms and he kept me informed every step of the way. I knew exactly what was going on in my case and I really like that about him. His entire staff was awesome and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a personal injury attorney. I guarantee you, you will be very pleased with Mr. Goings. Honestly, he definitely deserves more than 5 stars!!

- Personal Injury Client

After being rear ended in a car accident, I needed help navigating the insurance settlement. Having never needed the services of an attorney, I was very anxious about the whole process. Robert Goings & his staff were excellent to work with; at no point did I question my decision or feel that we would achieve anything less than the best possible settlement. I would never hesitate to recommend him to family, friends or strangers!

- Car Accident Client

Goings Law Firm was very helpful and patient with me. Goings Law Firm educated me about the legal side of things and help me understand my case. I would recommend Goings Law Firm to anyone.

- Workers’ Comp Client

Mr. Goings was caring and professional during a very difficult time in my life. I was faced with the sudden loss of my mother in a car accident, and Robert took the time to talk to me and check up on me throughout the duration of the case. I applaud his sensitivity and willingness to go the extra mile. I would recommend his firm to anyone that wants the best legal representation in South Carolina!

- Personal Injury Client

Robert and his staff have gone above and beyond, they are absolutely amazing at what they do. I would definitely call his office again if the need should arise.

- Workers’ Comp Client

I highly recommend Robert Goings! He is absolutely incredible!!! I had suffered from a dog bite injury and Robert went above and beyond to have me taken care of. He is extremely personable, I never felt like a “client”. He and his staff treated me as well as my family with genuine kindness. I am blessed to have had him take such great care of me and my case.

- Dog Bite Client

He was very kind and knowledgeable. He gave me status updates in a timely matter. I was VERY pleased.

- Personal Injury Client