Columbia Slip and Fall Lawyers

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, the Columbia slip and fall lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC have the experience and resources to help you. We know how challenging it can be to hold individuals and companies accountable for a slip and fall injury that has occurred on their premises, and we don’t want you to face this process alone. Our legal team is here to help you through the process.

At the Goings Law Firm, LLC, our Columbia slip and fall lawyers have years of experience fighting for personal injury plaintiffs and, in that time, we have garnered a great number of awards and accolades that set us apart from other slip and fall attorneys. We have received the 2017 Legal Elite award from the Columbia Business Monthly, as well as the 2016 Legal Elite of the Midlands award. Our firm is also a Best Lawyers member and an American Board of Trial Advocates member. We were rated as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2013, 2014, and 2015 and received a 10.0 Super Lawyer rating by Avvo.com. Martindale-Hubbell gave us their highest-level rating of “AV”, and National Trial Lawyers named us in their Top 100 and Top 40 Under 40. For more on our awards and accolades, please visit goingslawfirm.com/awards/.

For years, our firm has been a fixture in the Columbia community. The people we represent are not just our clients. They are our neighbors and our friends. Furthermore, our results speak for themselves as we have recovered millions on behalf of clients. Check out our results at goingslawfirm.com/results/.

At the Goings Law Firm, LLC, we take our role in the community very seriously and will fight to get you the financial compensation you deserve. Call us now at (803) 350-9230 for a free consultation.

Do I Need a Slip and Fall Lawyer?

If you are a victim injured in a slip and fall incident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. South Carolina premises liability law, which is often more commonly referred to as slip and fall law, allows injured individuals to bring causes of action against negligent owners of a residential or commercial property.

According to the Supreme Court of South Carolina, there are three elements which a premises liability plaintiff must prove in order to establish the negligence of a property owner. A plaintiff must first demonstrate that a duty of care was owed to the plaintiff by the defendant. Second, the defendant breached that duty of care by a negligent act or omission. Lastly, the damages suffered were reasonably caused by the breach of the duty of care. See Hurst v. East Coast Hockey League, Inc., 371 S.C. 33, 37, 637 S.E.2d 560, 562 (2006). Now, all of this may sound like a lot of legal mumbo-jumbo, which is why it’s vital that you have an attorney on your side—someone who can understand this terminology. Basically, if a property owner knows about, or negligently creates, a condition on their property that is deemed unsafe, they may be liable for any injuries resulting from that unsafe condition.

Generally, owners of property maintain a responsibility to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition, especially to those that the property owner invites onto their premises to shop or conduct business. Furthermore, when the danger is “open and obvious”, the owner has a duty to anticipate the danger and protect visitors from any potential harms. If the owner knew or should have known of the hazardous condition, they may be held liable in a premises liability action.

Why Should I Choose the Goings Law Firm, LLC?

If you’ve suffered an injury in Columbia, then you have many attorneys you can choose from to help you with your claim. There are several things that you should consider in your search for the attorney that will work best for you: their record of success, solid and positive testimonials, and a hard-working and dedicated team. The Goings Law Firm, LLC has all three of these things.

Record of Success: many of our clients have received multimillion-dollar settlements in the aftermath of their accidents. Others received amounts exceeding five and six digits.

Positive Testimonials: Nearly every one of our testimonials mentions recommending the Goings Law Firm, LLC to those in need of an attorney. A few words come up several times: exceptional, knowledgeable, and professional.

Dedicated Team: Each of the lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC—Jessica L. O’Neill Gooding, Robert F. Goings, and Christian E. Boesl—have their own lists of accolades and accomplishments and they have over 30 years of combined experience.

Types of Slip and Fall Injuries

Some of the most common injuries we see in slip and fall cases are those involving fractured or broken bones. According to the CDC, more than 95 percent of fractures to the hip are the result of a fall. Hip fractures are especially costly because they usually require hospitalization and surgery. In addition to hip injuries, a few of the more common injuries we see include:

  • Head injuries: One of the most dangerous injuries for victims of slip and fall injuries are injuries to the head. Even a seemingly minor injury to your head can be a medical emergency. According to the CDC, these injuries are so dangerous because they can cause traumatic brain injury. The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” See https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/index.html. If you fall and hit your head, you should see a doctor right away.
  • Spinal injuries: Injuries to the spinal cord can also be extremely dangerous. In addition, these injuries often involve some of the most costly procedures and rehabilitation. Injuries to the spine can even result in paralysis. Again, if you believe you may have injured your spine, it is important to seek medical help immediately.
  • Cuts, scrapes, or abrasions: Often, injuries such as cuts, scrapes, or abrasions are less serious than those involving fractures or broken bones. These injuries mostly require very limited treatment such as staples or stitches but they are nonetheless important to document in a slip and fall injury. With the ever-increasing costs of medical expenses, even superficial injuries can add up.

These are not all the ways you may be injured in a slip and fall accident, so contact our firm in any case that you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another party. Slip and fall accidents are often caused by:

  • Slippery floors
  • Changes in flooring type or elevation
  • Ice or snow
  • Uneven pavement
  • Loose gravel
  • Staircases that have narrow treads, are too steep, or lack handrails
  • Debris in walkways or foreign objects in pedestrian areas
  • Curbs
  • Potholes or holes in flooring

While a slip and fall accident can happen anywhere at any time, these accidents are commonly reported in grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, and in workplaces across the U.S.

What Forms of Compensation Might I Be Entitled To?

An individual injured in a slip and fall incident may be entitled to several different types of compensation. One of the most common forms of victim compensation are damages related to medical expenses. These damages are not limited to those expenses which have already been sustained. A victim may also be entitled to medical expenses that will be incurred in the future as a result of the slip and fall injury.

Lost wages are another form of compensation that a premises liability plaintiff may receive. When an injured individual is unable to work as a result of the slip and fall injury, the victim may seek damages in the form of lost wages. In addition, damages in the form of vocational training or vocational therapy may also be sought when an injured plaintiff is forced to seek a different occupation.

Furthermore, in 1991, the Supreme Court of South Carolina adopted the “comparative negligence doctrine” which has had far-reaching consequences for slip and fall cases. Before this decision, plaintiffs were completely barred from recovering any damages against a negligent property owner if the plaintiffs themselves were found to also be negligent to any degree. This outdated doctrine was referred to as the contributory negligence doctrine and it played a major role in the outcomes of slip and fall cases. Since the decision, the rate of success in cases of this kind have jumped. This is good news for a plaintiff looking to recover for a slip and fall injury in South Carolina because, as long as the plaintiff’s own negligence is not greater than the negligence of the other party or parties at fault, the injured person can still get compensation from the other at-fault party or parties. Though, the plaintiff’s compensation will be reduced in proportion to their share of the fault.

Contact a Slip and Fall Lawyer in Columbia

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious slip and fall injury on a property or premises owned by another, it is imperative that you seek help from a premises liability lawyer who has the experience and resources that you need. Your health and financial future are priorities to the lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC in Columbia. Our team is prepared to help you through the legal process of seeking compensation. Call (803) 350-9230 to speak with a slip and fall lawyer in Columbia today.

What Clients are saying

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

Robert is the best attorney ever… you need legal representation. .. he is the one to go to.

- 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