Who Is Responsible for My Hospital Bills?
A question often asked in South Carolina is who is going to pay my hospital bills if I’m injured in a slip and fall accident. The answer is that it depends on whether negligence was involved, the circumstance of the accident and where it happened. In most, but not all injury accidents, the injured party has three years to file a claim in South Carolina. In the following, we will explain the different areas of liability and why it is a good idea to enlist the help of a South Carolina personal injury attorney to handle your claim.
Call Morris Law Firm for Help With Your Slip-and-Fall
After a slip and fall accident, the attorneys and staff at Morris Law can help. Our law firm handles insurance companies on your behalf and works hard to obtain compensation for your injuries. From the first day, our attorneys are dedicated to protecting your rights. We can discuss your legal needs in Aiken or Myrtle Beach, so please contact us. You can reach us anytime by calling (843) 232-0944 or contact us online.
Slip and Fall Accidents on Private Property
If negligence caused your slip and fall accident injury while you were on private property, the homeowner would be liable for your medical bills. For example, say you were walking up the wooden steps at the house and a loose step caused you to slip and fall backward, resulting in a traumatic brain injury. First of all, you would have no way of knowing the step was unstable. Secondly, it was the homeowner’s responsibility to have it repaired. This would make the homeowner liable as long as you weren’t trespassing on the property.
However, South Carolina is a modified comparative fault state. Suppose, for example, the homeowner’s insurance company pointed out the injured party had been drinking and that contributed to the accident. This tactic is commonly employed, so the insurance company ends up lowering the amount of compensation paid out. After all, in South Carolina, if the injured party is found to be 50 percent at fault for the accident, they can recover no compensation. Your Myrtle Beach or Aiken personal injury lawyer knows about these tactics and can counter them, so the injured party can recover the compensation they are due.
Slip and fall accidents are fairly common on commercial properties. Everyone has heard about someone who slipped in the produce aisle in the grocery store or while stepping in leaked fluid at a restaurant drink machine while getting their sweet tea. In these cases, the owner of the commercial establishment would be liable for the hospital bills of someone who was injured in a slip and fall.
The statute of limitations for an injury accident on government property is two years. Slip and fall accidents on government properties commonly occur at the following locations:
- Healthcare facilities such as nursing homes
- City parks
- Government buildings such as city hall or the post office
- City maintained sidewalks, curbs and streets
Slip-and-Fall Injury Accidents at Work
If an employee is injured in a slip-and-fall accident at work, their hospital expenses would be covered by workers’ compensation. If the injury was due to a third party’s actions (in other words, not your employer or co-workers), you can probably hold them responsible by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Morris Law in Myrtle Beach, SC
As you can see, determining liability is an important part of recovering compensation following a slip-and-fall accident injury. Security footage and witness statements to support your claim are also important. At Morris Law, you know you will get the attention and tenacity to win your case that you deserve. Contact us at (843) 232-0944. You can also connect with us online.