In Columbia, SC, the timeframe within which you can file a claim after a fall largely depends on the type of claim you intend to pursue. Here are some common scenarios and their associated time limits:
- Personal Injury Claim: If you were injured in a fall due to someone else’s negligence, you typically have a statute of limitations of three years from the date of the fall to file a personal injury claim in South Carolina. This timeframe applies to slip and fall accidents on private property, such as a store or someone’s home.
- Premises Liability Claim: If you were injured on someone else’s property due to hazardous conditions that the property owner should have addressed, you generally have three years to file a premises liability claim from the date of the fall. This includes slip and fall incidents in commercial establishments like restaurants, hotels, or shopping malls.
- Government Liability Claim: If your fall occurred on government-owned property or was the result of negligence by a government entity, the rules may be different. South Carolina often has shorter deadlines and specific notice requirements for government claims. Typically, you may have a shorter timeframe, such as 180 days to a year, to file a notice of claim.
- Minors: If the injured party is a minor at the time of the fall, the statute of limitations may be tolled (paused) until they reach the age of 18, at which point the three-year limit typically begins.
It’s essential to consult with a slip and fall attorney at Woron and Dhillon, LLC, to understand the specific time limits that apply to your situation. They can assess the details of your case, determine the appropriate statute of limitations, and ensure that your claim is filed within the required timeframe to protect your rights and seek compensation for your injuries. It’s generally advisable to take action as soon as possible after a fall to preserve evidence and strengthen your case.