What does premises liability law in South Carolina say about business customers being attacked or assaulted and suffered a personal injury at a store or business? The Thomas Creech Law Offices in Greenville SC has experience representing store customers who have been attacked or assaulted while at a store or business.
In South Carolina, the law takes an approach that balances the interests of customer safety along with the interests of the business owner. A business must use reasonable measures to protect its customers from forseeable harm. A South Carolina court will balance the degree of foreseeability of harm against the duty imposed. So the more foreseeable it is to a business that a crime could occur on its premises resulting in personal injury to innocent customers, the greater the responsibility it is on the business to provide security. It is very significant under the law whether there has been a prior criminal attack on a customer at the business premises. Also it is significant if there are other events or evidence that would show that there was a heightened risk of harm to customers. Essentially, the South Carolina courts are trying to encourage a reasonable response from business owners to protect their customers from harm without adding unreasonable burdens on business owners. Of course this brief look at South Carolina law on the topic does not serve as specific legal advice to the reader and the reader should not treat it as specific legal advice.
Imagine going shopping with your family to a shopping mall or other store and being attacked or assaulted at the store. Imagine being a guest in a hotel and being attacked or assaulted while on site. Unfortuntaely, these violent attacks of customers while on the premises of a store or business are becoming too frequent in our society and in Greenville SC. Customers expect, rightly, a store or business that has had criminal activity occurring on its premises to provide adequate security to protect customers from violence.
Questions we should all ask is if a customer gets attacked on the premises of a store or business, did the store know or should have known that an attack of one of its customers could occur and if so, did the store or business provide adequate security? Or did the store provide inadequate security?
When a store opens its business to the public and wants the public to spend its money there, the store should provide a safe envirnoment for the customers. If crime is occurring on its premises, the store needs to take affirmative, responsible steps to stop such criminal activity from occurring. A store or business should never just turn a blind eye to criminal activity taking place on its premises. A store or business should take all reasonable steps to prevent an attack or assault of a customer who suffered a personal injury at a store or business.
Were you an innocent customer that was assaulted or attacked while at a store or business? For more information about attacks of customers while on the premises of a store or business feel free to call 866-236-4999 toll free or 864-235-4999 locally to speak with the Thomas Creech Law Offices in Greenville SC. The Thomas Creech Law Offices represents victims who have suffered personal injury after being assaulted or attacked at a store or business.