Slips And Falls In Restaurants
Nobody expects to get injured while at a restaurant, but the truth is that many dangers abound in such an environment. Whether you work at a restaurant or you visit one as a customer, you need to be aware of the possibility of slips and falls.
Overall, slips and falls are caused by errors in judgment. Slips occur when you lose your footing, while trips occur when you catch your foot onto something. Slips, trips, and falls can happen in a number of ways. Spills, ice, rain, snow, loose mats, stepladders, clutter, and poor lighting are common factors.
No matter your age or gender, you’re at risk of slips, trips and falls. Falls are the leading cause of injuries for those over the age of 25. Elderly people (over the age of 65) are more likely to suffer broken bones and other serious injuries from a fall. Fatalities are also common.
Causes of Slips and Falls
Restaurants have a legal duty to keep their premises safe for employees, customers, and anyone else on the property. Failure to remedy the situation or provide a warning in a timely manner could result in negligence and liability.
Slip and fall accidents at restaurants can happen for a variety of reasons, such as the following:
- Food and beverage spills
- Grease spills
- Improper use of cleaning products
- Lack of slip-resistant floor mats
- Failure to use “wet floor” signs
- Poor lighting
- Torn carpet
To file a claim for a slip and fall, you need to prove that someone was negligent and that their negligence led to your injuries. Here are some examples:
- The property owner was aware of the unsafe area but did nothing about it.
- The property owner had plenty of time to repair something that was broken or otherwise dangerous and neglected to do so.
- The property owner did not display warning signs to let others know there was a dangerous area and to be careful.
Liability for Restaurant Slips and Falls
Depending on the circumstances of the slip and fall accident, multiple parties could be held liable for damages. A property owner could be held liable if injuries were caused by a known defect on the premises. The restaurant owner could be held accountable for failing to correct known hazards, such as spills or worn flooring. It’s possible that a restaurant employee could be held liable for a slip and fall accident, although, usually the restaurant itself is the one who would ultimately be at fault.
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Slips and falls can be serious events. A person can suffer anywhere from cuts and bruises to broken bones to paralysis to even death.
If you have been a victim, make sure you get the compensation you deserve for all your injuries. A Boca Raton slip & fall lawyer from Leifer & Ramirez can help you with your case. We have helped hundreds of victims like yourself. Call 561-660-9421 or fill out the online form to schedule a consultation.