Establishing Liability in a Restaurant Slip and Fall Accident Case By Steve Charpentier on February 20, 2018

broken dishes on restaurant floorAccidents do happen but when circumstances are out of your control, an injured person can look to the responsible party for payment of medical costs and other damages. Slip and falls accidents require careful analysis of the area where the fall took place, and other external factors in order to determine the cause. Restaurant slip and falls are common because of the size, various processes, and number of personnel, including the cleaning crew. Restaurants are required to maintain a certain level of cleanliness, but this can create slippery surfaces and cause hazardous conditions for patrons. Melbourne, FL, attorneys at the Charpentier Law Firm are familiar with the processes needed to prove liability in restaurant slip and fall accidents. Our team is committed to fighting for compensation for accident victims.

Restaurant Duties to Customers

Public places have a duty to provide a safe environment to shoppers or patrons who use their services. When a danger or unsafe area is known, restaurant and other business owners are required to warn customers. This is especially true if the risk is not easily visible. Other duties include:

  • Routine inspections of the premises to look for and correct safety hazards
  • Posting of adequate warnings when hazardous conditions are found
  • Ongoing knowledge of the condition of the premises, and the requirement to make repairs of known hazards

When a customer suffers an injury that is directly caused by an unsafe condition in a restaurant, the business can be held liable for the injuries. This rule covers falling in the restaurant or outdoor premises, as well as injuries suffered in common areas such as the waiting area or restroom. An injury can include more than a bruise or broken bone. Many restaurants have customer access to ovens and tabletop cooking surfaces, which can lead to burns.    

Injuries and Damages

Injuries from falls range from cuts and scrapes to broken bones, burns, and disfigurement. These injuries are the result of falling without warning on a hard surface, without the opportunity to brace the fall. In restaurants, there are often dishes and glasses involved, and those objects typically break and cause cuts and lacerations.

Compensation can be sought to cover the costs of medical care and ongoing treatment or therapy, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Each case is unique and requires investigation into how the fall happened, and a determination of the severity of the injuries suffered. It may be necessary to call upon an expert medical witness to explain the physical and emotional damage in order to outline a treatment plan. It is also likely that an investigation into the operating procedures of the restaurant will be needed. This is often necessary to identify whether there is a pattern of maintaining unsafe conditions and whether industry standards are being followed.           

Secure Help for a Restaurant Slip and Fall

If you or a loved one has fallen at a restaurant or been injured in some other way on the premises, reach out to the Charpentier Law Firm for help. We focus on helping injured parties garner the care they need and recover the damages they deserve. Contact us online and learn more about your next steps.

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