During the holiday season, we find ourselves spending a little more time in restaurants sharing a festive cocktail with loved ones, or indulging in a great meal. Going to a restaurant should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience (especially this time of year)— no one expects to go out for a meal only to become injured. Although owners are required to keep their property reasonably safe, restaurants have many hazards that can lead to slip-and-fall accidents, causing severe injuries.
7 Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents at Restaurants
Restaurants are legally responsible for keeping the premises safe and free from known and foreseeable dangers. Suppose a restaurant owner is aware of a hazardous condition that could cause injury to a patron, employee, or anyone else on the property. In that case, they must remedy it in a timely fashion — or at least provide an adequate warning. Failure to do so can result in their being held liable for any injuries that occur as a result.
Slip-and-fall accidents at restaurants can happen for a variety of reasons. At Genthe Law Firm, here is what we find are the most common causes of slip and fall accidents:
- Beverage and food spills
- Rain and precipitation
- Failure to use “wet floor” signs
- Poor lighting
- Grease spills
- Improper use of cleaning products
- Lack of slip-resistant floor mats
Liability for Restaurant Slip-and-Fall Accidents
Depending on the facts and circumstances of the accident, a number of parties could potentially be held liable for any resulting injuries. For example, a property owner might be responsible if you were injured due to a known defect on the premises. The restaurant owner may also be held accountable for failing to correct certain hazards they knew about — or should have known about — such as spills and faulty floor mats. If you or a loved one have been recently involved in a slip-and-fall accident while dining out, contact Genthe Law Firm to discuss the details of the incident.
Recovering Damages in a Restaurant Slip-and-Fall
Slip-and-falls at restaurants can result in serious injuries, permanent disability, and time lost from work. If you fall at a restaurant, it’s critical to seek medical attention immediately — even if you don’t think you were injured. This is critical!
Often certain injuries may not appear until days or weeks later. By going to the emergency room, a doctor can determine your injuries and recommend a course of medical treatment. In addition, medical documentation is the foundation of every personal injury case. Without it, you will not be able to prove the extent of your injuries.
Been Injured in an Accident? Let Genthe Law Group Help Brighten Up Your Situation
Getting injured in a slip-and-fall accident during the holiday season can damper festivities, especially when it results in a debilitating injury. While we’ve given you a great outline of how to avoid personal injury accidents while dining out during the holiday season, nothing is ever guaranteed.
If you or a loved one were recently injured in a slip and fall accident or any other incident involving neglect and injury, Genthe Law Firm wants to help.
Our team of dedicated personal injury lawyers has seen it all and can help you recoup your maximum payout from insurance companies and guilty parties.
Schedule your free consultation today and learn more about our Genthe Guarantee that ensures you don’t pay us a cent this holiday season unless we recover.