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Restaurant Slip and Falls
Restaurants must provide proper maintenance of slipping situations including being sure their employees know how to react to accidents that might happen. From our experience, most of the slip and fall accidents in restaurants resulted when a visitor encountered a step up or down that wasn’t clearly marked or that didn’t have any signage warning of the change in elevation. Other common causes in slips and falls at restaurants are uneven sidewalks or walkways, and inadequate lighting.
In addition to those common incidents, slip and falls in restaurants also occur on or because of:
- Failing to place a non-skip mat down during or after rain
- Fall in the parking lot
- Wet, dirty or slick floors caused by food or other transitory substances
- Rugs not secured
- Missing or broken handrail
- Trip and fall on steps
- Greasy bathroom floor
- Worn floors
- Painted or mismarked sidewalk ramp
Remember to do these things if you are injured in a restaurant:
- Report occurrence
- Be accurate and ask for a copy of the report
- Seek immediate medical assistance
- Do not over or understate your injury to the paramedic or treating medical provider
- Obtain contact information from any witnesses
- Video record with your phone the condition that caused you to fall
- Keep your shoes and note the clothes you are wearing
- Be aware that restaurants have surveillance
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Damages You Can Recover In A Restaurant Slip And Fall
Just like any other serious personal injury, restaurant slip and falls can lead to compensation claims for medical bills, including therapy, and missed work. A serious incident involving this type of slip and fall can leave a victim with significant medical expenses, lost wages, and lingering health problems.
With the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney, you may be able to recover damages for:
- Pain and Suffering
- Medical Bills – Past and Future
- Lost Wages
- Workers Compensation
- Mental Anguish and Emotional Distress
- Loss of Consortium
There Is A Deadline To File A Slip And Fall Lawsuit
In Florida, anyone who is injured in a restaurant slip and fall must get their lawsuit filed against the property owner, or business owner, within four years of the incident. This deadline is found at Florida Statutes section 95.11(3)(a).
What Other Personal Injury Law Will Apply To A Claim
Florida’s personal injury law is rooted in both case law and statutory law. One statute that applies to slip in falls can be found at:
Florida Statutes 768.0755, which is titled “Premises liability for transitory foreign substances in a business establishment” which focuses on the victim having to show the business had knowledge of the dangerous condition in order to recover damages.
Quick Slip And Fall Facts:
Slip and falls are the second leading cause of injuries and deaths after car accidents. The most common injuries resulting from slip and falls include those to wrists, shoulders, head and knees. Learn more from Alan Sackrin, an expert slip and fall lawyer.
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Since 1982, Alan Sackrin has represented clients throughout Florida in recovering monetary damages for slip & fall, trip & fall, and other premises liability injuries.
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