Why a Movie Outing Could Result in a Slip and Fall Accident
When you plan to see a movie, you don't expect the outing to result in a slip and fall accident. But if the environment isn't safe, you could suffer serious injuries, such as broken bones, fractures, back, neck, and spinal injuries, internal organ damage, and traumatic brain injury.
Unfortunately, you may need expensive medical treatments and be unable to work until you recover from your injuries.
If theater owner or operator negligence was the cause of your injuries, you should seek the assistance of an experienced premises liability attorney to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Movie Theaters
Movie theaters operators have a duty to maintain a safe property, and to put up warning signs alerting guests to any hazardous conditions. If the premises manager doesn't follow these standards, he or she, and even the parent company, could be found negligent if someone is injured in a slip and fall accident.
Common causes of slip and fall accidents resulting from negligence include:
- Spills of food and drink. Many people buy refreshments to enjoy while watching the movie, so spills are common. When theater employees fail to do their jobs and clean up messes, candy wrappers, napkins, and other debris promptly, a slip and fall accident may result.
- Poor lighting. While movie patrons expect a dimly-lit theater, owner/operators can face liability when the lighting is unreasonably poor, stair lighting isn't available, or missing bulbs aren't replaced. In addition, the theater’s parking lot can become dangerous if it's not properly lit.
- Torn carpeting and damaged flooring. Due to the high volume of guests each day, theater carpets become frayed or loosened, and other flooring can crack or break. When owners fail to maintain and replace flooring when necessary, they could be liable for compensating a victim of a slip and fall accident.
- Broken seats. If broken seats aren't replaced or repaired, an unsuspecting victim could suffer injuries if the seat collapses.
- Broken or missing handrails. Safe handrails are essential in dim theaters where patrons must use stairs to get to their seats. If the handrails are missing or broken, this could lead to a devastating accident.
If you or a family member was injured in a movie theater accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You need the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney to prove owner/operator negligence in causing your injuries and the amount you deserve. To learn how Alan Morton can help you do this, call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation.