Why Are Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents So Common in Restaurants?
Unless you hurt yourself in a slip and fall accident at a restaurant, you may not realize the dangers of injury when you go out for a relaxing meal. However, slip, trip, and fall injuries are common for both workers and guests in restaurants, and the results can often be severe, with some people suffering sprained muscles, broken bones, or head, neck, and shoulder damage.
If the restaurant owner’s negligence was the cause of the fall, the owner could be responsible for compensating the victim for his medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries in Restaurants
Restaurants can become hazardous for a number of reasons. Some of the common causes of slips, falls, and trips include:
- Spills. Spills of food and drink are a given in a restaurant—both by busy employees and patrons. When a restaurant owner doesn't have a procedure to quickly clean up these messes, slippery conditions can cause an unsuspecting guest to fall.
- Bathroom floors. Floors in bathrooms can become dangerous when spills of water, soap, toilet paper, and paper towels aren't promptly cleaned up. If there's a plumbing leak left unrepaired, the hazards increase even more.
- Uneven or damaged flooring. When flooring is uneven and the changes aren't marked, people can slip, trip, and fall. Floors in restaurants take a beating from high traffic use. If torn or frayed carpet or damaged hard flooring isn't repaired or replaced when necessary, the restaurant may be responsible if a customer injures himself.
- Poorly-placed furniture. Sometimes restaurants make it difficult for guests to maneuver safely because too much furniture in squeezed into an area as an effort to serve more customers than can be accommodated.
- Electrical cords. If electrical cords are exposed and unsecured, they can be serious trip and fall hazards.
- Parking lots and sidewalks. If a restaurant is responsible for sidewalks and parking lot care and maintenance, its owners can face liability if ice, snow, and water buildup or unrepaired potholes and cracks create dangerous situations for patrons.
- Poor lighting. Poor lighting both inside a restaurant and out in the parking lot can make it impossible for guests to see dangers, such as spilled food, torn carpet, or potholes before it's too late.
Did you or a family member suffer a slip and fall accident in a restaurant? It's not enough to hold the owner responsible simply because of the fall. You must prove the owner knew or should have known of the hazard, which isn't easy to do without the help of an experienced premises liability attorney. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your accident and your options for compensation.