Enjoying a night out at a restaurant can be great—until you slip and fall on the floor due to a hazard you didn’t see coming. Restaurants are notoriously fast-paced work environments. There’s always food coming and going out to customers and inevitably there will be a slippery area due to a food or drink spill.
Although you may think slip and fall is nothing more than an embarrassing moment, they can cause quite serious and debilitating injuries. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, there are over 1 million visits to the hospital emergency room each year due to slip and fall injuries. Slip and falls can be particularly hazardous for older people and is the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Slip and falls can occur due to poorly lit areas, wet or uneven surfaces, hazardous weather conditions, or faulty footwear. Owners of restaurants can be negligent in slip and fall accidents if they were aware of a hazardous condition such as a torn carpet or a server who spilled a tray of drinks on the floor and failed to clean it up immediately or put up a slippery floor hazard sign.
Dining out at restaurants should never be a harrowing experience and owners and employees should take great care to ensure their guests are safe at all times. Unfortunately, not all owners or employees are restaurants take safety seriously—and slip and fall injuries can lead to anything from sprains and fractures to shoulder injuries, hip fractures, spinal cord injuries, or even traumatic brain injuries.
Here’s What You Should Do If You’ve Been Injured in a Restaurant
If you’ve had the misfortune to be injured in a slip and fall accident in a restaurant, you should understand that those who manage or work in the restaurant may be liable for your injuries. To prove that they are liable for your injuries, it must be determined that they were negligent to make sure that the restaurant was free from debris or hazards that contributed to the accident.
If it’s proven that they were negligent, they can be held responsible to pay for your medical expenses, log wages, or even pain and suffering as a result of the accident.
To prove that a restaurant was negligent, you will need to hire an expert personal injury attorney to help you win your case.
Have you or a loved one had a slip and fall accident in a restaurant in Georgia? Call the experts at the Fry Law team today at 404-969-1284 to set up a legal consultation.