Whether you’re meeting with new clients or having a date night with your spouse, you probably don’t expect to get seriously hurt while grabbing a bite to eat. But just like with any other type of business, a restaurant needs to exercise a basic duty of care to keep customers safe. From fast food joints to high-end dining destinations, if staff fails to uphold that duty, customers can be injured.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Restaurants
Slip and fall accidents at eateries often take place in parking lots, entranceways, and bathrooms, in addition to the general dining areas. Injuries from preventable falls in restaurants often occur when management fails to:
- Clean liquid spills, overflowing sinks, dropped and broken plates or glasses, etc.
- Clearly mark uneven surfaces
- Ensure adequate lighting, especially on staircases or areas with elevation changes
- Keep hazards and obstacles out of paths where customers commonly walk
- Remove snow and ice from parking lots and walkways
- Repair broken railings, damaged steps, or torn carpets
Injuries and Recovering Damages
The force of a fall can cause extensive damage to the human body that may leave an accident victim unable to work or go about regular daily tasks while recovering. Common injuries from slip and fall accidents in restaurants include:
- Broken bones
- Bruises and cuts
- Soft tissue injury
- Traumatic brain injury
After any injury in a restaurant, be sure to report the incident to management, gather the contact info of witnesses, and see a doctor. After seeking medical treatment, your next move should always be to call a lawyer with experience in litigating Pennsylvania slip and fall cases.
Your attorney can investigate the accident and gather evidence that the restaurant was aware of the slip and fall risk to patrons but failed to address it in a timely fashion. From there, your attorney can assist in recovering damages for your medical costs, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
Were you hurt in a slip and full due to a restaurant’s negligence? Let us know what happened. We want to schedule a consultation to find out if we can protect your legal rights and help get you back on your feet.