Slip and Fall Accidents from Elevated Booths in Restaurants
Personal Injury Lawyer Handling Restaurant Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
in South Florida
Did you or a loved fall from a platform or elevated booth at a restaurant
in Florida? Are your injuries the result of the negligence of a restaurant
that has failed to adequately mark or warn about step ‘downs’
from booths or differences in elevation in restaurants? The best steps
you can take after a fall accident are to seek medical help and contact
personal injury attorney immediately to see if the attorney thinks you have a case. Since
the restaurant’s insurance company is likely to try to contact you
right after the accident, especially if you made out a report or were
taken away by ambulance, it is best to contact an attorney as quickly
as possible to make sure that you do everything correctly. The most important
first step is NOT to give them any statement of any kind, and certainly
never a recorded statement without first seeking the advice of a lawyer.
There are many other “Do’s and Don’ts” which your
lawyer can help you with and give you the best recommendations as to what
steps to take.
When you go out to dinner with family or friends, the last thing on your
mind is to check the elevations of restaurants. You’re there for
a good time, have a good meal, and maybe have a drink or two. You shouldn’t
have to worry about falling from an inadequately marked booth when you
step down to leave or go to the bathroom. Even if they put one of their
miniature signs on the table stating “Watch your Step”, who
is really paying attention to it? You’re having fun, enjoying your
meal; you shouldn’t have to worry about unnecessary dangers such
as insufficiently marked, unlit step-downs from booths. Many times, the
step-down is camouflaged because the step up is the same carpet as the
step down (see picture above right—Dan Cytryn’s son’s
feet are actually on two different levels. But you could never tell from
this picture, without us telling you.
The only reasons steps are elevated in restaurants are for the benefit
of the restaurant. They give what the restaurant feels is more of an ambience
to the ‘scene’. There is no actual benefit to you, the customer.
You’ll find these booths in many restaurants. We will subpoena the
local paramedics’ reports to find out how many other people have
fallen in a similar fashion. Guaranteed this happens thousands of times
per year nationally, but the restaurants don’t care much. So that’s
where we come in.
Coral Springs Applebee's - A client tripped on an elevated booth
What most people don’t know is that restaurants and other public
facilities are the leading cause of fall accidents in this country (perhaps
other than falls in your own home). According to the National Floor Safety
Institute, more than 3 million food service employees are injured each
year while working in restaurants or commercial kitchens.
Slip or trip and fall accidents can occur due to inadequate lighting, grease trekked from the kitchen
by employees, spills from waiters/waitresses and other customers, poorly
positioned floor mats, stairs or steps that need repair, elevated booths
that blend into the flooring, leaks from ice/fountain drink machines,
and other hazards.
Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A. recently handled a case against Applebee’s in the Coral Springs
location. Our elderly client went with some of her family members to have
dinner at the restaurant. The majority of the booths in the restaurant
are elevated, which requires customers to take a step up to sit at the
booth or to take a step down to leave the booth. When our client was leaving
the table, she forgot the step down was there, and fell and broke her hip.
This was partly due to the fact that the carpeting on the platform was
the same color and pattern as the carpeting on the floor below the platform,
which created the illusion that the ground was a flat surface. In addition,
there were no color strip markings or any clear indication to distinguish
the platform from the floor below. We also found that the restaurant was
poorly lit, causing the booth to create a shadow over the platform and
consequently making it more difficult to see the platform step down. Sadly,
due to the accident, our client suffered serious injuries including a
broken hip that required surgery and difficulty walking. The lead attorney
of our firm,
Dan Cytryn handled her case and we were able to get a very reasonable settlement
for the injured woman.
An appointment is not needed to see if we can take your case. And if we
decide to take your case, you will not pay anything unless we are able
to obtain monetary recovery for your accident. Don’t wait another
day to see if you can get help for your injuries.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to an elevated booth at
a restaurant or a platform that is not properly marked or needs repair,
our attorneys might be able to help you. Call our office now at
(954) 833-1440 for a free consultation.