Slip and Fall Accidents in a Restaurant
Premises Liability Attorney Handling Restaurant Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
in Coral Springs
Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A. has handled several hundred cases where
slip and fall accidents occur on restaurant floors. Most incidents can occur at the “front
of house”, which is where all visitors and employees walk around
to be seated or leave, serve or make the food, and use the restroom.
If you are seriously injured in any kind of restaurant incident, contact the Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A. online
What Do You Do If You Have a Slip and Fall Accident at a Restaurant?
- If you’re injured, call for paramedics. Make sure to document your
injury and what happened. Even though you may feel embarrassed after a
fall, if you’re feeling pain and are having difficulty, it’s
best to be transported to the hospital and get checked out. This will
allow you to document exactly what type of injuries you have sustained
in the accident, and the paramedics can prepare a report at the scene
which may end up helping you in your accident case.
If you’re able or with someone that is able, take pictures of where
you fell. It’s important to document anything on the floor, skid
marks, liquid, etc. where you slipped and fell. As they say, “a
pictures worth a thousand words”. Make sure you or whomever you
are with takes not one or two pictures, but as many as you can! Remember
that these photos on your phone are free. No matter what kind of accident
you are in whether it be a slip and fall or
car accident it’s important to take as many pictures as you can.
- When an incident occurs, employees are often asked to fill out an incident
report. Most of the time, it’s a manager or a security person. You
don’t have to sign that incident report. The odds are that you are
not going to get a copy of it. It’s called work product. The report
goes to the restaurant’s insurance company, and even if you file
a lawsuit, the judges in 95% of the cases will not order that the incident
report be produced to you. In this case, you have no obligation to sign
anything, and you shouldn’t because you don’t know what they
have written in the final report. Plus, if you are seriously hurt, you
might be in too much pain to digest what you are signing and unable to
fully comprehend what is in the report.
- After the incident, when their insurance company calls you to get more
information, you should call a Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer specializing
in slip and trip and fall cases before speaking with them. Let the law
firm do the work for you and protect you from saying or doing the wrong
thing. Do not give a statement to the insurance company or to the place
where you fell. They are not going to help you. You are not likely to
get what you are legally entitled to unless you contact a Board-Certified
Civil Trial Lawyer. Many of these lawyers are specially trained in these
types of accident and injury cases.
Where Do Most Accidents Occur in a Restaurant?
The most common places for slip and fall accidents to occur in the restaurant
are anywhere where the servers are walking. These pathways may endure
dropped food or spilled drinks producing liquid or obstacles on the floor.
The worst-case scenarios are when servers spill something like salad dressing,
which is oily and creates an even more dangerous surface. Also, when using
trays to carry out the food, any beverages on the tray can overflow and
fall onto the floor creating a hazardous condition. It’s even worse
when drinks are carried out without a tray because then there is nothing
preventing liquid from spilling onto the floor.
Accidents can also occur in the bathroom as a result of inadequate floor
surfaces, or the setup of the bathroom. They can occur because, for example,
the soap dispenser is set so that the soap drips onto the floor instead
of over the sink, or instead of some other type of methodology that prevents
it from going onto the floor. Sometimes when you walk into restaurant
bathrooms, you’ll see on the back of the restaurant door a maintenance
schedule. Often times, these maintenance schedules are ignored because
nobody’s cleaning the bathroom. Lack of continuous cleaning could
leave bathroom floors wet, and people could slip and fall. If you suffer
a fall in the bathroom, remember to take a picture of the back of the
door as well. These maintenance schedules could indicate that they have
not been following a cleaning schedule, lack due diligence of signing
the form, or that there hasn’t been a cleaning schedule at all.
We have recovered millions for our clients injured in slip and fall and
trip and fall cases. Give us a call today at (954) 833-1440 for a free consultation.
Many restaurants use deep fryers to cook French fries and other items.
How does this effect an accident? The employees go in and out of the kitchen
carrying oil, grease, and trash on the bottom of their shoes into the
“front of house”, which is the place where customers walk.
As the days go by, the floors can get more and more slippery from liquid,
oil, grease, and food especially if the floors are a smooth surface that
is not non-skid. Generally, most restaurant do not have floor surfaces
that are non-slip. Unless you are wearing non-slip shoes, you are at risk
of an accident. If an individual is wearing high heels, especially spiked
heels, they are more at risk of slipping and falling. Restaurant employees
will admit that individuals wearing high heels will fall more than somebody
who is wearing non-heeled shoes.
If the restaurant has a problem with previous slip and falls, they must
do something reasonable to prevent those slip and falls from happening.
Years ago, a slip and fall expert by the name of William English, now
diseased, wrote a book about slip and falls. One of the things he pointed
out was that he worked for Marriot corporation, and they had a slip and
fall problem back in the ‘70s or ‘80s. This caused them to
put carpeting in all their restaurants and it completely resolved their
slip and fall problem. However, restaurants choose not to use carpet due
to high maintenance costs, more work required for cleaning, and they like
the acoustics that comes from hardwood floors in a crowded restaurant.
Which Restaurants Have the Most Accidents?
- Outback Steakhouse and other restaurants that don’t have carpeting
on their floors
- Most large restaurant chains including but not limited to TGI Friday’s
and Tap 42
- Many small restaurants
What Types of Injuries Can Occur from Accidents in a Restaurant?
- Back and neck injuries which can result in surgery
- Broken hips
- Fractured pelvises and other bones in the body
Don’t wait to call the Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A. Waiting
can result in a fatal mistake like giving a statement before speaking
with a Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, or not taking enough pictures
to prove who is at fault in an accident. Many times, juries find the person
who was injured somewhat at fault, sometimes substantially reducing the
verdict and ultimate judgment. You need the right representation to win
We handle cases all over Florida, so let us make sure you get the compensation
you deserve. Call us at (954) 833-1440 or
fill out a form
for your free consultation today.