Four Signs You Might Have a Valid Personal Injury Claim After Falling in a Restaurant
Did you know that the typical restaurant has between 3 and 9 slip and fall incidents every year? According to experts, over 3 million foodservice employees and 1 million restaurant consumers are wounded in these types of mishaps each year.
While the injured staff would be covered by workers’ compensation, restaurant patrons may need to file a premises accident injury claim to be compensated for a restaurant slip and fall accident. Keep reading to learn more and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 if you require a free legal consultation.
So, how can you know whether you have a valid claim?
Restaurant owners and operators are obligated to keep their properties in a sufficiently safe state so that visitors do not slip and fall or damage themselves in any other way while on the premises. While there are several ways in which they may fail to fulfill this obligation to their visitors, the following are some of the most prevalent indicators that the restaurant owner or operator has been negligent and should be held liable for the victim’s injuries.
There was no wet floor sign
Slip and fall incidents in restaurants are most commonly caused by wet flooring. It can be difficult to detect if the floor is wet merely by glancing at it, and restaurant visitors could easily slip. Restaurants have a responsibility to use wet floor signs to alert visitors of the danger; failure to do so can be seen as carelessness.
Restaurants must guarantee that their personnel are vigilant in spotting dangers and responding immediately to them. The easiest method to achieve this is to conduct regular inspections of both the dining area and the restrooms. When inspections are performed regularly and thoroughly, the chances of a spill or puddle remaining in place long enough for someone to slip on it are reduced. When inspections aren’t carried out, it is generally simpler for the sufferer to prove the restaurant’s carelessness.
No entry mats
Having a mat at the entryway will help prevent the risk of guests walking in with wet shoes on a rainy day, which can present slip risks. It is, nevertheless, critical that the matting be secure. If the rug fell out from under them or bunched up and constituted a trip hazard, a guest may easily file a premises accident injury claim.
Due to a low coefficient of friction, some types of flooring are just intrinsically dangerous for a restaurant or any business building (COF). The COF is divided into two sections: static COF and dynamic COF. The static COF determines how simple it is for someone to begin sliding on the flooring, whereas the dynamic COF determines how difficult it is for them to halt after they have begun to slip. When flooring has a low COF, no matter how careful the restaurant staff is to maintain it clean and dry, it will always be a tripping danger.
Have you been injured as a result of a slip and fall?
Call Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 immediately away if you have been hurt in a restaurant fall or any other form of premises accident. We will schedule a free appointment to assist you in deciding how to proceed with your case.