Slips and Falls from Restaurant Hazards

When you go to a restaurant to eat, you often don’t think about the dangers that restaurants present. You are often hungry and want to get to your seat as fast as possible, and you may not be looking for dangerous flooring conditions, such as uneven ground, ripped or torn carpet, and spilled liquid.

In the same way, food servers and restaurant workers are busy hustling back and forth between the dining room and the kitchen to serve their customers. Both customers and restaurant employees are often victims of slip and fall accidents in South Florida due to spilled food and drinks, melted ice cubes, torn carpet, loose tile, cracks in the ground, defects in the floor, and other hazardous ground conditions.

Types of injuries that customers, food servers, busboys, food runners, and other restaurant employees suffer from include:

  • Broken arms
  • Broken legs
  • Fractured hips
  • Elbow and shoulder injuries
  • Wrist and hand injuries
  • Ankle and feet injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries of the lower extremities
  • Head trauma

Slip and fall accidents at restaurants can sometimes be prevented if the following is done:

  • Spills should immediately be cleaned up
  • Hazards should be cautioned off with the proper signage
  • Floors should be mopped, cleaned and dried frequently
  • Restaurants should have protocols in place that address safety issues

When accidents at restaurants occur due to beverages spilled on the floor that aren’t cleaned up immediately or cautioned off properly, then the restaurant may be liable for the injuries. Additionally, if a restaurant owner or manager knew about a defect in the floor of the restaurant but failed to repair it, they may also be responsible for the injured party’s injuries.

However, sometimes these premises liability cases are difficult to prove and require the skill of an experienced Florida slip and fall attorney. When you need help establishing liability for your South Florida property liability case, turn to the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik.