When we go to a restaurant to enjoy a nice meal, we never expect to leave with an injury that can change the trajectory of our lives. Unfortunately, though, injuries are common in dining establishments, particularly slip and falls. This is often due to the constant spillage from drinks and food and the lack of proper clean up during busier hours. No matter how careful we may be while eating out, or even how careful a restaurant is with their clean up, a slip and fall accident is often unavoidable and can lead to time off work, lost wages and prolonged injuries.
If you experience a slip and fall at a local restaurant, the first thing you will need to do is hire an experienced attorney who will you help you prove negligence. Negligence is defined as the failure to use reasonable or proper care, and it can be tricky to prove that a restaurant, server, or manager was negligent in their actions. An experienced slip and fall attorney will know the right questions to ask to help prove that the slip and fall was the fault of the restaurant. To prove negligence, you and your attorney must be able to show evidence that the restaurant was not doing what they should be doing to keep customers safe. Unfortunately, proving negligence in a restaurant can be difficult: just because a slippery floor caused your injury, doesn’t necessarily mean that the restaurant was negligent by allowing their floor to be slippery. In this case, you must prove that the restaurant knew the floor was slippery for a prolonged period of time and failed to clean the mess or warn customers of the danger.
How do you prove this, exactly? Directly after your fall, try to remain. You may feel an urge to lash out on the manager, but if you admit fault in any way or state that you are unsure why you fell, it could hurt your case. Before you get an attorney involved, and immediately after you are hurt (if you don’t need immediate hospital care), try to take pictures of the scene. This will prove that the floor was wet and there was no sign to warn customers. It is also smart to get witnesses to back up your claim. Did a nearby customer watch you fall? Ask them for their name, phone number and address so your attorney can use their statements to help you establish that the restaurant was negligent. Most importantly, though, always ask to speak with the manager. It is critical to report the incident, and while you may be embarrassed or hurt and want to rush out of the restaurant, if you do not let a manager know what occurred and what your injuries are, it can be harder to not only prove negligence but to prove that your injuries happened at the restaurant at all. Just state that you have been injured calmly and try to keep the details to a minimum.
Before you leave the hospital or doctor’s office, request a copy of your medical records and keep track of any treatments or medications you are prescribed. Gather all of the information you collected and contact an experienced slip and fall attorney right away. At this stage, your attorney will use the information you gathered and take control of the situation, stepping in to work with the restaurants’ insurance company, or an attorney should they have one, to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you were involved in a slip and fall, you are probably suffering from injuries and lost wages from taking time off of work. You should be given compensation for your pain and suffering and the attorneys at Balkan Patterson want to make sure you get what you deserve. We have handled numerous slip and fall cases and we know what it takes to get our clients back on their feet. If you need an attorney by your side, contact Balkan Patterson Injury Attorneys at 561-750-9191 or visit our website to learn more about our services.