What Happens if I Am Involved in a Restaurant Accident?

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Contrary to what you may believe, restaurants accident occur far too frequently in the state of Florida. So if you find yourself involved in one and later on sustain injuries and damages, you have the right to a lawsuit. Continue reading to learn how an experienced Port St. Lucie premises liability lawyer at the Florida Personal Injury Law Team can assist you in filing a claim.

Why do restaurant accidents frequently occur in the state of Florida?

Like all property owners, restaurant owners owe it to their patrons to keep their premises free from danger. And when they fail to do so, people get in accidents, usually in the form of slip and falls. Examples of slip and fall accidents that frequently occur in Florida restaurants read as follows:

  • Spilled drinks leave slippery surfaces, especially when warning signs are not posted.
  • Dropped food leaves slippery surfaces, especially when warning signs are not posted.
  • An unturned rug or mat.
  • Defective or broken stairwells.
  • Debris or damaged surfaces in the restaurant’s parking lot or on the restaurant’s sidewalk.
  • Potential safety hazards that are left unseen with dim or inadequate lighting.

Along with these slip and falls, other types of accidents that may occur in a restaurant read as follows:

  • Severe burns from hot plates.
  • Severe burns from restaurant appliances.
  • Severe electrocution from dysfunctional restaurant equipment.
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • Hearing loss from faulty loudspeakers in drive-thrus.
  • Food poisoning from spoiled or rotten food.
  • Alcohol poisoning from bartenders who over-serve alcohol.

Notably, some of the above accidents not only involve patrons but may also involve employees of the restaurant.

How can I receive compensation for a restaurant accident claim in the state of Florida?

If you would like to receive compensation to recover your injuries and damages, you must make your best effort to prove that the restaurant owner was guilty of either of the following:

  1. The restaurant owner was aware of a safety hazard and did not fix it in a timely manner, which caused your accident to occur.
  2. The restaurant owner should have been reasonably aware of the safety hazard that caused your accident to occur.

And to prove either of the above points, you must make your best effort to collect the following pieces of evidence after your restaurant accident:

  • A copy of the police report documented at the scene of your accident.
  • Pictures and videos of your injuries, damages, and the hazards that contributed to your accident.
  • Witness testimonies of your accident occurring.
  • Surveillance camera footage of your accident occurring.
  • Medical documents and bills that note the date, time, and severity of your injuries.

To ensure that justice is served, retain the services of a skilled Port St. Lucie County personal injury lawyer today.

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Here at The Florida Personal Injury Law Team, we understand the detrimental effects that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family. Contact us today for help.