Nothing ruins a restaurant experience more than suffering a slip and fall injury. It’s especially frustrating when you get injured because of someone else’s negligence. Fortunately, you may be entitled to compensation. Here are some things you need to know.
Types of Falls
The typical slip and fall restaurant case is when you slip on some spilled drink or food on the floor. However, many other things can cause your fall. Insufficient lighting, changes in floor elevation, and an icy sidewalk are just some possibilities.
What You Need to Prove
Just because you fell in someone’s restaurant doesn’t mean you are automatically entitled to compensation from the owner. You have to prove that you fell because of their negligence. If you were also at fault, such as if you should have paid attention to a clearly visible sign that indicated a slippery floor, you may not be able to sue. The hazard must also be one that the owner should have known about and taken care of.
Who Can You Sue?
What if the restaurant owner doesn’t own the property and just leases it? Depending on the cause of your injury, you may be able to sue the landlord. If your fall was caused by a structural hazard that the landlord should have removed, such as a faulty stairway or a water leak, then the landlord may be held responsible. If you fell because the restaurant's employees spilled oil on the floor, the restaurant owner will probably be held responsible.
In any case, you'll need expert legal help to get your case through court. Contact us today for help!