Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents in Restaurants
Hundreds of slip-and-fall accidents happen daily in restaurants across the nation, including Georgia. Unfortunately, the restaurant industry spends billions of dollars each year on premises liability claims because of these of accidents.
Two main causes of slip-and-fall accidents in restaurants are:
- Walking surfaces that lack slip resistance
- Poor walking surface conditions
As customers begin to fill booths and tables, the action in the kitchen steadily increases, which introduces more grease and water onto these heavy foot traffic areas. Also, if a waiter or waitress enters the kitchen to pick up an order, they will most likely track some of the floor grease back into the serving areas.
This is why it is very important for restaurants to have floor mats at the entrance of the kitchen and in all serving areas. In order to maintain a safe level of slip resistance, the mats need to be changed at regular intervals so they don't become saturated.
Even if a restaurant maintains a high level of clean, dry floor surfaces, slip-and-fall accidents can still take place. If you or a family member has been injured as result of a slip and fall, you should call an Atlanta personal injury attorney to help you navigate a claim for compensation. Kaufman Law, P.C. is ready to help.
How to Present a Strong Case for Compensation
Liability must be firmly established in a slip-and-fall accident claim before any level of compensation can be determined. Insurance companies should not determine the amount of compensation in a slip-and-fall case; each case should be looked at relative to the circumstances surrounding the accident and injuries.
A careful investigation is necessary because:
- The victim must be aware of all of his or her injuries
- The victim can’t foresee the type or duration of treatment needed
- The victim won’t know the strain the accident will place on their personal life
- The victim can’t account for the psychological effects of the accident
All of these common after-effects must be presented to an insurance company by an expert legal representative by way of medical documentation rather than a quick settlement that has not taken into account of all possible ramifications.
There are certain aspects that must always be looked at:
- Ongoing medical expenses for present and future procedures
- Lost wages or loss of earning potential – past, current, and future
- Present and future pain, suffering, disfigurement, and disability
Slip-and-fall accidents can leave victims with broken bones, the need for surgery, extended hospital stays, and future physical therapy. If you slipped and fell in a restaurant, the Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Kaufman Law, P.C. are ready to help you seek justice. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost consultation.