While most people do not think too much about bars and restaurants being dangerous, they very well can be if negligent conduct within the workplace leads to improper safety standards. Between busy waiters, hot food being served, drinks being poured and crowds of people being waited on, it is not uncommon for an accident to occur. In fact, every year across the U.S. more than one million people are injured in slip, trip and fall accidents at bars and restaurants.
Slips, trips and falls can cause serious and debilitating injuries that could affect your life in many ways, sometimes even permanently. Slips, trips and falls make up 27 percent of worker’s compensation claims and 39 percent of general liability claims, costing the restaurant industry more than 2.5 billion dollars every year.
In the state of Florida, bar and restaurant owners are required to protect guests from hazardous areas or conditions on the property that could result in an injury. Dangerous situations that could lead to a slip, trip and fall accident include the following:
• Food, water or any other substance spilled on the floor and not cleaned up right away
• Potholes or cracks in sidewalks or parking lots
• Uneven steps or damaged flooring
• Stairs with missing handrails
• Dim lighting making it hard to see various objects around you
• Mirrors or other sharp surface edges that stick out from walls or ceilings
Sadly, slip and fall accidents in restaurants can result in severe injuries, some of the most common being:
• Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Head and Spinal Cord Injuries
• Fractures and Broken Bones
• Facial Lacerations
• Permanent Disfigurement
Restaurants and bars throughout Citrus County must keep their facilities maintained and repairs up to date. Mats should be placed on all wet floor surfaces. Employees should always be on the lookout for any spilled foods and liquids, and clean them up right away. Bathrooms should be inspected regularly, as a flooded toilet could result in an unsuspecting customer getting injured. Warning signs should be placed on all wet floors or other slick areas.
If you have been injured in a slip, trip and fall accident in a bar or restaurant in Crystal River, contact a Citrus County Premises Liability Attorney at Whittel & Melton today. We will take care of all the legal details involved in your case, and make sure that you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries. Remember that you must act fast following a slip, trip and fall accident as there are limitations placed on how long you have to file an injury claim. Call us today at 352-726-0078 to receive a complimentary consultation regarding your premises liability claim.