Slip and Fall Accidents in Fast Food Restaurants in FL | Your Legal Options
If you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident in a fast food restaurant, you may want to consider your legal options. Continue reading and give our skilled Hillsborough County slip and fall lawyer a call today.Get Your Case Started
How do slip and fall accidents happen at fast food restaurants?
Keep in mind that fast food restaurants have more possible dangers than most businesses because of the messy nature of working with food and also its fast-paced environment. Some distinct ways that people slip and fall in a fast food restaurant include the following:
- Fall over debris left on the floor or damaged surfaces in the parking lot
- Slip on a spill near the soda dispenser
- Slip on water or trip over a loose tile in the bathroom
- Trip over an upside-down rug or mat
- Slide on fallen food
Note that the above-mentioned causes are not a complete list, and not every indiviudal that slips and falls in a fast food restaurant may be qualified to obtain financial compensation for their injuries.
Who can be held liable for a slip and fall accident in Florida?
If you fall and sustain an injury, you may choose to file a lawsuit against the business for which the incident took place. After you choose your decisions, it is then up to you as the injured party, to show that the company or employees that are responsible for your injury. This will demand evidence of liability or negligence.
How do I establish negligence?
The best way to establish liability or negligence is by indicating that the property owner or manager should have known about the dangerous condition because any reasonable person would know and warn customers in a similar case. You may also want to display that the property owner, manager, or employee caused the dangerous condition and should have reasonably assumed that someone would slip and fall.
The standard for reasonableness is founded on how the typical, prudent person would handle the situation. Some other aspects that you should think about when trying to figure out if the defendant was negligent include the following:
- Did the property owner, manager, or employees have a policy that required a routine check of the property for potential hazards? If they did, is there a log to indicate that these requirements were satisfied?
- How was the lighting and visibility in the area where you experienced the fall?
- Did the dangerous condition or obstacle exist long enough that the property owner had more than enough time to take action and remove it?
- Was any warning signage or barrier to prevent access present that could make the dangerous condition less serious?
- Did the property owner or manager have a reasonable excuse for creating the hazard? If they did, is there a reason for how long it was there?
- Establishing liability in a slip-and-fall case is not easy. The first response of the property owner is usually to argue that you are either fully or partially responsible for the incident. The burden to prove otherwise is your responsibility.
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