Tampa Restaurant Slip and Fall
A nice lunch or dinner can easily lead to a hospital visit if you’re not careful. Going out to eat at a restaurant may not seem like a dangerous activity, but it can lead to serious injuries if you slip and fall.
Under premises liability law, restaurant owners and other business owners have a responsibility to look for hazards on their property. When they do see hazards, they need to either remedy them quickly or have signage to appropriately warn guests. If a restaurant owner does not act quickly to fix the dangerous situation, you slip and fall, and suffer injuries as a result, you may be able to sue the restaurant owner for their negligence.
Restaurants are common places for slip and fall accidents due to a high volume of foot traffic combined with the fact that employees are carrying food and drinks through a crowded environment.
Common Causes of Restaurant Slips and Falls
Slips and falls can occur in a restaurant due to the following:
- Spilled food or drinks
- Wet floors in the bathroom
- Uneven sidewalks outside the restaurant
- Rain or ice on the sidewalks or entryways
- Poorly maintained parking lots or entranceways
- Poorly placed floor displays
- Poor lighting
- Damaged flooring
- Uneven carpeting
- Stray electrical cords
No matter how you slipped and fell, if an employee, manager, or owner was negligent, and this negligence led to significant injuries, you could receive compensation.
Duty of Care
A restaurant owner’s duty of care depends on the type of person who enters the premises. There are three main categories:
Invitee. Invitees should receive the highest level of care. An invitee is someone the restaurant invited onto the property for any lawful purpose. If you went to the restaurant to eat or drink, you are considered an invitee. Florida law requires the restaurant owner to exercise ordinary care to keep the property safe for invitees.
Licensee. A licensee comes onto the property strictly for their own benefit, without engaging in a business transaction. This would include those who went into a restaurant to use the bathroom, for example. While the restaurant does not have to keep the premises safe for invitees, it cannot cause intentional injury.
Trespasser. A trespasser is someone who enters the property without consent and is on the premises illegally. Restaurants have no duty of care for trespassers. However, like licensees, restaurants cannot cause intentional injury to trespassers.
Contact Us Today
Dangers lurk everywhere. Going out to eat or have a drink can lead to a serious slip and fall injury.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident at a restaurant, seek legal help from the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson. We can determine liability and help you with physical and financial recovery. We’ll work hard to get you a favorable outcome. Call 813-251-0072 or fill out the online form to schedule a consultation with our office.