Having a meal at a restaurant can be a nice break from cooking as well as an enjoyable way to try new foods and spend time with family and friends. However, a restaurant can also be a place where injuries can occur. Here are some common restaurant injuries:
Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall accident can happen almost anywhere, but the risk can be higher in places where food and liquids are more likely to be found on floors. Restaurants are notorious for having spills which, if not properly cleaned up, can lead to dangerous conditions for workers and guests alike. These environments can also have defects such as loose floorboards, poorly marked steps, or improperly maintained stairs which could cause a visitor to trip and fall. Additionally, poor lighting both inside the restaurant and in its parking lot can obscure debris and other hazards which could cause an unsuspecting customer to stumble and sustain serious injuries.
Another way in which restaurant customers are commonly injured while dining out is by being burned. Unreasonably hot foods or drinks can be served to customers without warning causing the unsuspecting victim to suffer significant skin and mouth wounds. Additionally, accidents involving a server’s mishandling of or inadequate cautioning regarding hot plates or irresponsible carrying of heated serving dishes could also result in severe skin trauma to a restaurant patron.
Another possible hazard in a restaurant is food poisoning. Improperly refrigerating and handling foods such as meat or eggs can lead to them being prepared and served in an unsafe manner. Food poisoning can also be caused by kitchen staff failing to thoroughly clean kitchen tools and implements or contaminating foods and preparation surfaces by improperly storing chemicals nearby. In some cases, severe food poisoning can lead to hospitalization and even death.
Restaurant owners have a responsibility to keep the premises in a safe condition for you and others who may visit. If you have been harmed while at a restaurant, you should contact a personal injury attorney today to properly assess your case.
At the Draper Law Office, we have attorneys who are experienced in helping clients after they have suffered restaurant injuries and can provide the guidance and advocacy you need. Contact us online or at (866) 767-4711 today to set up your free, no-obligation consultation in one of our three locations: St. Cloud, Kissimmee, and Orlando.