Dedicated Louisville attorneys for Kentucky restaurant slip and fall accidents
Restaurants can be busy, hectic places during the lunch or dinner rush, and it’s not too uncommon for a server or guest to spill food or a drink on the floor. Yet no matter how busy it gets, there is no excuse for wait staff, bus staff or management to ignore or neglect a spill or other hazard, thinking they will “get to it in a minute” after they put in the next order or seat the next guest. That “one minute” may be one minute too long, and the restaurant can and should be held liable for any accident which occurs because of their unreasonable delay. The Louisville premises liability attorneys at the Slechter Law Firm work to make sure that diners injured in a Kentucky restaurant slip and fall or trip and fall accident are fully compensated for their injuries.
Kentucky restaurants owe a duty to customers to provide a safe premises
Restaurant owners, managers and employees have a responsibility to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition for diners. This includes a duty to clean up a spill or repair a hazard, and where necessary to provide a clear and conspicuous warning before, during and after the clean-up.
Typical restaurant premises hazards include:
- Spilled food and drink
- Wet floors after mopping
- Bunched up rugs or floor mats
- Unmarked steps
- Objects on the floor
Many restaurants are dimly lit for atmosphere, which is not always conducive to safety. Extra care should be taken in dim or dark restaurants to keep objects off the floor and make sure ramps, steps and inclines are lighted, marked or otherwise visible.
Restaurant premises liability cases can involve complex and difficult-to-prove facts
Restaurant slip and fall cases can be difficult to prove in court. It is important to be able to prove that employees or management had actual or constructive notice of a hazard (this means they actually knew about it or should have known about it had they taken reasonable care) yet failed to correct the danger or place an adequate warning within a reasonable time. When the hazard is a food or drink spill, it can be difficult to identify when the spill occurred in relation to when the slip and fall occurred, and whether an unreasonable period of time elapsed between the two events. The attorneys at the Slechter Law Firm are experienced in complex litigation matters such as this and understand how to go about preparing and presenting a strong case for compensation.
to do if you are injured in a Louisville restaurant slip and fall
If you are the victim of a restaurant slip and fall, make sure the manager is informed of the accident. Even if you don’t feel bad at the time, be sure to report the incident to management. It is important to have the incident on record at the restaurant to help protect your claim. If you feel pain later that day or in the coming days, don’t hesitate to see a doctor. Keep a record of your medical bills, and contact the Slechter Law Firm in Louisville at 502-384-7400, or throughout Kentucky, Indiana or Tennessee at 855-598-7425.