Restaurants are often busy places with employees rushing to make sure customers are seated and their orders are promptly arriving at their tables. This can also make restaurants dangerous places if slip and fall hazards are not addressed. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a slip and fall accident at a restaurant, you need to reach out to a seasoned Massachusetts slip and fall attorney who can help. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we are committed to getting our clients the compensation they rightfully deserve after such an accident.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were more than 50,000 reported injuries in the restaurant industry in 2016. Many of these incidents involved slip and fall accidents. Between slippery floors due to spilled drinks or a fresh mop job, tight spaces, and heavy crowds, restaurants can put customers and employees at risk. In addition to slipping hazards, tripping hazards such as loose floorboards or exposed wiring can also lead to serious falls. BLS data reveal that there were almost 15,000 reported nonfatal slip, trip, and fall injuries in the restaurant industry in 2016. These falls caused varying injuries, with a median of six days away from work.
Property owners, including owners of retail establishments, have an obligation to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition in order not to cause injuries to those who enter the land. In Massachusetts, this obligation extends to all lawful entrants. When it comes to restaurants, part of a property owner’s responsibility is making sure that the space is clear of any debris or conditions that could result in an accident that causes injuries. Of course, sometimes hazards may arise. For example, a customer may spill a drink. In such a situation, a wet floor sign should immediately be placed in the area to warn guests of the danger, and the spill should be cleaned up as quickly as possible. If for some reason a hazard cannot be immediately addressed, the area should be closed off, or the warning sign should remain there until the hazard is remedied.
If a property owner is deemed negligent, he or she may be liable for your injuries. This means the property owner will be responsible for paying compensation in your personal injury claim, including your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and any other loss stemming from the fall. Every case is different, and the specific amount of compensation a fall victim will be entitled to receive will depend on the nature and extent of the harm suffered.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident in a restaurant, we can help. AtBarry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our skilled Massachusetts slip-and-fall attorneys can examine the circumstances of your accident and help you determine your legal rights and options. No matter how your fall injury took place, we are just a phone call away at 1-800-262-9200, or you can contact us through our website.
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