Liability in a restaurant slip-and-fall accident: What you need to know. 

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | Premises Liability

When you dine out at a restaurant, the last thing you expect is to get injured. Restaurants are legally obligated to keep their premises safe and free from hazards that can cause harm or injury to patrons or employees. This can mean anything from putting “wet floor” signs on applicable areas, to more complex repair jobs – all in the name of safety.

What are the common causes of slip-and-fall accidents in restaurants?

Sometimes, despite taking precaution, there are still numerous hazards that can lead to slip-and-fall accidents and cause severe injuries. Some of the most common causes include a wet, slippery or sticky floor, failure to use “wet floor” signs, inadequate lighting, damaged carpets or flooring, food and grease spills and lack of slip-resistant floor mats.

Restaurant owners must provide a reasonably safe environment for their patrons. They should take steps to fix any known hazard that puts the safety of those on the premises at risk. They should also provide adequate warning as a safety precaution. Failure to do so can result in liability for any injuries that occur as a result.

Who is liable in a restaurant slip-and-fall accident?

Depending on the circumstances, there could be multiple parties liable for restaurant accidents resulting in injuries. The property owner may be liable if the injury resulted from a defect in the property. Similarly, the restaurant owner may be accountable for failing to correct hazards known to them (or should have been known to them), like spills and slippery or damaged floor mats. They can also be liable for the negligence of their employees.

It is critical that you seek medical attention immediately after slipping or falling, as it can result in serious injuries, permanent disability and even death. You may recover damages if you file a premises liability lawsuit.

Dining out should provide an enjoyable experience. When that night out or lunch date ends with an injury, it is reasonable to hold the responsible party accountable for a failure to provide a safe experience.