Disputing Fault for a Slip and Fall at a Burger King*

If you slipped over and fell and injured yourself when visiting a Burger King, or any other fast food restaurant, you may be able to obtain compensation from the restaurant. This can be done if you can prove that it their fault.

Proving fault means that you can show that the management or an employee’s negligence caused the accident and the injury. Like any fast food restaurant, Burger King may have premises liability insurance to cover itself in the event of a claim, but insurers are notoriously reluctant to pay compensation and may challenge your version of events.

How to Show That Fast Food Restaurant Negligence Caused a Slip and Fall

Most slip and fall accidents in fast food restaurants like Burger King may be caused by slippery floors or uneven or loose flooring. Wet floors from spilled liquids like coffee or greasy food, recently cleaned surfaces are all typical reasons for a slip and fall. Restaurant managers have a duty to prevent dangerous hazards and provide a safe environment for patrons.

To show that an accident was the fault of the restaurant, i.e. negligence was the cause of an injury, it could be shown that:

  • the restaurant staff knew about spilled food or drinks and had plenty of time to clean it up, but didn’t;
  • a cleaner had washed the floor or part of the floor of the restaurant but had not put a warning sign up to alert patrons about the danger;
  • Maintenance had not been carried out sufficiently and this lack of maintenance caused a hazard that was not dealt with despite the restaurant staff knowing about it.

Evidence to Show a Slip and Fall was a Fast Food Restaurant’s Fault

Useful evidence to show that a slip and fall injury was the fault of Burger King, or any other fast food restaurant, includes:

  • Video footage from a security camera mounted in the restaurant. This would be particularly useful as it should show how long the hazard had been in existence and whether other patrons had experienced difficulties with it.
  • Eye witnesses can provide confirmation about how long a hazard had been present and whether management or staff had done anything about the hazard such as cleaning it up.
  • Photos taken of the accident scene can confirm the nature of the hazard and the absence of any attempt at warning patrons about the hazard. You could take your own photos using a simple cell phone or other mobile device as it should store the date and time of the photo.

Get Help Proving Fault

It can be hard convincing Burger King’s insurer, or any other fast food restaurant’s insurer, that the injury was the fault of the company and not your own fault. Evidence is crucial. A PI lawyer can help you prepare and submit a convincing claim.

Get a Free Case Evaluation to get in touch with a PI lawyer who can help prove Burger King, or any other fast food restaurant, was at fault for your slip and fall.

*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Burger King, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.

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