If you suffered a slip and fall at a fast food restaurant that led to back pain, you might be able to pursue a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims allow you to recover compensation for your damages that result from an accident.
You will need to show that the injury was caused by an accident that resulted from their negligence. If you can successfully prove negligence, odds are that you will have a claim in which they will be responsible for your damages.
How Negligence Comes Into Play
To have a successful personal injury claim, you must show negligence. There are four parts to negligence – a duty, breach of duty, causation and then damages.
As an example, restaurants have a duty or responsibility to keep its facilities safe for its customers. That means the floor should be clean and free from debris. If there is a spill, the floor should be cleaned up right away and a wet floor sign should be placed to warn customers. If a spill is not cleaned up and a customer falls, then the restaurant has breached its duty. That breach causes you to fall then that fall results in your injuries and damages. Therefore, you have proven negligence on behalf of the other party.
Damages That Might Result
A slip and fall accident at a fast food eatery can result in serious back injuries. You can suffer from a herniated disc, whiplash, spinal damage, or a fractured vertebra. Some of these injuries might haunt you for years to come and affect your ability to perform your duties.
Your medical expenses will add up quickly. You will also have lost wages. You might have future medical expenses and a future loss of earnings. In addition, you might suffer pain and suffering, mental anguish, long-term disabilities, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and much more. Your personal injury attorney will help you determine which damages you suffered and the value of your claim.
Keep a Record Trail
You need to maintain documentation that will support your claim. This means a copy of the accident report, any medical records, medical bills, proof of missed work and lost wages, documentation of missed events and the inability to participate in hobbies, statements from eyewitnesses, and other things that support what happened and your losses. This will help the insurance company determine your losses and come up with a fair monetary value for your claim, so your costs can be covered. Remember, documentation and evidence are important to your claim.
Consult With a Personal Injury Attorney
If you are having back pain after a slip and fall, you need to seek medical care. Maintain your records and consult with a personal injury attorney. Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means they aren’t paid until they get you compensated for your losses, so you have nothing to lose. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form today to get your case reviewed by a local lawyer.
*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 McDonald's, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.