When you go into a burger joint, it is only normal to expect the property to be clean, well-maintained and safe from any risks or dangers. If you slip and fall because of the restaurant's negligence, you can pursue a personal injury claim against the restaurant, and in that claim, you can receive compensation for the damages that you suffered because of the accident.
The first step in letting the restaurant know that you are pursuing a personal injury claim is to send a demand letter. The demand letter lets them know that you are holding them responsible for your damages and that you believe their negligence caused the slip and fall that lead to your injuries. Because of the complexity of such claims, you should consult with a personal injury attorney who handles premises liability and slip and fall claims.
The Demand Letter
When you send the demand letter to the restaurant and their insurer, you will need to include the specific details and prove liability. You should also include supporting documentation that shows they are liable for the accident, so they must pay for your damages.
If all four elements of negligence are met, you will have a successful personal injury claim for your slip and fall. Here are some details that you or your personal injury attorney might include in your demand letter after a slip and fall:
- Include the basics – specify when, where, and how the accident took place
- Specify your injuries and damages
- Explain why the burger restraurant is liable – the wet floor or the loose tiles and how the problem should have been corrected
- Include supporting documentation, such as medical bills, photos of the accident scene, photos of injuries, witness statements, proof of missed work and lost wages, medical records, and so forth
- Itemize the damages and list them out to show which damages you suffered and the value of each damage
- Then include a total of what you want to settle the personal injury claim; ask for more than the minimum amount you are willing to take (remember, you will have to negotiate, and the insurance company will always offer less than what you deserve)
Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you suffered a slip and fall that could have been avoided, but the store’s employees were negligent and didn’t address the issues, then you can file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your damages. Your chances of a successful personal injury claim increase greatly with the help of a personal injury lawyer, so talk with an attorney today.
You will not have any out-of-pocket expenses or upfront costs because personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, so your attorney won't get paid until you get a judgment or a settlement. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page today, so a lawyer in your area can review the details of your case and determine the best ways to proceed with your claim.
*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.