If you’ve incurred injuries from a slip and fall accident at a Starbucks location, you may be entitled to a settlement from the corporation’s insurance company. That settlement may cover medical expenses and other losses, including things like pain and suffering. In cases where a fair settlement is not offered though, a personal injury lawsuit can be filed.
Hazards in a Starbucks
Starbucks is one of the most common sights in communities big and small. The coffee shop chain has more than 11,000 locations throughout the United States and expands its reach every year. These coffee shops are often busy and crowded. They feature indoor and outdoor seating, each of which presents its own potential slip and fall hazards. The local climate can have affects on the types of hazards patrons may encounter as well.
- Cramped quarters indoors may cause you to trip
- Spilled beverages and food that are not properly cleaned up create slick floors
- Water from sinks and toilets on bathroom floors can cause you to slip
- Many locations feature gravel patches and other uneven ground in outdoor areas which can cause you to lose your footing
Ice and snow can present outdoor hazards, causing slick conditions and uneven walking paths. Water or puddles may form indoors from snow and ice tracked in by patrons, creating slip and fall conditions if not cleaned or clearly marked with “wet floor” signs. Heavy rain may cause similar indoor and outdoor conditions.
What Happens if you Slip and Fall at Starbucks?
If you slipped a Starbucks, the first and most important thing to do is to make sure you seek medical attention. It's very important to seek treatment from a doctor, so that your injuries can be properly documented. You should then report this accident to the manager to the manager of the Starbucks.
Documentation is the key to any claim, if you slip at a Starbucks, make sure to get any witness statements, take pictures of the exact location of where you slipped, and make sure you remember the events surrounding the fall. Throughout all of this, make sure to have a calm demeanor.
Is Starbucks Liable for Your Slip-and-Fall Accident?
Starbucks are popular destinations. Accidents happen for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is how busy each shop is every day. When accidents happen due to the negligence of an employee or manager however, you have a claim for damages.
There have been numerous slip and fall claims filed against various Starbucks locations. Perhaps the most famous case occurred in 2011 when Starbucks settled a claim for more than $7.5 million with a man that suffered a slip and fall inside a San Diego, California coffee shop. The patron slipped on a newly mopped floor that was so wet it presented a serious safety hazard.
Getting Help With a Starbucks Personal Injury Claim
When a slip and fall accident is clearly the result of improper shop maintenance or employee neglect, Starbucks may be quick to settle an insurance claim. Many claims however take negotiating and an attorney’s assistance can be invaluable. If your personal injury case is less clear or difficult to prove, you may need to proceed to court, in which case a personal injury attorney’s expertise becomes even more important.
Further Reading About Starbucks
If you've been injured in a Starbucks and you believe that Starbucks was liable for your accident, you may want to get started with the process of filing a claim against them.
While it's always a good idea to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer regarding filing a claim, we do have more resources about the process, which you can find here:
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Starbucks, you may not be entitled to any compensation.