Slip and fall accidents are common and can cause some nasty injuries, especially if you fall awkwardly, or hit your head on something hard or sharp. These sorts of accidents happen just about anywhere and are quite common in fast food restaurants.
If your accident could have been prevented and/or was caused by poor management practices you may be able to claim compensation through a personal injury claim. You should discuss the accident with a personal injury lawyer who will take your case if you have good grounds for making a claim.
Slip and Fall Accidents at a Fast Food Restaurant
Slip and fall accidents usually occur whenever the floor surface is slippery. You don’t expect the floor in a fast food restaurant to be slippery. In fact, most of these restaurants do make an effort to keep them scrupulously clean.
However, there are some exceptions to the general pattern of good management practices. Some restaurants seem to struggle to respond to occasions where spots on the floor have become messy and are a hazard to customers.
Cleaners may also wash the floor, but neglect to warn customers or fail to prevent them from walking on wet surfaces. A failure to respond to a known safety hazard may be considered negligence if an accident occurs.
The Personal Injury Process After a Slip and Fall Injury
If you have had a nasty fall and have suffered a significant injury in a Burger King or any other restaurant, you should make sure you see a doctor and get proper treatment. If this involves any cost to you, you should obtain documentation from anywhere you have to go to receive treatment. You would normally have two to three years after the accident to file a personal injury claim with the restaurant’s insurer, but you are advised to start the claim process as soon as you are able to do so.
A successful personal injury claim depends on proving that the injury could have been avoided if acceptable safety measures had been in place. You will need to have some evidence that the staff or at least the managers were negligent in allowing a slippery floor to remain unnoticed or not attended to fast enough to prevent an accident.
Will a Lawyer Take my Case?
It is best to contact a lawyer who has had firsthand experience dealing with slip and fall accidents. Many personal injury lawyers will have had this experience and will certainly advise you about your chances of obtaining compensation if you file a claim.
Whether the lawyer will take your case will depend on whether they think you have good grounds for making a claim. The lawyer will help you with procuring evidence, obtaining documentation justifying the amount of money you wish to claim and negotiate with the company’s insurer on your behalf. Fill in the Free Case Evaluation form above and get your personal injury claim started before you are out of time.
*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.