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Slip and Fall Accident at Catfish Dewey’s

With all you can eat options, Alaskan snow crab legs, barbecue baby back ribs, catfish, and other delicious dishes, it’s no surprise that Catfish Dewey’s is popular in and around Florida. For most people, the company provides a pleasant dining experience and memories to last with friends, family, colleagues, and others. However, the experience doesn’t quite end as happily for others.

Of course, we’re talking about premises liability and experiencing a slip and fall accident while on the property of Catfish Dewey’s. Unfortunately, many people around the United States experience slip and fall accidents each year, and restaurants are one of the most common locations for this accident.

Whether heading to a restaurant for business or pleasure, you don’t expect to suffer a serious injury. When workers at Catfish Dewey’s and other restaurants are negligent, this is a serious possibility. If you’ve been injured as a result of an accident in Catfish Dewey’s, we encourage you to pick up the phone and contact a restaurant accident lawyer. The negligence laws are designed to protect all customers after the employees (or the business itself) fail in their responsibility to look after all those on the premises.

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

The reason so many people experience slip and fall accidents in restaurants is that there are so many potential hazards that exist. For example, a customer could drop a drink or some food. If the employees don’t deal with this hazard in good time, you might come along and slip. Depending on the nature of the restaurant, you could hit an elbow on a nearby table on the way down or you could even hit your head.

In other cases, we’ve seen people stumble in the parking lot because of broken handrails, damaged concrete, or a lack of lighting. Back inside, you might trip over an upturned carpet, damaged staircase, uneven flooring, or another hazard.

Whatever the accident, know that all businesses have a duty of care to customers. In other words, they should provide a safe environment for all those entering the premises and should deal with any hazards that arise quickly and efficiently. If Catfish Dewey’s fails to take this responsibility seriously, reach out to The Injury Firm today. Your restaurant accident lawyer will protect your legal rights and make a claim against the business. If you’re not responsible for the accident, you shouldn’t be responsible for the medical bills and other costs.

Negligence Laws

We mentioned that businesses have a duty of care to all customers, but what does this actually mean? It means that owners need to train staff to look out for hazards and deal with them before they cause an accident. Since business and landowners have this responsibility, claiming that they ‘didn’t know’ a hazard existed isn’t a strong enough defense. If spillage is present in the restaurant for three hours, Catfish Dewey’s can’t use the defense that they weren’t aware of the hazard because they should have known.

Thanks to negligence laws, most businesses do all they can to provide a safe experience. The business needs to meet the many regulations and standards, and this means providing a safe environment for all customers. In premises liability cases, one of the things that your attorney will determine is whether the business knew or should have known about the hazard.

As much as we support slip and fall accident victims, we can’t expect Catfish Dewey’s to deal with a spillage ten seconds after it happens. Let’s say that a customer knocks over a glass of water and another customer passing the table seconds later slips. Ten seconds isn’t enough time for a member of the wait staff to spot the spillage, clear it up, and put down ‘wet floor’ signs.

On the other hand, negligence laws protect customers when businesses take too long to act on hazards. If the spillage had been present for two hours before your slip, the law suggests that the business should have spotted it and removed the hazard to prevent injury to guests. If they didn’t, this could be seen as negligence and you may be able to recuperate compensation.

We’ve focused heavily on spillages in this guide, but the same goes for broken handrails, poor lighting around the building, damaged stairs, upturned carpets and rugs, and more. If Catfish Dewey’s either knew about the hazard or should have known about it, you may have a premises liability case against them.

Common Injuries After a Slip and Fall Accident

In truth, we’ve seen it all over the years and it’s fair to say that slip and fall accidents cause all types of injuries. For example, common injuries include broken bones, sprains, and strains. Often, people put out their hands to break the fall and this causes a shockwave up to the elbow and shoulder. It’s common for people to dislocate their shoulders or damage their wrists as a result of this.

Sadly, in more severe cases, you might hit your head either on the way down or on the ground. This could lead to neck injuries, traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and other damage. Of course, this leads to lots of medical treatment and this could even include surgery. Even after you’re out of the hospital, your slip and fall accident injuries could force continued physiotherapy and other medical appointments.

Wrongful Death

If you’re reading this on behalf of a lost loved one, we first send our condolences to both you and your family. Losing a loved one is hard, and this is especially true when the negligence of a business is to blame. If this is the case, contact The Injury Firm as soon as possible to start the premises liability process.

Types of Slip and Fall Accident Compensation

Ultimately, the compensation you receive completely depends on the severity of the accident. Why? Although the term ‘compensation’ has evolved over the years, the goal is still to recuperate costs rather than trying to get revenge or make millions. Those who suffer life-changing injuries may get this amount, but the first aim is to recover the cost of medical bills and other expenses.

As you seek medical attention and spend time in the hospital, medical bills are one of the biggest expenses included in a compensation package. If you’re an innocent victim of a slip and fall accident, you shouldn’t have to deal with the hospital costs. Likewise, you can recover wages lost while unable to work.

Elsewhere, we’ve seen cases that include loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. As you may have noticed, there are two types of damages:

  • Economic Damages - These are tangible losses with an economic value attached including lost wages and medical bills. With both, you can point to an actual figure and see how you’ve lost out as a result of the accident.
  • Non-Economic Damages - On the other hand, these damages have no monetary value but were still caused by the accident. Examples include pain and suffering and emotional distress.

While on this note, it’s important to discuss the potential compensation package for those claiming wrongful death. As well as the economic damages, your claim could contain loss of consortium, loss of companionship, and other losses. Your quality of life shouldn’t suffer just because your loved one was the main provider, and the compensation deal will reflect this.

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In this guide, we’re talking specifically about Catfish Dewey’s. However, the same applies to all restaurants around Florida. This includes Coconuts, Hardy Park Bistro, Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille, Rustic Inn Crabhouse, Rendezvous Bar & Grille, Gilbert’s 17th Street Grille, and the Foxy Brown.

If you’ve suffered a slip and fall injury at any of these locations, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and speak to one of our experts today. Just because Catfish Dewey’s is a large company with a large clientele doesn’t mean that you won’t recover compensation after a slip and fall accident. We understand how the process works and we’re ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Why work with a restaurant accident lawyer in premises liability cases? We know the negligence laws inside out and can help you to recover compensation while you focus on recovery or grieving. Insurance companies will likely contact you to get a statement, but we know the tricks they pull to get you to admit blame and reduce payments.

At all times, we’ll protect your rights while gathering evidence and compiling a strong case. If the insurance company doesn’t offer a fair deal, we have the resources to litigate and take a premises liability case in front of a judge.

Finally, we’re personable and do everything we can to help our clients. It all starts with a free case evaluation and, if we take your case on, you won’t pay anything until the resolution. And, if we don’t win, you owe nothing!  If you’ve been injured in Catfish Dewey’s, contact us today!

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