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Slip and Fall at Outback Steakhouse

outback storefrontIt’s a dangerous world out there, one trip in a store can lead to hefty medical bills and even serious injuries. Perhaps there’s a spillage in a local restaurant? Again, this can cause damaged hips, knees, backs, and more. Although it’s not something we like to think about, injuries do occur in the most normal of environments. Today, we want to think about Outback Steakhouse and how you can deal with a potential slip and fall in one of their outlets.

Outback Steakhouse - Profile

In the US today, we have restaurant chains of all themes from Chinese to Mexican (and everything in between). For Outback Steakhouse, it’s everything Australian, and it has proven a popular choice all over the country. With headquarters in Tampa, Florida, they have over 1,000 outlets across the US while also operating in a total of 23 countries.

Rather than an Australian eatery making its way to the US, it’s actually a brand that launched in the United States. Back in 1988, the first restaurant opened in Tampa and they haven’t looked back since. Included in the 23 countries, we actually find Australia because the brand has found a place in its own ‘home’. It seems lots of countries enjoy the American take on Australian cuisine.

Potential Injuries at Outback Steakhouse

In truth, there are a number of potential risks and hazards in all restaurants, and this is why a significant portion of slip and fall accidents originate in this arena. Thankfully, the majority of people who have a slip and fall accident in Outback Steakhouse don’t require a personal injury lawyer. Sadly, there are some who slip on cleaning supplies, spilt food, cracked pavement, liquids, upturned carpeting, and other hazards and experience serious or life-changing injuries.

In some cases that we’ve seen, injuries were even caused by broken equipment, wet surfaces after rain had been tracked inside, and other temporary problems. In terms of injuries, the extent of the damage is often down to a number of factors. For example, it depends on the individual, the hazard itself, the type of fall, and how the victim lands.

All things considered, a slip and fall victim may experience the following;

  • Brain injuries
  • Fractured/broken limbs
  • Broken wrists (in an attempt to break a fall)
  • Spinal damage
  • Knee and hip damage

If you have experienced an injury from this list (or even a serious injury not mentioned here), you may be entitled to compensation. Especially if the fall wasn’t a result of your own actions or negligence, you may be able to receive financial compensation with the help of a personal injury lawyer.

Experiencing a Slip and Fall Accident at Outback Steakhouse - What to Do

While some are reading this looking for a solution after a slip and fall accident, others will have come across the information during preventative research. If the latter, we want to offer some help so that you can protect your rights after a slip and fall. What’s more, following a few simple steps will also ensure that you have the best chance of success.

  1. Firstly, after an accident, contact a member of staff at Outback Steakhouse and make them aware of your injuries. At the scene, they will normally complete an accident report (or after, if your injuries are severe enough to warrant emergency attention). Not only this, you can also alert them to potential dangers so that they’re fixed and nobody else has to experience the same as you.
  1. What you do next will depend on the extent of your injuries. If you’re able, we recommend taking some photographs of the scene (if there’s a particular hazard that shouldn’t have been present, make this clear in the pictures). While creating visuals on how you got injured, you will also want to photograph the injuries themselves. If your injuries are too severe, ask somebody else to take the pictures on your behalf.
  1. Again, assuming that you’re able, gather the names and contact information of all those who saw the incident and/or the hazard. If you can get written statements from them at the time of the incident, this is even better. Often, people forget this step, but it could be the difference between a deserved compensation package and nothing at all.
  1. Next up, always follow your medical treatment plan and keep all documentation. When working with a personal injury lawyer, they will need to prove that you were seriously injured, something difficult to do when you aren’t attending the arranged medical appointments. If you don’t seek treatment immediately, Outback Steakhouse will suggest that your injuries weren’t so serious at all, and compensation will be tricky to obtain.
  1. Finally, we’ve mentioned it previously, but you should always work with a personal injury lawyer. You can absolutely go it alone, but the waters are difficult to navigate. You need to deal with insurance adjusters (and their sneaky tactics to reduce the compensation owed), lots of paperwork, and the process of building a case (all while trying to recover from an injury).

In terms of documentation, your attorney will help. This being said, we recommend keeping;

  • Medical bills
  • Medical records
  • Witness statements
  • Doctor’s notes
  • Proof of lost wages
  • Prescription receipts

If you aren’t sure where to start, keep all documentation and allow your attorney to advise you from here. After assessing your situation and starting to build a case, they will know exactly what you need to get the compensation you deserve.

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Will Help

If you’re wondering exactly how a lawyer will help with your slip and fall at Outback Steakhouse, allow us to explain. As mentioned earlier, this is something you can do alone, and some have been successful in chasing their own compensation, but the majority of people benefit from having professional assistance. Here are the reasons why you should consider reaching out to a lawyer;

Proving Liability

First and foremost, a lawyer will help to prove liability and that your injuries were a direct result of the negligence from Outback Steakhouse. When it comes to proving liability, this will ultimately decide the case so it’s important to keep in mind. If the judge decides that you were partly responsible because you lacked awareness (for example, you may have been looking down at your cell phone when a hazard was clearly present), you won’t get full compensation. Even if Outback Steakhouse is to blame but you can’t prove liability, you might not get the package expected.

Therefore, the lawyer’s primary role will require three steps;

  • Detailing and recognizing your injuries
  • Showing there was negligence or an unexpected hazard in the restaurant
  • Proving that your injuries were a direct result of this negligence

As you may have noticed, we’ve used the phrase ‘direct result’ a couple of times now, and this is important. Sure, you have injuries, but proving these injuries came from Outback Steakhouse’s negligence is another matter altogether. If a lawyer can prove that the staff at Outback Steakhouse were negligent or that the hazard didn’t have sufficient warning, and that this caused your injuries, you’ll be in good hands.

Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers

One of the biggest reasons why you should consider reaching out to a brilliant team, like the one we have at The Injury Firm, is because of the experience they offer. Rather than tackling the stressful process yourself, doesn’t it make sense to partner with a service that has been through the required procedures thousands of times and therefore know what to expect?

Unfortunately, insurance adjusters have a reputation for using deceitful strategies to pay as little compensation as possible. For example, during a telephone interview, they will try to get the victim to admit that the injuries aren’t as serious as claimed. Alternatively, they might focus on apportioning some of the blame to the victim. As soon as the victim takes one wrong step in the conversation, the potential compensation figure reduces instantly, and this is a real shame for the whole industry when companies like Outback Steakhouse should take responsibility for their actions (or lack of!).

Time

While you focus on recovery, a lawyer will have one job and one job only; to help you. Why go through late nights and hours of hard work when a lawyer does this on a daily basis anyway?

Even after this, we can mention;

  • Credibility
  • Resources (to push for a settlement or take the case to court)
  • Ability to gather evidence
  • Knowledge of laws and the process
  • Payment plans (If we don’t win the case, you owe nothing!)

Contact The Injury Firm Today

If you’ve suffered a slip and fall at Outback Steakhouse, get in touch with your personal injury lawyer at The Injury Firm today. We have experience in the field and we’re passionate about obtaining compensation for those who deserve it. Unfortunately, injuries and incidents happen in restaurants, but this doesn’t mean you should be left to deal with the consequences. We can help you to recuperate;

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering

Call now for a FREE case evaluation 954-951-0000.

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308

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