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Slip and Fall Injuries at Skyline Chili Restaurant

Skyline Chili restaurant storefrontSlip and fall injuries, in places of business, are far too common. Accidents happen, and some people fall for reasons that are not related to safety issues in the business. Unfortunately, a slip and fall can cause severe and debilitating injuries.

Determining if the fault lies with a safety issue in a business or is the fault of the customer can be a complicated process. The Skyline Chili restaurant has a history of safety issues that have lead to slip and fall injuries. All restaurants pose the same risks, but some do a superior job of managing risks and working to ensure customer safety. The most common reasons for restaurant falls:

  • Wet floors from mopping, tracked in from outside, or from spilled drinks
  • Greasy floors from food and other substances dropped on the floor
  • Food, or food containers, dropped and left on the floor
  • Loose, slippery or unsafe floor coverings
  • Uneven flooring, wrinkled rugs or carpet
  • Staircases in disrepair, or loose railings
  • Cracked sidewalks and walkways

Providing a safe dining experience is the responsibility of any restaurant. Clear walkways, safe floors, and the immediate clean up of dropped food and spilled drinks are a minimum standard to prevent slip and fall accidents. Clear lighting, marked walkways, removal of trip hazards, and special care with sloped ramps or surfaces can help avoid unnecessary slip and fall injuries. Premise liability occurs when the minimum standards of safety are not maintained.

Under Florida law, if you are injured due to a failure to maintain a standard of care,  you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Lost wages, both now and in the future
  • Permanent disability
  • Medical cost
  • Emotional distress

We don’t tend to think of slip and falls as serious injuries, yet some injuries can be devasting or even deadly. The elderly and disabled population is at a higher risk of slip and fall type injuries. The two most serious injuries from a slip and fall accident are:

  1. Traumatic brain injury (TBI)—caused by the head making contact with the floor or another object in a fall. These types of injuries can range from a mild concussion to a severe and life-threatening brain injury. One particularly dangerous thing about TBI’s is that a person can appear fine immediately after the injury. It is only after the brain starts to swell, or slowly bleed, that symptoms begin to manifest. TBI’s can leave life-long effects, and require life-long care.
  2. Broken hips—A fractured hip is a painful and traumatic injury for anyone, but it carries a particular risk in the older population. A broken hip requires a prolonged recovery time, and this time of being unable to move about is especially dangerous for the elderly. It can take up to a year to heal from a broken hip, and some people never regain the same mobility that they had before the fall.

In addition to these life-threatening injuries, slip and fall accidents frequently result in:

  • Sprained ankles and wrist
  • Cuts, abrasions and bruising
  • Knee injuries
  • Broken bones

If you sustain a slip and fall injury or are with someone who does, knowing what to do can make a difference in being able to prove the premise liability of the place of business.  Immediately after the fall, you should:

  • Take pictures or video of the area where you fell. Make sure to document any apparent hazards, such as liquid on the floor or trip hazards. Take photos from different angles.
  • Notify and file an injury report with restaurant management. Only state the facts and asks for a copy of the report.
  • Ask for contact information from anyone nearby who may have witnessed the fall.
  • Seek medical attention, especially if you may have hit your head. If you have noticeable pain or a visible injury, get medical care immediately after the fall. However, if you think you are just bruised and sore, but you did strike your head, it is always better to be safe than sorry. If there is any concern that the injury is serious, have the restaurant call an ambulance. If you limp around for a couple of days, then decide to seek medical attention, you are at risk of making your injury worse. It could be a torn ligament, broken bone or severe sprain. You also risk making your claim more difficult as the business will question why you didn’t seek help right away. Always request copies of your medical records.
  • Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Do not deal directly with the restaurant or other places of business where your fall occurred. If you sustained an injury, you want to have experienced representation before having any conversation with the business owner.

The attorneys at The Injury Firm are skilled and experienced with helping you get the compensation you deserve after a slip and fall injury. They offer a free consultation and will give you an honest assessment of the strength of your case against the premise owner. Call today for your FREE Consultation: 954-951-0000.

The Injury Firm
2000 N.E. 45th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308

Phone (954) 951-0000
Fax: (954) 951-1000
Email: info@flinjuryfirm.com

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