When you go out to eat at a restaurant, you expect to have a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, accidents on commercial properties happen all the time, including at restaurants. If you have suffered injuries in this situation, you may be able to recover compensation for your harm. At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, our seasoned Fort Myers premises liability lawyers have helped many accident victims hold negligent restaurant owners accountable for hazards on their property.Pursuing Compensation after an Accident at a Restaurant
Restaurants are required to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition for patrons. This includes areas both inside and outside the building, including sidewalks and parking lots. Accidents can take place due to a variety of hazardous situations, including:
- Items dropped on the floor;
- Spilled liquids on the floor;
- Overhead décor or products that could fall on a patron;
- Uneven floors or stairs; or
- Poorly lit parking lots.
A patron hurt at a restaurant may have a claim against the owner for failing to keep the property in a safe condition. Under premises liability law, restaurant patrons are considered “invitees,” or individuals who enter the property for commercial reasons, and they are owed the highest duty of care when compared to other categories of visitors. As a result, property owners must take reasonable steps to perform regular maintenance, fix a hazardous condition of which they are aware or should have been aware, or warn of any danger on the property that has not been repaired.
In order to establish a restaurant owner’s negligence, a plaintiff must show that the owner owed the patron a duty of care, the owner breached the duty of care by failing to properly maintain the property, the owner’s breach was the direct cause of the slip and fall or other accident, and quantifiable damages were incurred.
If negligence is successfully shown, the plaintiff likely will be able to recover damages for his or her injuries. Some common examples of economic costs and losses that may be recoverable include medical bills, the costs of future medical treatment, and lost income. Furthermore, a plaintiff may be able to recover non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering or scarring and disfigurement.
After you have been hurt at a restaurant, it is important to act quickly. Under Florida law, accident victims only have a limited window of time to file their claims. Thus, it is important to work with an attorney who will be attentive to the relevant timelines in your case.Discuss Your Premises Liability Claim with a Fort Myers Lawyer
At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, our Fort Myers premises liability attorneys can carefully examine the details of your case and develop a legal strategy suited to your needs and goals. You can rest assured that we will vigorously pursue the compensation that you deserve. While we aim to settle every case, we are always ready to advocate for you at trial if necessary. Our slip and fall attorneys also serve accident victims in Naples, Lehigh Acres, Port Charlotte, and Sarasota, among other cities. Call us toll-free at (800) 283-7442 or contact us through our online form for a free consultation.