It's dinnertime and your stomach is growling. You and your friends discuss possible places to eat, eventually settling on a restaurant nearby. As you walk into the restaurant excitedly, you suddenly slip and fall, landing with a thud. Instead of leaving with a full stomach, you leave the restaurant with a number of injuries.
This is not a fictional scenario. This actually happened to a woman who had been walking through a restaurant. She slipped on some salad dressing that had fallen on the floor. She fell and sustained a number of mental and physical injuries as a result. The woman filed a premises liability lawsuit against the restaurant.
When a company or business, such as a restaurant, fails to properly clean up spills on the ground, customers can get hurt. Even a seemingly minor fall can leave a customer with chronic hip pain or even broken bones. These types of falls can be the result of negligence on the part of the property owner.
A premises liability claim often raises the issue of negligence. Was the restaurant negligent by not cleaning up the spilled salad dressing? Should the restaurant have warned customers that there was a wet floor? Could it have been foreseen that a customer might slip and fall on the dressing?
If a slip and fall is the result of someone else's negligence, fall victims can seek compensation for injuries and losses. In some cases, an injury may prevent the individual from working. This combined with medical expenses can cause some financial difficulties for the victim and his or her family.
Salad dressing should be on a salad, not on the floor of a restaurant. If it is found that the restaurant was negligent in maintaining safe conditions for patrons, the woman may be awarded compensation.
Source: The West Virginia Record: "Ranch dressing results in slip-and-fall suit against Cold Spot," Kyla Asbury, Nov. 2, 2011
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