Restaurants are visited by millions of people daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While many restaurants do a fine job of cooking and serving your meal—focusing on food—they may not be focused on their floors and the safety of the restaurant. When a wet floor or another hazard occurs, customers as well as food servers can slip and fall in a Georgia restaurant.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, more than one million guests and three million food service employees are injured in restaurant slip and fall accidents annually. Some of the main causes of Atlanta slip and fall accidents in restaurants include:
- Lack of slip-resistant flooring materials
- Failure to use secured mats
- Poor cleaning and floor maintenance practices
- Cleaning with products that aren’t compatible for the particular flooring surface
- Spilled liquids
- Lack of using caution “wet floor” signs
Because food servers are constantly refilling drinks and brining and clearing plates, spills occur frequently in restaurants. Employees should be trained on what to do, how to caution off the area to warn customers, and how to clean the affected floor quickly and properly. Although spilled liquids and wet floors contribute to the most restaurant-related fall accidents and injuries, defects in the floor can also lead to fall accidents and injuries. This can include:
- Uneven flooring
- Torn carpeting
- Cracks in cement
When customers or servers fall due to a hazardous condition or due to someone else’s negligence, they may have a premises liability case against the property owner or restaurant owner for their injuries. Many slip and fall injuries have included fractured bones, neck injuries, back injuries, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, arm injuries, leg injuries, head trauma, and brain injury.
If you have found yourself a victim of a restaurant slip and fall accident in Atlanta, you need to turn to an experienced premises liability lawyer to help you collect evidence, establish liability, and guide you through the process of the legal system. Shane Smith Law can help you strengthen your case and pursue justice to make sure you get the financial compensation that you deserve. Call Atlanta slip and fall attorney Shane Smith for help today at (980) 246-2656 and find out more about your rights in a free consultation.