When a restaurant employee cleans the floors and fails to put out caution signs, or when a server spills a drink and continues to walk away without cleaning it up or warning others of the hazard, someone can fall as a result. Sadly, many people entering restaurants are unaware that these hazards even exist. For example, customers walking into a restaurant typically look straight ahead at the hostess stand and not at the ground where there may be an obstacle, torn carpet, uneven ground, or wet floor.
When hazards like spilled liquids or wet floors exist and a customer falls, serious injuries can occur, including:
- Arm fractures
- Hand and wrist injuries
- Shoulder and elbow injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Knee injuries, such as MCL and ACL injuries
- Leg fractures
- Hip fractures
- Fractured femur
- Head trauma
- Traumatic brain injury
What to Do After a Restaurant-Related Slip and Fall Injury
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately and that you report the accident to the restaurant manager on duty. Make sure you get the manager’s name and ask him or her to take down an accident report. If possible, ask the hostess or other customers waiting in the area if they saw your fall. If someone saw your fall and what contributed to the fall, ask for his or her contact information. Additionally, you should take pictures on your cell phone of the accident site and the danger that caused your fall.
When slip and falls in Georgia occur due to spilled liquid not being cleaned up or cautioned off properly, the restaurant may be liable for your injuries. In order to establish a strong case to prove liability, you will need the expertise of a skilled Atlanta slip and fall accident attorney. For help collecting compensation and seeking justice, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation at 770-HURT-999.