Fast food restaurants are seeing an increase in slip and fall accidents involving customers of all ages, but particularly impacting seniors. The National Council on Aging reports that in 2021, one out of every four older Americans experience a fall. In addition, falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries, hospital emergency visits and admissions among seniors.
As the senior population increases in the United States, it makes sense that we are seeing more slip and fall accidents in fast food restaurants and other establishments. In order to prevent these serious accidents, business management and owners are required to implement safety standards involving cleanliness, hazard free movement, and other safety regulations. Failure to provide a safe establishment increases the chances of a customer falling and the business owner being declared negligent and therefore liable for damages.
If you or a loved one have suffered a fall in a fast food restaurant or other establishment and the accident was caused by lax safety measures, hazards, or other preventable conditions, the business owner may be held liable for your injuries. An injury lawyer with experience in slip and fall personal injury claims at Arby’s or other restaurants can help you seek financial compensation for your losses. Contact the team at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers by calling (800) 577-5188 to discuss your legal options during a free consultation.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, but are more common in places where the negligence and oversight of a business owner or staff member permits a dangerous condition to exist. Public locations like shopping malls, convenience stores, grocery stores and fast food restaurants are frequent locations where slip and fall accidents occur.
Conditions that may exist in Arby’s or other public places that increase the risk of suffering a slip and fall accident include:
- Uneven surfaces caused by cracked floors, chipped tile etc.
- Mats or rugs that aren’t laid flat
- Freshly mopped or waxed floors
- Spilled liquids such as ice around a drink machine
- Trash or garbage on the floor
- Poor lighting
If a store manager, business owner, or worker allows unsafe conditions to exist and you suffer a slip and fall accident, they may be liable and legally responsible to pay for your medical expenses and compensate for other losses.
Personal Injuries From Slip and Fall Accidents
If you are lucky a simple fall will hurt nothing more than your pride. Unfortunately, most people aren’t that lucky. Slip and fall accidents often cause serious, painful and sometimes long-lasting injuries. Tragically, some slip and fall accidents even cause death.
The most frequent injuries caused by a slip and fall accident include:
- Head Injuries: concussions, painful bumps and bruises, unconsciousness, TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
- Broken Bones: Commonly of the arm and wrist trying to break the fall, hip fractures.
- Sprains and Strains: Ankle sprains, strained ligaments in the knee, ankle or wrist.
- Lacerations, scrapes, bruises: Cuts on the hands or face. Serious bruising to the knees or hip.
It is human nature to try to brush off a fall and minimize what happened to avoid embarrassment and unwanted attention, however, doing so can lead to even more serious complications, delayed healing, and may cause you to miss out on receiving the compensation you deserve.
The initial shock and adrenaline after a fall can mask the intensity of your pain and the true extent of your injuries. It is important for your continued health to receive the proper medical treatment and document the injuries that may worsen or appear in the hours or days following the slip and fall accident.
If you have legal concerns regarding a slip and fall accident at Arby’s or any other establishment, the team at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you. Call (800) 577-5188 for a no obligation, free consultation. Jason Stone Injury Lawyers can get started working on your case within 24 hours of your consultation.
Who’s Responsible For A Slip and Fall Accident At Arby’s?
Business owners, managers and fast food workers have a duty to keep their premises safe and free of hazards. Taken as a whole, business owners do their best to try and avoid slip and fall accidents and provide a pleasant and comfortable place for their customers. Staff is frequently taught safety rules and procedure, and management should see that these rules are followed. Unfortunately, management is not always on top of every situation and slip and fall accidents where a business is liable, still occur regularly.
In order to successfully settle a slip and fall case using the premises liability laws that regulate these case types, certain parameters and criteria must be met. An Arby’s slip and fall accident lawyer can discuss the specific details of your case and evaluate whether your accident meets the following criteria.
Determining Liability in Slip and Fall Accidents
- The business owner or an employee caused the spill, hazard, or other dangerous condition that caused the fall.
- The property owner or worker was aware that a danger existed and did nothing to remedy the situation.
- A dangerous situation existed that the owner should have known about, but because of negligent property management, it wasn’t discovered in time to prevent injury.
- A hazard existed and was known about but customers were not warned, such as a wet floor without a caution barrier.
In addition to proving negligence, accident victims must also show that the hazard indeed caused the fall, that the fall caused injury, and that the injury resulted in financial and, in some serious cases, non-economic losses such as pain and suffering, mental anguish etc. If you were unharmed and did not suffer injuries in the accident, then liability will likely not be proved.
Receiving fair compensation for your injuries is highly likely when you have an experienced legal team that can gather evidence to prove negligence, show the extent of your injuries, and document the financial damages that resulted from falling.
Contact Jason Stone Injury Lawyers Today
Let Jason Stone Injury Lawyers ease the financial burden of your Arby’s slip and fall accident by taking advantage of their free, no obligation, initial consultation. It is important that you spend your energy healing from your fall, not worrying about how to pay for an attorney. At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, you don’t pay until we win your case. Call today. (800) 577-5188.