When you enter a restaurant, you should not have to be concerned that there are unsafe conditions that could result in serious injuries. But unfortunately, restaurant accidents can occur and can result in serious injuries and damages. So if you find yourself in this situation, continue reading to learn how one of the experienced Howard County slip & fall accident attorneys at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates can guide you through your claims process and help you obtain the compensation that you rightfully deserve.
What are the common causes of restaurant accidents in the state of Maryland?
Restaurant accidents are commonly caused by a restaurant owner’s negligence. That is, when a restaurant owner fails to make sure there are no hazardous conditions present, innocent patrons can become seriously injured. These usually occur in the form of slip and falls, and examples are as follows:
- Spilled drinks leave slippery surfaces, particularly when caution signs are not displayed.
- Dropped food leaves slippery surfaces, particularly when caution signs are not displayed.
- An unturned rug or mat.
- Defective or dangerous stairwells.
- Unsafe surfaces in the restaurant’s parking lot.
- Unsafe surfaces on the restaurant’s sidewalk.
- Dim lighting prevents you from seeing potential hazards.
You must understand that the above slip and fall accidents are not only experienced by patrons but may also be experienced by employees of the establishment.
What do I need to prove in my restaurant accident claim?
When filing a personal injury claim, you must establish the at-fault party’s negligence. Specifically, you must prove the following:
- The restaurant owner, manager, or employee knew or should have known about the unsafe conditions.
- The restaurant owner, manager, or employee failed to repair or otherwise remove the unsafe conditions in a timely matter.
- You were injured as a result of the dangerous conditions.
- Your injury caused you to sustain considerable damages (i.e., medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, etc).
With this, you must collect sufficient evidence to satisfy your burden of proof. So, immediately after your accident, you should retain the following pieces of proof:
- A copy of the police report that was conducted by an officer at the scene of your accident.
- Pictures and videos that show your injuries, damages, and the dangerous conditions that contributed to your accident.
- Witness testimonies of your accident.
- Surveillance camera footage that shows your accident occurring.
- Medical documents that note the date, time, and seriousness of your injuries.
- Medical bills that note the expense of your injuries.
Our firm can help you with gathering the above pieces of proof and more. So, contact a skilled Howard County personal injury attorney as immediately as possible.
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If you or a family member has sustained severe injuries in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.