Opening a restaurant is one of the riskiest business endeavors today, with a serious percentage of these operations going bankrupt within the first year. A lot can go wrong — and restaurants face many financial hurdles. One of the biggest issues these businesses face is the prospect of lawsuits. A restaurant can be sued for many reasons. But the real question is simple: When exactly can you sue for injuries you’ve sustained due to the negligence of a restaurant? Here are a few examples:
Slips and Falls
Perhaps the most obvious reason to sue a restaurant is for a slip and fall. For example, you might have been walking to your table when you slipped on a wet floor, causing you to strike your head on a chair and suffer a traumatic brain injury. In this situation, you could potentially sue the restaurant for negligence if they left the spill unaddressed for an extended period of time. You may also sue if the restaurant failed to put up “wet floor” signs.
You may also sue a restaurant for food poisoning in some situations. However, these cases are rare since food poisoning is quite difficult to prove. In order to win this type of lawsuit, you would need to show conclusively that the tainted food came from one specific restaurant. And since the average person eats multiple meals per day, this can be difficult to accomplish. However, it is possible — and there are a few examples of plaintiffs winning settlements for food poisoning.
Restaurants can be held accountable for assaults that occur on their premises under negligent security claims. The logic is that if restaurants become aware of a pattern of violence or an underlying security risk due to the type and nature of the business, they must protect patrons against harm from other patrons. Some restaurants, such as 24-hour fast-food establishments, seem to attract criminals and violent individuals. Once these businesses become aware of this, they must create a solid security system. If not, they can be sued for assaults on their property.
Dram Shop Laws
In some situations, you can sue a restaurant for serving alcohol to someone who then injures you in a car crash. But unlike many other states, Florida’s “dram shop” laws are quite limiting. In order to win this type of lawsuit, you must show that the restaurant willingly and knowingly served alcohol to either a minor or a “habitually addicted” alcoholic.
Where Can I Find a Qualified, Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Walton Beach?
If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced personal injury lawyer in Fort Walton Beach, look no further than the Browning Law Firm, P.A. Over the years, we have helped numerous victims in the Fort Walton Beach area — including those who have been injured in restaurants. We know that these establishments are filled with all kinds of hazards — and we can guide you toward a positive outcome in the most confident manner possible. Book your consultation to get started with an effective action plan.
Browning Law Firm, P.A.
418 Racetrack Rd NE, Ste B
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
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