What happens if you slip and fall on someone else’s property?

Nov 08

I’ve been working in the restaurant industry for more than ten years. I currently work at a chain restaurant, and one of the other locations got sued after a slip and fall happened last year. After the suit was handled, corporate offices came down on all of the managers with new training in the event of slips, trips, and falls. Apparently, the corporate office had to pay out a lot more than they wanted to because they didn’t have a system in place to properly document slip and fall accidents.

Now whenever someone trips and falls in one of our restaurants, we have to go through a pretty rigorous process to make sure we have all of our bases covered. First, we take photographs of the place where the injury happened and make a note of the condition that caused a person to slip and fall. Then we have to make sure to save the videotape if we are able to get the accident on camera. After that, we talk to people that saw the incident happen and get the story from their point of view. Finally we right down all the details we’ve collected and prepare a full incident report. That’s a lot of work for a simple trip, but it’s corporate’s rules for every accident now.

I talked to some employees at the other restaurant that gave their testimony in court and they said that corporate went so far as to hire forensics people to recreate the scene and describe how an injury could have occurred in the first place. The forensics people recreated the restaurant scene on their computer and showed everyone how the layout of the scene affected the slip and fall.

I didn’t realize that slip and fall lawsuits happened so much in this country. If I slipped and fell at a restaurant and had to miss work, I would want the restaurant to pay for my hospital visit and time away from work. I always thought that it would just be bad luck if something like that happened to me, but now I know I can hire someone to help me get compensated if I’m injured on business property like that. 

I’ve been looking at attorneys’ websites, like this one that was very informative. The law office is called The Law Office of William J. Luse, and the firm is based in Myrtle Beach. It helped me learn more about personal injury claims and what to do if you are hurt.

I’m also taking more care to warn customers of potential slip and fall places at my restaurant. Most slip and falls don’t cause an injury, but if an elderly person falls down they could get severe bruises or even break a bone. I would hate to see that happen to one of our customers because we didn’t have a sign up to warn them. 


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