You may think that a restaurant is a safe place to gather with friends and family. But unfortunately, accidents occur more often than you may think at these establishments. So if you find yourself involved in a restaurant accident, follow along to understand whether you are eligible to receive compensation and how a proficient St. Mary’s County slip and fall lawyer of The Dorsey Law Firm can guide you step by step through your claims process.
What are the common causes of restaurant accidents in the state of Maryland?
You must understand that restaurant owners are legally obligated to ensure that their premises are safe. So when they instead practice negligence, this is when an accident, and subsequent injuries and damages, are likely to occur. Restaurant accidents usually happen in the form of slip and falls, and examples of such are as follows:
- Spilled drinks leave slippery surfaces, especially when caution signs are not present.
- Dropped food leaves slippery surfaces, especially when caution signs are not present.
- An unturned rug or mat.
- Defective or dangerous stairwells.
- Unsafe/uneven pavement in the restaurant’s parking lot.
- Unsafe/uneven surfaces on the restaurant’s sidewalk.
- Poor lighting prevents you from seeing potentially unsafe conditions.
You must also understand that the above slip and fall accidents are not only experienced by patrons but may also be experienced by employees of the establishment.
How can I receive compensation after a restaurant accident in the state of Maryland?
After your restaurant accident, you may require financial compensation to make up for your medical bills, lost wages, or even your non-economic damages. To increase the likelihood of this, you must prove the following in your personal injury claim:
- The restaurant owner, manager, or employee knew or should have known about the hazardous conditions.
- The restaurant owner, manager, or employee failed to fix or otherwise clear away the hazardous conditions in a timely matter.
- You were injured as a result of the hazardous conditions.
- Your injury caused you to sustain considerable damages (i.e., medical bills, lost wages, etc).
And to prove this, you must collect evidence that satisfies your burden of proof. Examples of such proof are as follows:
- A copy of the police report that was conducted by a law enforcement officer at the scene of your accident.
- Pictures and videos that captured your injuries, damages, and the hazardous conditions that contributed to your accident.
- Witness testimonies of your accident.
- Surveillance camera footage that captured your accident occurring.
- Medical documents that describe the date, time, and seriousness of your injuries.
- Medical bills that note the expense of your injuries.
Our firm can help you with gathering any or all of the above. So, reach out to a talented Leonardtown personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
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