At any given time, there are more than 26,000 restaurants of any kind in New York City. Not all of them will be around six months to a year from now, but there is always a “new place in town” that serves up something different than the one you visited last week.
A night out should be fun. But after a restaurant slip and fall accident in New York City, a night out can turn into anything but enjoyable.
Restaurant Premises Liability
Any business that welcomes the public must exercise their duty of care to keep the place safe and clean for their visitors. This is especially true of restaurants.
By their very nature, restaurants can be a hazardous place to be. Water, drinks, food, and other substances may be dropped on the floor and a slip happens before anyone realizes that it’s there. Floors wet from mopping can also be dangerous to patrons and employees. Other floor-bound hazards, such as damaged furniture, obstructions, broken stairs, and other trip hazards can also cause slip and fall or trip and fall injuries.
The law surrounding this type of issue is called premises liability, and it requires owners, managers and employees to keep a restaurant (or any commercial premises) safe for all who enter. Restaurants are required to inspect their premises regularly, and correct any conditions that could be a problem for patrons. When owners, employees and/or managers fail to regularly inspect the restaurant for such issues, and allow a dangerous condition to continue, it can be considered negligence.
After The Fall
Most people expect to have a good meal in a NYC restaurant, take a few pictures for social media, and talk about it after they leave. No one expects to have a slip and fall accident in a restaurant.
Should you find yourself in such a position, take pictures immediately—of the area where you fell, what caused your fall, and the surrounding area. If you’re unable to, ask someone to take those pictures for you. If there are any witnesses, collect their contact information as well. Avoid speaking to the staff and management as much as possible, and of course, don’t say anything that could sound as if you were admitting fault, such as “I’m sorry,” or “It’s my fault.”
Seek medical attention, even if you think your injuries aren’t severe. Get copies of all medical records, X-rays, prescriptions, and other related expenses together. Taking immediate action shows that you are indeed injured, and will help build your case.
When you are able, contact and meet with a New York City restaurant slip and fall accident attorney to discuss your case. The longer you wait, the more time elapses for evidence to go away, for witnesses to forget, and your injuries to heal.
Slip And Fall Statistics
When most people think of an injury from falling, they generally think of people over 65. But slip and fall accidents can injure anyone, and are the leading cause of serious injuries to people of any age.
Every year, there are eight million emergency room visits for falls, and one million of those are for slip-and-falls. Five percent of the people who are injured in falls suffer fractures, with hip fractures the most serious in the elderly.
The total yearly costs for injuries is estimated to be $13 to $14 million, Falls can lead to additional injuries such as joint and tendon damage, cuts and bruises, spine and neck injuries as well as traumatic brain injuries.
If your fall results in more serious and costly injuries, a slip and fall attorney can help you get the compensation you need to take care of yourself.
Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier—A New York Slip And Fall Accident Law Firm
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere in New York City, any time. Restaurants, bars, and other establishments with food and drink can be particularly dangerous if they’re not kept clean and safe for patrons.
After a restaurant slip and fall, you may need the services of an experienced NYC legal team. Call us at (212) 777-9400 (or use our online contact form.) Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier is a family-owned personal injury law firm, with more than 26 years of experience helping New Yorkers after they’ve suffered injuries. Our contingency fee arrangement means we don’t get paid until you are, whether we settle your case or take it to court.