Many people head out to restaurants, bars, and other establishments for socialization with friends and family members. In most cases, people are able to enjoy a good time with the people they know and care about, but in some instances, accidents may occur and injuries may be suffered. Commonly reported restaurant and bar injuries include slip-and-fall accidents, falling objects, burns from hot objects, and cuts from broken glass.
It is the responsibility of employees and managers to keep establishments clean and free of hazards that may jeopardize the safety of patrons and visitors. This means that liquid spills should be quickly attended to, broken glass should be cleaned immediately, and walkways should be kept free of hazards that may cause trip and fall accidents.
If a restaurant patron is injured in an accident on a restaurant premises, he or she may be able to pursue legal action against the owners of the bar or eating establishment for negligence or recklessness. The injured party may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, pain, suffering, and mental and emotional trauma as a result of an accident.
At busy restaurants and bars, glassware can be easily broken, especially if it is dropped on hard surfaces like floors and bar counter-tops. If the broken shards are not quickly cleaned up, persons walking across the surface or sitting at the counter-top may suffer cuts or shards of glass in their skin. While some accidents involving broken glass may only cause minor cuts, there have been reported cases of major lacerations and physical damage.
When serving food to patrons, it is important for waitstaff to properly warn the customer of hot plates and liquids, especially if the item could potentially cause harmful burns if touched. Although it may seem like common sense at times, it is essential to make sure that people are aware of the dangers of heated plates, serving trays, and beverages.
Finally, it is the responsibilities of employees and managers to keep pedestrian areas free from hazards that may cause slip and fall injuries. This means that liquid spills or food should be quickly cleaned from floors and furniture and other hazards should be removed from high-traffic areas to help avoid accidents.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident in a restaurant or bar, you may be eligible for compensation for your pain and suffering. For more information on restaurant accidents and personal injury claims, visit the website of the Madison personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C.