Brooksville Fl Restaurant Injury Lawyers
Restaurant patrons expect a dining experience free from any harm or danger, but injuries at restaurants do happen. The North Tampa premises liability attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC have more than 50 years of combined legal experience representing the injured. We offer seasoned legal counseling to individuals who were hurt on commercial properties, including restaurants.
Accidents at Eateries
Florida restaurant owners are responsible for keeping their properties safe for diners. From the actual dining area to the parking lot, restaurant owners should ensure that patrons are not exposed to any potential dangers.
Unfortunately, restaurants often fail to provide their patrons with the safe environment they expect. Diners can suffer accidents caused by hazardous conditions on the property, such as:
- Items dropped on the floor or spills that are not promptly cleaned.
- Overhead décor or decaying trees that may fall on an unsuspecting victim.
- Poorly lit parking lots and alleys.
- Uneven pavements or other surfaces both inside and outside the restaurant.
If a restaurant patron is injured, he or she may have a claim against the restaurant owner for its failure to keep the property safe.
Restaurant Liability for Injuries
Under premises liability law, you can hold the restaurant liable for injuries sustained in an accident on the property. If your claim is based on negligence, you must show that the property owner owed you a duty of care, breached this duty, and caused your injuries.
Property owners in Florida must use reasonable care in maintaining their properties. They owe the highest level of care to invitees, or visitors who are on the premises for a business or public purpose. For restaurants, the invitees are its customers.
A property owner violates, or breaches, its duty of care if its actions constitute a failure to:
- Maintain the premises in reasonably safe conditions.
- Fix or repair a dangerous condition of which it knew or reasonably should have known.
- Warn of a danger on the property of which it knew or reasonably should have known.
You also must show that the breach caused your injuries and that you incurred damages related to the injuries, such as hospital bills or lost wages.
Spills or Objects on the Floor
Commercial property owners, such as restaurants, should be aware of the dangerous conditions that may arise from how they do business. With restaurants in particular, spills from food or beverages are likely to occur because they are at the core of a restaurant’s operation. If a diner is injured by a piece of food on the floor, for example, he or she must show that the restaurant knew or should have known that the food was there. The food must have been on the floor long enough for the restaurant to know it was there and to take measures to clean it up.
Injuries from Third Parties
Restaurant owners must protect patrons from crimes that are reasonably foreseeable and preventable. An eatery can be held liable for negligent security if a diner was injured as a result of its failure to implement the appropriate security measures. For example, a restaurant may know that assaults have increased in its area. If it does not provide adequate lighting in its parking lot, the restaurant may be held liable by a diner assaulted there.
If you were injured in a restaurant, you can potentially recover damages from the owner. You can seek compensation for past and future medical bills, lost income, loss of earning capacity, and more. Florida has a four-year statute of limitations on injury claims, so it is important that you consult with an attorney to secure your rights in time.
Brooksville Florida Attorneys Committed to Your Case
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our Spring Hill personal injury lawyers are dedicated to providing exceptional representation in premises liability cases. We offer our clients knowledgeable counseling and vigorous advocacy. We can help you assert your right to compensation if you were injured in a restaurant. Call us to schedule a free and confidential consultation or complete our online form today.