Orlando Restaurant Accident Attorneys
The City of Orlando has the distinction of being the most visited city in the United States. Visitors flock from around the world to visit the city’s numerous amusement parks and attractions, as well as to attend conventions and sporting events.
With 2.5 million people living in the Orlando metropolitan area and over 70 million visitors each year, it should come as no surprise that there is no shortage of restaurants throughout the city. The vast majority of those restaurants serve good food in a safe environment; however, restaurant accidents do occur and when they happen, a victim can be left with serious, life-altering injuries.
If you have been injured in an Orlando restaurant accident, or you are a surviving family member of someone who was fatally injured in one, you may be entitled to compensation. When a restaurant or bar owner’s negligence led to a diner’s injuries, that owner can be held liable for those injuries. At Bailey Fisher, we understand how a restaurant accident can negatively impact the life of a victim and the victim’s family and are committed to helping them obtain the compensation they deserve and holding the negligent party accountable.
What Type of Accidents Occur in a Restaurant or Bar?
Restaurants come in all shapes and sizes, from the quaint corner café to the loud, multi-level, themed restaurants at amusement parks. One thing that almost all restaurants have in common, though, is that there are a lot of moving parts required to keep the place operating as intended. When something goes wrong, it can cause a chain reaction that results in serious injury to diners.
Among the common injuries in a restaurant or bar are:
- Spills and falls — The very nature of the business in a restaurant setting means that liquids get spilled on a fairly regular basis. If those spills are not cleaned up, patrons of the restaurant may slip and fall. In addition, a slip and fall may occur if water or cleaning products are not properly removed from the floor.
- Trips and falls — Just as liquids tend to get spilled, so does food, silverware, and a variety of other objects that can create a tripping hazard. Improperly installed or maintained flooring or a design of the property that includes poor lighting or unforeseen hazards can also cause a diner to trip and fall.
- Ingesting something spoiled or improperly prepared — Diners patronize a restaurant so that they can relax and enjoy a meal; however, if food is not stored or prepared safely, diners can wind up with injury or illness related to eating contaminated food.
- Falling objects — Sometimes a restaurant will store boxes on high shelves if they lack sufficient storage space. If the boxes fall, they can seriously injure someone who is walking through the restaurant.
- Burns — Sometimes food is served while it is too hot or while it is in a container that is too hot, causing serious burns to a diner.
- Theft or attack — If walkways, bathrooms, or parking areas are not properly lit and secured, a restaurant guest could be the target of a theft or even a sexual assault.
Is the Restaurant Liable for Injuries?
Injuries suffered as a result of a restaurant accident fall under the area of the law known as premises liability. Premises liability is a legal concept that can hold a property owner responsible for injuries that befall a visitor to the property. For the property owner to be liable, however, the victim must prove that the owner’s negligence caused, or contributed, to the accident that led to the injuries.
Negligence, in turn, is a legal concept upon which liability for damages can be based. To prove negligence, an injured victim must prove four things:
- That the defendant (restaurant owner in this case) owed a duty of care to the victim.
- That the defendant breached that duty of care.
- That the breach of duty caused or substantially contributed to the accident.
- That the victim suffered damages as a result.
The law has long held that a property owner has a legal duty to keep the premises free from hazards that are known to the owner or that could reasonably have been discovered by the owner. In the context of a restaurant accident, this means that if the owner of the establishment failed to keep the restaurant free from hazards, and an accident occurred as a result, an injured victim may be entitled to compensation for the physical injuries and emotional trauma suffered due to the accident.
Get Help from Experienced Orlando Restaurant Accidents Attorneys
The Orlando restaurant accident attorneys at Bailey Fisher have decades of experience representing victims of restaurant and other personal injury accidents and are committed to helping people who have suffered serious, even fatal, injuries as a result of the negligence or wrongdoing of a restaurant owner or operator.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in an Orlando area restaurant accident, we want to help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence and obtain the compensation you are entitled to as a result of the injuries you have suffered.
Call us at 407-628-2929 or submit our online form today for a free case evaluation. One of our experienced Orlando restaurant accident attorneys will listen closely to what happened and advise you on your best course of action. For viable personal injury cases, we will follow up with the necessary legal action to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence and recover the financial compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, and losses.