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What hazardous conditions exist at a restaurant?

What are your options when it comes to suffering a slip, trip or fall at a food service establishment? Restaurants have just as much of a responsibility to victims of premises liability accidents as other business do. In fact, food service establishments may be particularly egregious offenders because of the nature of their operation - wet floors seem to just come with the territory. Slips, trips and falls are among the most common accidents in the workplace and for restaurant owners in general.

Which areas of a restaurant are higher-risk for slips, trips and falls? Managers and staff members are encouraged to make sure that they watch so-called "transition areas" - like that from the kitchen into the dining area - for hazardous conditions. Building entrances can also pose hazards because of a change in materials from rough to smooth walkway surfaces. Mats and runners can also create a dangerous property condition if they become wrinkled and make a patron more likely to trip.

What other hazardous conditions can exist at a restaurant? Premises liability claims can also result from restaurants failing to install appropriate railing on stairs. Even a failure to maintain lighting in hallways and stairwells can lead to a slew of slip-and-fall accidents. Property and business managers are encouraged to refine their processes to make sure that slippery substances like oil or food residue do not create a dangerous property condition that lead to a patron or worker fall.

What can I do if I have been harmed in a slip-and-fall accident? You have the legal right to pursue compensation from the at-fault party. You deserve compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and other civil claims. A qualified attorney can help you learn more about your rights and options.

Source: Total Food Service, "Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention: A Major Player in Your Restaurant’s Safety Program," Robert Florito, March 13, 2017

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