Premises liability and slip and fall accident for restaurants is a very serious operational issue that should be evaluated on a regular basis by any establishment serving food or drinks. Health departments in all localities are keen to certain restaurants failing in maintaining a strict minimum level of cleanliness.
Cleanliness is a component of premises liability that many patrons do not always recognize. Health department inspections also produce documentation that can be used when restaurant patrons become ill after eating at a restaurant.
Restaurants are also liable for the behavior of staff. This includes injuries to customers by bouncers forcing a patron to leave a bar. In addition, employees such as delivery drivers who use personal vehicles to perform a restaurant service can also present liability issues for the business. The result is that there are significant instances in the restaurant industry when customers and employees can be injured.
Spillage is a very common problem in a restaurant. All restaurants should be focused on keeping walkways dry. Clean dining areas is also important because accidents can happen quickly in close quarters. Any mopped walking surface should be blocked until the floor can dry, and failure to do so could be considered negligent by a court. Sometimes even the seating design can contribute to an accident in high traffic restaurants.
Employee and Customer Behavior
While this concern is normally limited to restaurants that serve alcohol, disputes can arise quickly regardless of a location. Injuries caused by an employee are obviously a premises liability issue for a restaurant. Many restaurants serve drinkers beyond intoxication levels, and both the establishment and the bartenders along with security workers can be held liable for injuries.
Food poisoning is also included in premise liability cases obviously stemming from the serving of tainted food products. Many times the issue is a bad ingredient in any particular food item.
It is important for anyone injured in a restaurant to consult with a Rhode Island personal injury attorney following an accident or altercation. There are several potential legal issues for restaurant operators that may not apply to other businesses. These claims are always defended vigorously and personal assumption of risk or comparative negligence can further complicate the case when attempting to recover financial damages.