Stores and restaurants have a responsibility to ensure that their premises are safe for customers. If someone is eating at a restaurant and slips and falls due to an unsafe condition on the premises, the restaurant could be held liable for the injured party’s damages. An Illinois Steak N Shake is being sued by a restaurant patron who was injured in a slip and fall accident at the restaurant.
The restaurant patron reportedly entered the men’s restroom at the Steak N Shake when he slipped and fell on a puddle of water that was on the restroom floor, near the door. The man claimed that he suffered disabling injuries as a result of the incident, and that he suffered a loss of normal life.
The man filed a lawsuit against Steak N Shake, alleging that employees of the restaurant mopped and cleaned the bathroom floor, which is what caused it to become dangerously slippery. The patron alleged that the restaurant knew or should have known of the water on the floor, which constituted a dangerous condition. The patron also claimed that his injuries were foreseeable, and that the restaurant should have been aware that the dangerous condition would lead to injury. The patron was apparently suing for at least $50,000 in damages, plus attorney fees and costs.
If a restaurant negligently maintains its premises, and a patron suffers injuries as a result, the restaurant could be held liable. People who find themselves in such situations may want to learn more about pursuing compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.