Slip and Fall at a Connecticut Restaurant
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common reasons why people seek legal representation from a personal injury attorney, and when a slip and fall happens at a restaurant, it provides the perfect explanation for why people pursue this type of lawsuit. When you enter a business with the idea of enjoying yourself, getting a meal and spending money within the premises, you have every reason to expect that you will not be exposed to dangerous conditions. If you fall and end up injured as a result of the negligence of those who own or are responsible for the restaurant’s operation, then it is reasonable and within your legal rights to expect them to provide you with compensation for any damages that they’ve been responsible for.
Slip and fall lawsuits fall under the category of premises liability law in the state of Connecticut. Whether your fall is a result of snow or ice on a sidewalk, a loose carpet or slippery stair, or a stray piece of debris or food that has fallen on the floor and ignored by the staff, the general principle of premises liability states that as a person who has been either expressly or implicitly invited onto the property you are owed the highest duty of care. This means that the restaurant needs to take every precaution to ensure your safety, generally by constantly inspecting the environment to ensure that no dangerous conditions are present and to repair or post warnings if they are. When these duties aren’t met and it can be proven that there was knowledge that the dangerous or unsafe condition existed, then the restaurant owner is considered responsible.
Some restaurant owners may attempt to defend themselves against liability lawsuits by indicating that you as a visitor had a responsibility to be careful, and it is true that there is an expectation that you exercise reasonable care and don’t put yourself into a dangerous predicament. In other situations a business owner may defend themself by saying that the dangerous condition was so new that they had no opportunity to correct it. Connecticut does allow a reasonable amount of time for corrections to be made, and proving liability in a restaurant slip and fall accidentis dependent upon a number of factors. That is why it is so essential that if you are injured in a fall that takes place in a business of any kind, you reach out to an experienced premises liability attorney for an assessment of your case and their opinion as to whether or not your rights have been violated.
Though an injury that takes place in a restaurant may seem like a clear cut case of premises liability, every situation is different and requires a careful analysis, as well as an experienced attorney representing your case. The liability attorneys of Perkins Law are knowledgeable and compassionate. If you have been the victim of negligence we will aggressively pursue those responsible and ensure that you receive the best possible outcome.