Baniassad v. Water Grill- Personal Injury: Premises Liability- Slip & Fall at a Restaurant
We often perceive all the spaces that we occupy as ‘safe’. We do this for several reasons—perhaps we have been visiting the same place for years, or perhaps we have only ever had positive experiences in a given space, whether it is a restaurant, mall or waterpark.
Regardless of our relationships or experiences associated with our favorite ‘hotspots’, it is important to step back and recognize that even in our most beloved spaces, there are existing dangers at every corner.
Take a restaurant, for example. Contrary to popular belief, the most important task on a manager’s mind should not be the flow of the restaurant, but rather the responsiveness of the team towards safety hazards. This means that when an item has spilled on the ground, the manager is better off dedicating the entirety of the team’s attention to fixing the spill, placing notices and notifying parties who are within proximate distance of the spill while immediately working to clean up and dry the area to make it safe for customers.
Failing to clean up spills may result in individuals slipping and falling, which can turn even safe-seeming spaces into deadly & damaging spaces.
In this particular case, our client fell in the same place that they were seated at for over 4 hours, indicating just how potentially unsafe certain spaces can become if they are not maintained well.