Charleston man files slip and fall injury suit against restaurant
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Dec 06, 2012 in Personal Injury
Dining out should be an enjoyable social event. Around the holidays especially, family and friends want to gather at casual restaurants to celebrate and to take a break from the increased activity at home. Unfortunately, negligence on the part of those who own and operate restaurants can result in unfortunate accidents to unsuspecting patrons.
Two years ago, one such accident left a Charleston diner at an Olive Garden restaurant injured after falling backward onto the floor and hitting his head on a wall. He had finished his meal and was leaving the restaurant at the time. The man is now suing both the restaurant manager and the corporation that owns the Olive Garden restaurant.
The victim had been dining with his family when he slipped on an unspecified substance on the uncarpeted floor. After his fall, he was helped to a seat where he completed an accident report with assistance from his family members.
The staff, however, merely added insult to injury, according to the complaint. The victim alleges restaurant staff were joking and laughing about the slippery substance and did nothing to clean it up as a safety measure, even though it clearly caused a threat to the safety of restaurant patrons and staff.
The lawsuit seeks compensatory as well as punitive damages for physical injury and pain, medical expenses, mental anguish and reduced participation in life's activities. The victim also states that he has a reduced capacity to enjoy life and now suffers anxiety, nervousness, fright and apprehension.
Diners and shoppers may be in a hurry around the holidays, but that does not let restaurants and stores off the hook. They still have a duty to maintain a safe, hazard-free establishment for their visitors and for their staff.
Source: West Virginia Record, "Man sues Olive Garden for injuries at restaurant," Kyla Asbury, Nov. 26, 2012
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