Visiting a restaurant with friends or family is a common way that Tennessee residents socialize and pass the time. Restaurants are expected to be safe areas where customers can eat, visit, and mingle. However, if an establishment fails to train employees on proper procedures, allows areas to fall into disrepair, or otherwise acts negligently, serious injuries to visitors can result. Slip and fall accidents can lead to brain trauma, broken bones, and other significant injuries that require time and resources for victims to heal. The Nashville premises liability lawyers at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC are dedicated to making sure that victims receive the compensation that they need when another party’s careless actions have caused a restaurant accident.
Our firm offers high-quality and innovative legal representation for clients injured on another party’s property throughout Tennessee. We understand that recovery is your first priority, and we are available to ensure that your legal rights are protected and properly advanced. If you have been injured due to a dangerous condition while visiting a restaurant, contact our office today to learn more about your legal options.Accidents and Injuries Common at Restaurants
Restaurant owners and operators in Tennessee are required to maintain their properties in a reasonably safe condition to prevent accidents from occurring. This requirement extends both to areas inside the restaurant, such as bathrooms or hallways, as well as outside areas under its control, like parking lots or alleyways. Some common hazards that may be considered unreasonably dangerous include:
- Spills that are left for long periods of time, or not marked properly;
- Broken steps, uneven pavement, or cracks in the sidewalk;
- Poorly lit areas, such as parking lots;
- Inadequate security;
- Uneven or improperly stacked items; or
- Faulty handrails or stairwells that are in disrepair.
When hazards exist, patrons can be seriously injured. Restaurants that fail to create a safe environment for customers should be held legally liable for the harm that results. Injured victims may be entitled to damages from a business through a premises liability claim.Holding Negligent Restaurants Accountable
Every property owner and occupier in Tennessee has a duty to exercise reasonable care in maintaining safe premises for visitors. Businesses owe invitees, or people entering a property for a business purpose, the highest degree of care compared to other types of property owners. Requirements imposed on restaurant owners include a rule that regular inspections must be conducted to ensure that any defective conditions are identified and fixed in a timely manner. When inspections are not made, or hazards are not repaired and warnings are not issued, restaurant owners can be held liable for injuries sustained by customers.
To prevail on a premises liability claim arising out of a restaurant accident, a victim’s attorney must show that the defendant had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition that caused his or her injuries. Constructive knowledge is shown if a hazard had been present for a sufficient period of time, such that with an appropriate inspection, an owner should have discovered it, or if the condition was a foreseeable, regular occurrence. If liability is proven, a victim can recover damages for any past and future medical costs, loss of income, diminished earning capacity, and in some cases involving catastrophic injuries, pain and suffering. In Tennessee, victims only have one year in which to pursue a premises liability claim. Consulting an experienced attorney who can gather the necessary evidence and determine which parties are responsible is important to ensure that your rights are protected.Contact a Dedicated Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer in Nashville
A restaurant owner that does not take proper measures to protect customers from being injured should be held accountable. The Nashville attorneys at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC assist victims in recovering the financial assistance that they need to heal from a significant injury sustained in a restaurant accident caused by inadequate maintenance or another issue. MHPS, PLLC also represents people in Franklin, Hermitage, Hillsboro Village, and Green Hills, among other communities throughout Williamson and Davidson Counties. If you have been injured at a restaurant and need legal advice, contact our office online or at 615-800-7096 to find out more about how we can help.