How much do you usually spend when you go out for a meal? Thirty dollars? Fifty dollars? Most people, even in their wildest dreams, cannot imagine a restaurant bill for $30,000 or more, but this is the typical expense for a slip-and-fall accident. Insurance companies covering the restaurant industry expect to pay out for numerous personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits every year. With slip-and-fall accidents increasing, however, restaurant insurers are taking prevention more seriously.
A recent article in Full-Service Restaurant Magazine outlined some of the steps restaurant owners can take to make their premises safer:
- Improve floor traction. There are dozens of restaurant flooring varieties, and property owners should think as much about friction as they do about aesthetics. Better traction translates into fewer slips, even when the floor is wet. Restaurant owners or managers should have their floor traction tested and, if the result is substandard, they should invest in resurfacing.
- Attend to spills. Food or drink spills are inevitable in a restaurant, which is another reason to install flooring with good wet and dry traction. It is also important to clean up spills quickly and alert patrons about potentially hazardous areas.
- Clean floors properly. Even high-traction floors can become slippery if grease and contaminants accumulate on their surfaces. Mopping is not sufficient to remove these hazards, which can compromise floor traction. Employees must be trained in effective floor cleaning and maintenance with the right tools and products.
Restaurant owners and building managers who ignore the current research on floor safety are putting their patrons at unnecessary risk for serious injury, permanent disability or death. Slipping on a low-traction, wet floor can result in a broken bone, bruising, spinal cord damage or traumatic brain injury. An experienced personal injury attorney can investigate the circumstances of your slip-and-fall accident and help you recover the full amount of damages, including medical expenses and lost income.