Parking Lot Slip and Fall from Grease at a Fast Food Restaurant Lawsuit Attorney
We’ve all seen it from time to time – grease stains in parking lots due to oil leaking from cars or businesses nearby. There’s no denying that it’s a hazard, but we don’t really think about these spots until we slip on them. At that point, you are dealing with the pain and expenses of recovering from an accident. Fortunately, California law provides legal options for accident victims who were injured by another party’s negligence.
Did you slip and fall in a parking lot due to grease from a fast food restaurant? This is very common in parking areas at McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, and other fast food places. Pools of grease may be leaking from the trash area, or there are spots of grease that have been left on the asphalt for long periods of time. Under California law, business owners have a duty to resolve dangerous conditions on their property. Otherwise, they can be sued for negligence if someone slips on grease in their parking lot and suffers one or more injuries.
What are the Rules on Grease Disposal by Fast Food Restaurant?
It’s common knowledge that cooking oil is used in vast quantities at a fast food restaurant. But few of us think about what happens to the grease that is produced on a daily basis by these businesses. One thing most of us are aware of is that food grease can’t be poured down the drain, as it will clog the lines as it solidifies. That’s why fast food locations need special containers for disposal of cooking oil and grease.
Grease collection bins are placed in special areas of the restaurant, where they can be picked up by a grease collection company. In addition, restaurants are supposed to make sure that their grease is not spilled into the street or parking area. If carelessness by the owner or employees causes grease spots or streaks in the parking lot, it will likely cause someone to slip and fall down.
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Can I Sue a Fast Food Restaurant for Slipping on Grease in a Parking Lot?
Yes, you can sue a fast food restaurant for a slip and fall due to grease from their restaurant if they failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent your accident. Your right to monetary compensation is based on premises liability, a legal concept that holds owners responsible when they fail to maintain the safety of their premises.
As we mentioned, there are strict rules on the disposal of grease by a fast food restaurant. If, for example, the grease was not securely contained in a commercially approved grease collection bin, that is proof of negligence by the restaurant owner. This will serve as the basis for a personal injury lawsuit against the restaurant, meaning that the owner is liable for your accident.
Of course, knowing about your rights and succeeding in a lawsuit don’t always go together. It can be very difficult for the average person to prove their case and receive the full value of their losses if they fall down and injure themselves at a fast food restaurant. DTLA Law Group is ready to fight for you and the compensation you deserve. Contact us immediately to learn about the legal options that are available to you.
Slip and Fall Injuries at a Fast Food Parking Lot
There are many things we come across on a daily basis that can make us fall down. That’s why we underestimate these accidents and assume that the injuries you can sustain are not a big deal. But that’s far from the truth,when you consider that unexpected falls are responsible for over 8 million hospital visits every year, according to the National Floor Safety Institute.
Possible injuries from slipping in a fast food parking lot include:
Deep cuts and puncture marks that lead to infections and/or disfigurement
Broken bones, especially in the arms and legs
Fractures in the ribs, tailbone, shoulder, and knees
Tearing of tendons and ligaments
Brain damage from TBI (traumatic brain injury)
Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
Loss of function / paralysis
Complex regional pain syndrome (chronic pain, typically in the arms and legs)
Ruptured spleen and other internal organs
You may have post-traumatic stress from the shock and pain of being hurt in a slip and fall accident. Symptoms of PTSD include anxiety, insomnia, flashbacks, phobias, along with physical symptoms, like sweating, shaking, and nausea. You can obtain compensation for these effects, which we can discuss with you during a free case review at our office.
Average Settlement Value for Slip and Fall Accident Cases
The majority of outdoor slip and fall incidents result in serious injuries, which is why case values tend to be high with these cases. Our slip and fall attorneys usually recover $75,000 to $2,500,000 or more on behalf of clients that are injured at a fast food restaurant. To provide you with a settlement value for your own case, we must speak with you in person to learn about the details of your accident and how you have suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence. Don’t hesitate to call and speak to a lawyer with experience in fall injury accident cases.
Statute of Limitations for a Slip and Fall Lawsuit
Lawsuits for negligence by a private property owner have a 2-year statute of limitations. As a general rule, you have two years from the date of a slip and fall incident to file your lawsuit. That’s why you should contact a parking lot accident lawyer right away, who can assist you with the legal process. If you wait too long and exceed the deadline for a lawsuit, it will be extremely difficult to pursue a compensation claim against the restaurant. Contact a slip and fall lawyer at our office and get started on a fast food restaurant parking lot injury claim.
Length of Time to Settle a Fall Accident Injury Claim
Based on our many years of experience with slip and fall injury claims, it can take around 6 to 12 months on average to obtain payment from these cases. For one thing, major fast food franchises have considerable resources on their side, including experienced lawyers and insurance adjusters. These professionals are very skilled at denying liability and convincing people that they are not entitled to certain forms of compensation. Our attorneys have the necessary skills to work through these arguments and obtain the payment you deserve. However, this can be a prolonged process, especially if court intervention is required to settle your case. Overall, it’s possible that 2 or more years may be needed to reach a resolution in a slip and fall accident case.
No Cost Legal Services for Slip and Fall Accident Victims
Here at DTLA Law Group, accident victims are never charged for the cost of legal services. With the Zero Fee Guarantee, all of our expenses are covered by the restaurant you are suing. That means we don’t make a cent until the end of your case, and only if we succeed in bringing you compensation from a slip and fall injury claim.
Our services include free second opinions if you filed a claim already, but you have concerns that you would like to discuss with another attorney. Our main objective is to provide you with legal advice, so there’s no pressure to switch lawyers during these consultations. However, there’s no upfront cost to you if you decide to continue your lawsuit with us.
Since there is no risk to your finances by meeting with us, please take the chance of giving us a call and scheduling a free case evaluation.
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