Under Premises liability laws property owners and commercial businesses including movie theaters and multiplexes must ensure safe premises for patrons and moviegoers. If you have been injured in movie theaters due to negligent conduct of property owners or manager our law firm can help you recover from your injuries. Our goal is to ensure you the maximum possible recovery for your injuries. Movie theaters must provide safe pedestrian walkways. Floors of the movie theater as well as bathrooms and the main lobby should not be slippery and wet, and need to be regularly cleaned and dried to prevent falls.
Some of the main causes of accidents and injuries in movie theaters include:
- Improper sanitation – Bacterial infections are always a threat when uncleanliness is involved. Most bacteria are harmless, but the dangerous ones can thrive in unclean environments. Clean bathrooms, clean soda fountains, ice containers, condiments, and more need to be properly cleaned for movie theaters to avoid negligent behavior.
- Unclean floors – Trip and fall accidents occur when there are obstacles on the floors. When people do not see these, it can cause them to trip and sustain serious injury.
- Failure to routinely dry wet floors – Slip and fall injuries are dangerous because the person usually never suspects a lack of friction when they step. Failure to put signs warning people of wet floors, and mopping to clean the spill can result in avoidable accidents. When movie theaters do not take action to dry wet floors, they are acting negligently
- Falling objects – Lightbulbs, tiles, movie posters, and other cinematic ornaments need to be properly fastened. If they are not, they can fall on a customer and case serious injury. A movie theater needs to be aware of everything that can cause potential harm. If they do not take reasonable action to prevent objects from falling, they could be held liable.
- Inadequate security – Due to the unfortunate nature of the U.S., mass shootings occur frequently. It is up to the theater to provide the necessary security to the customers and prevent attacks on its patrons.
- Failure to maintain premises – The premises needs to be maintained at a proper level of safety. This means clean of rust, loose tiles, flimsy carpeting, proper parking lot, entrance, emergency exits, and more. If the premise is not maintained properly and you get injured, the movie theater could be held liable and you could be awarded compensation.
- Lack of properly lighted exits – In case of emergency, most establishments require that emergency lights kick in to guide customers out of the facility. If there are no proper lights, then the establishment could be held accountable for the damages brought on by the lack of light.
Common Injuries associated with movie theatre accident include:
Slip and Fall Injuries – Slip and fall injuries are one of the most common injuries in movie theaters. If you have ever been to a movie theater, you will have noticed that moviegoers are among the messiest customers spilling soda and food with just about every step they take. This can create dangerous spills for other unsuspecting customers. When a spill occurs, whether it be from staff or patrons, the movie theater needs to take the necessary steps to clean and dry the risks. Those steps include putting up “WET FLOOR” signs to alert passers-by of the risk, and then take care of it as soon as possible. All you and your legal team need to prove is that the movie theater did know or should have reasonably known about the accident.
Food Poisoning – Moviegoers hardly ever go the movies without purchasing food and drinks. This food is not cooked fresh and is often kept in a constant heat to give the illusion of freshness. Because the food can linger for hours, it gives bacteria time to grow and spread. If the bacteria is harmful, it can cause food poisoning. Food poisoning can lead to severe health effects, so if you suffer from food poisoning after eating infected movie theater food, contact our LA attorneys.
Assault and Battery – Emotions run high at the movies. People text during the movie, people may answer phone calls, and even talk among themselves. People may act on their emotions and assault another customer or staff member. If you were assaulted, contact our LA law firm to file the proper lawsuit and get you the right compensation.
Premises Liability Laws: Recovery for a Theater Accident Claim
Landowner or possessors liability varies greatly depending upon the classification of the victim. Invitee: An invitee is owed the highest duty of care. They are any individual who is either expressly or impliedly invited to another person’s premises for their mutual benefit. Licensee: Any individual who enters the premises at the owner or possessors consent for a non-business or commercial purpose. The most common example is a social guest. In order to recover as a licensee, a victim must establish (all three):
- The owner or possessor knew or should have known of the dangerous condition, and should have known that it created an unreasonable risk of harm, and likewise should have known that the plaintiff would fail to discover the dangerous condition
- The owner or possessor did not make the condition safe or failed to warn the licensee of the condition
- The licensee did not know of the dangerous condition or the risks involved
Compensating for your loss: If you have been hurt in a theater accident you may be able to recover damages for
- Medical costs resulting from hospital and emergency room care, physical therapy, ambulance costs and rehabilitation
- Future medical care
- Loss or income and future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and psychological damages
- Punitive damages where the property owners displayed reckless behavior or gross negligence
- Loss of consortium
Most Popular Movie Theaters in the U.S.
- AMC Theaters
- Regal Entertainment Group
- Cinemark USA
- Cineplex Entertainment LP
- Marcus Theatres Corp.
- Harkins Theatres
- Southern Theatres LLC
- B&B Theatres
- National Amusements, Inc.
- Malco Theatres, Inc.
Who do I Contact to Recover for My Injuries
Contact the Downtown LA Law firm today if you have suffered an injury at (855)385-2529 to receive a free case evaluation today! FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION: When you experience an injury, you will have the opportunity to talk with one of our attorneys detail the facts of your case. They will give you their undivided attention and listen to you. They will also answer any questions you have so that you have the necessary information to make an informed decision. Additionally, we offer the zero-fee guarantee. This means that we will only charge you for our legal services if we do our jobs correctly and not only prove your case but get you the compensation you deserve. This means we will not charge you if we are unable to get you the compensation you deserve. Remember that it is crucial to act quickly after you’ve been injured to report any accident-injury claim before any limitations can lower or extinguish your rightful recovery. Call us for a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers regarding your injuries. Further Information: Average Slip and Fall Lawsuit Settlement – Value of My Case Nerve Damage from Slip and Fall Accident – Paralysis Injury Back Injury from Slip and Fall Accidents