Just about every city in the U.S. has a Panera Bread, and it should come as no surprise that the company is one of the world’s largest restaurant franchises. Though Panera Bread is best known for their sandwiches and soups, they offer a variety of menu items, such as pasta, salads, flatbread pizzas, grain bowls, and many signature drinks.
Currently, the company has 188 locations in California, and many people stop by the restaurant for a quick bite to eat or when they’re looking for a fast food alternative. Due to how busy these places can get, it’s important that restaurant owners inspect and maintain their premises on a regular basis. In addition, employees must be properly trained to look out for hazards and resolve them as quickly as possible. Otherwise, customers can end up getting hurt from a slip and fall accident, which is the most common source of injury at cafes and restaurants.
If you or someone you know was injured at Panera Bread, monetary compensation may be available to you, based on the store’s involvement in your accident. To learn how you can pursue a Panera Bread slip and fall lawsuit, contact the injury attorneys of DTLA Law Group.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents at Panera Bread
People can injure themselves from slipping on something at just about any location. But slip and fall accidents are especially common at places that serve food and drinks. These accidents can happen from many conditions that may be on the premises, which include:
- Spilled drinks on the floor
- Failing to put wet signs around spills and recently mopped floors
- Leaks from appliances (refrigerators, freezers, drink machines, etc.)
- Water dripping from AC units
- Missing anti-slip mats (or ones that are worn out)
- Slippery steps
- Loose or broken handrails
- Debris on the floor (napkins, menus, bits of food, etc.)
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s helpful in illustrating how people can be injured from a slip and fall when they are a café, bakery, or some other type of eatery. No matter how you slipped and fell, immediate medical attention is crucial to protecting your health. Keep in mind that hip fracture, spinal cord injury, broken bones, and brain injury are just some of the conditions you can end up with from a fall-related accident. In addition to medical treatment, contact our office to learn about your rights from a Panera Bread slip and fall injury accident lawyer.
Am I Entitled to Compensation from Panera Bread?
Not every accident at a restaurant can be blamed on the business, so how can be sure of your right to sue if you had a slip and fall at Panera Bread?
Your right to sue for being harmed on someone else’s property is based on premises liability. This is a responsibility that property owners have to anyone that’s on their premises (as long as they have a legitimate reason to be there). In essence, owners must take care of their property and keep it free of unsafe conditions that can lead to an accident. Thus, if you slipped and fell from water on the floor or some other type of hazard, you can sue the business owner for breaching their duty of care to you.
It doesn’t matter, by the way, if the condition was caused by another customer, Panera employee, or someone other than the owner. Under the law, it’s ultimately the owner who is responsible for the maintenance of their property. Thus, Panera Bread is generally liable if one of their guests is injured on the property. Of course, you should always verify your right to a lawsuit and any other legal actions that are available to you with an experienced slip and fall injury lawyer. For a free consultation on your rights and legal options, call DTLA Law Group at your earliest convenience.
How to File an Injury Claim at Panera Bread
Filing an accident claim with Panera Bread is the single most important thing you can do to protect your right to monetary compensation. Please do this right away, ideally before you leave the restaurant, as it will document that your accident occurred on their property and not somewhere else. To ensure that you receive maximum payment from a slip and fall lawsuit, please take these steps:
- Ask for a manager so that they can file an incident report, and make sure to get a copy before you leave.
- Answer their questions with simple, straightforward answers, and avoiding saying things that can make you look bad (“I don’t know why I did that” or “That was silly of me”).
- Take photos of all your injuries and the hazard that’s responsible for your accident.
- Ask any witnesses for contact info, as they may be willing to provide witness statements.
- Go to a hospital immediately, so that you have proof of the exact injuries you’ve suffered from a slip and fall at the restaurant.
- Contact an experienced slip and fall lawyer, who can advise you of your rights and help you gather evidence, such as medical records, footage from video cameras, and expert testimony.
Panera Bread Sued for Deaths Caused by Charged Lemonade
Panera Bread is currently facing two lawsuits over deaths that may have been caused by their highly caffeinated “Charged Lemonade.” According to one of the lawyers representing the families, “…we have a drink that has 390 milligrams of caffeine, it also has gharana. And what it is, is it contains as much caffeine as three Red Bulls.”
Such high caffeine levels can be fatal to those with pre-existing health conditions, like high blood pressure and congenital heart defects. For example, one of the deceased, Sarah Katz, was a 21-year-old with long QT type one. The condition was successfully managed with medication, according to the attorney, and there was virtually “0% chance of sudden death” had she not consumed the company’s Charged Lemonade.
Since the lawsuits were filed, Panera has “enhanced” their disclosures about the beverage and said they’re in the process of lowering the lemonade’s caffeine content. However, this is little comfort to anyone who has lost a loved one due to the health issues associated with this product.
The wrongful death lawyers of DTLA can advise you of your rights and legal options if your spouse or family member died after consuming Panera Bread’s Charged Lemonade. For a free case evaluation, contact our law firm as soon as possible.
Second Opinion from Lawyers Experienced in Cases against Panera Bread
Are you in the middle of a slip and fall lawsuit against Panera Bread, but you have concerns about your case that are not being addressed by your current lawyer? Are you worried that your case is on the wrong track due to a lack of progress or communication from your attorney? In that case, you may benefit from a free second opinion from the slip and fall attorneys of DTLA. Since this is a free service, you lose absolutely nothing by meeting with us for a free case valuation. Contact us right away to schedule a free second opinion on your slip and fall claim against Panera Bread.
Average Settlement Value of a Panera Bread Injury Case
There are significant differences in settlements values for a slip and fall case, which is due to the fact that no two accidents are alike. Some people end up with relatively minor injuries and experience full recovery within a few months. Other victims have lifelong health issues due to a severe condition, such as traumatic brain injury or loss of function in the limbs. Due to these and other critical factors, slip and fall case values can range anywhere from $15,000 to $2,000,000 and above.
How Long it Takes to Settle a Restaurant Slip and Fall Claim
The process of settling a slip and fall case can range from 30 days to over two years. The time period is based on the legal actions that are needed to recover your payment. For example, if Panera Bread’s insurance company is willing to negotiate in good faith, we can probably reach a settlement within 6 months. However, if a lawsuit is required due to their lack of cooperation, reaching a resolution to your case – either through a settlement or jury verdict – can take up to several years.
Statute of Limitations to Sue for a Slip and Fall
Please keep in mind that you only have two years from the accident date to file a lawsuit for a slip and fall accident at Panera Bread. If you miss the statute of limitations for a lawsuit, it will be extremely difficult to obtain an extension from the court. That means you can lose the right to monetary compensation, regardless of how badly you were injured. Don’t wait to file an injury claim for a slip and fall incident. Contact our attorneys, who will take immediate action on an accident claim and ensure that you are properly compensated for your injuries.
The Fall Accident Injury Lawyers of DTLA Law Group
Most people don’t expect to slip on something at a restaurant and end up with serious injuries that may leave them with permanent health complications. Unfortunately, slip and fall incidents are all too common at places like Panera Bread. If you are one of these victims, you may have grounds to sue the business and receive medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and other monetary damages.
Adding to your financial burdens is the last thing we want to do. If you decide to hire us, we will provide you with free legal services for the entire duration of your case. Our fees are covered by Panera Bread as a condition of winning your case. What happens if we don’t recover your payment? With the Zero Fee Guarantee, you walk away with no responsibility for any legal fees.
If you’re ready to explore your rights as the victim of someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our slip and fall lawsuit attorneys are ready to speak with you if you’ve been injured at a Panera Bread in any of the cities listed below:
- Chula Vista
- Costa Mesa
- Foster City
- Los Angeles
- Marina Del Ray
- Mountain View
- Palm Desert
- Rancho Cucamonga
- Rowland Heights
- San Bernardino
- San Diego
- San Jose
- San Marcos
- Sand City
- Walnut Creek