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Slip-and-fall accidents can lead to severe injuries

No one ever anticipates getting injured when going out to a New Jersey restaurant to eat dinner. It is expected that restaurants follow safety standards and that floors will be safe and dry to walk upon. Slip-and-fall accidents due to unsafe practices can lead to serious injuries.

Back in 2012, a man slipped and fell at a restaurant in another state after returning from the bathroom. The man suffered serious injuries to his knee and brain damage due to slamming his head on the ground, which resulted in a brain bleed. The victim had to undergo surgery and is expected to suffer from dementia in the future due to permanent brain damage. 

The staff working in the restaurant have stated that they are not able to adequately clean the facility in the one-hour timeframe they are given after closing. Staff state that proper cleaning takes twice the allotted time and therefore they start cleaning prior to closing. One cook walked into the dining room with wet boots from cleaning the kitchen and left the floor wet from water and grease, which left a slippery patch for the victim to slip on. The victim of this incident was ultimately awarded $16.2 million for his injuries. 

No one in New Jersey should never have to suffer the harm caused by slip-and-fall accidents due to the unsafe property conditions and/or negligent actions of restaurant staff. Those that have may pursue a premises liability civil claim to seek recovery of ll monetary damages sustained. Any awarded compensation from a successful claim can help cover the medical costs and related losses, and help ease the pain and suffering endured.

Source: bakersfield.com, "Jury awards $16.2 million to man who suffered brain injury in fall at Bakersfield restaurant", Jason Kotowski, Feb. 27, 2018

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