When you visit a business, you expect it to be safe. You expect the owner, managers, and employees to take reasonable steps to protect you and other customers from harm. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
If you were involved in a slip and fall accident at Carl Jr’s/Hardee’s, you might have suffered serious injuries. You may have hit your head on the floor or on a table or another object. You may have broken your wrist or injured your elbow in the fall. You may have suffered serious back or neck injuries. If you had a preexisting injury, the fall may have aggravated it and caused you to experience severe and chronic pain.
An injury lawyer for slip and fall accidents at Carl Jr’s/Hardee’s may be able to help. Ben Crump Law, PLLC has represented clients across the United States who suffered harm because of other people’s negligence. We may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to seek financial compensation for your medical bills, lost income, lost or reduced earning potential, and pain and suffering. Call our office at (800) 647-3113 to speak with a member of our team.
When the Business May Be Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident
To prove that the restaurant’s owner or manager was liable for the accident, your attorney will have to show that someone who works for the restaurant was negligent. To do that, your attorney will have to demonstrate that the owner, a manager, or an employee created the dangerous condition that caused the accident, that someone who works for the restaurant knew of the danger but failed to remedy the situation, or that a reasonable person should have known of the danger and done something about it.
The business may be held liable if you slipped and fell because a spill was not cleaned up or because a pipe leaked, and customers were not warned of the danger. The restaurant may be found responsible for the accident if you tripped over something that another customer or an employee had dropped on the floor, and no one had picked up.
The owner or manager may be liable if the floor was damaged, there was no sign to warn customers, and the area was not blocked off. You may also have a valid claim if you were unable to see a dangerous condition because of poor lighting.
The restaurant may be held liable if you were hurt on the premises outside the building. For example, if you fell on snow or ice because no one had shoveled, plowed, sanded, or salted the parking lot and walkways, you may have a valid claim.
When You May Be Responsible for Your Injuries
Even if there was a dangerous condition, you have a duty to use common sense and to take reasonable precautions to protect yourself from harm. If you were walking around while looking down at your phone and texting, and you tripped over an object on the floor that was clearly visible, you may be found responsible for your own injuries. You may also be responsible for the accident if you ignored a warning sign or entered an area that was clearly designated for employees only.
How an Injury Lawyer for Slip and Fall Accidents at Carl Jr’s/Hardee’s May Be Able to Help You
Ben Crump Law, PLLC has sought justice for people all over the United States who were harmed because of the negligence of others. Our firm is not afraid to handle tough cases and to take on powerful people and entities, including large corporations.
A member of our team can discuss the facts of the case with you to understand the conditions in the restaurant and how the accident occurred. We can figure out whether the business was liable and whether your actions or carelessness contributed to the accident.
In some cases, you may be entitled to a financial award, even if you share some of the blame for the accident. Per the American Bar Association (ABA), numerous states have comparative negligence laws that let people who were injured collect financial compensation even if they contributed to the accident that caused their suffering.
If you live in a state with a pure comparative negligence system, you may be entitled to compensation even if you were 99% liable for the accident.
In a state with a modified comparative negligence system, you may receive a financial award if your level of liability does not exceed a threshold set by law. That limit is usually 50 or 51%. In those cases, a financial award that you would have been entitled to if you had not contributed to the accident can be reduced to reflect your level of liability.
If you live in a state with a contributory negligence system, you will not be eligible for a financial award if you have any responsibility at all for the accident.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC
An injury lawyer for slip and fall accidents at Carl Jr’s/Hardee’s may be able to help you pursue compensation for your losses. Our team can discuss your recollection of the accident, review the available evidence, and interview any witnesses to the accident. If we believe that the establishment was liable, we may file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.
If you share some responsibility for the accident, you may still be entitled to compensation, depending on where you live. A member of our team can discuss comparative negligence laws in your state and how they may affect your ability to seek compensation.
Per the Legal Information Institute (LII), statutes of limitations restrict the amount of time that people who have suffered personal injuries have to act. Those periods of time vary from state to state. If you do not take legal action within your state’s statute of limitations, you may forfeit your right to obtain a financial award, even if you were seriously injured, and the restaurant was clearly liable.
The sooner you contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, the sooner our team will be able to begin working on your case. Call our office today at (800) 647-3113 to speak with a member of our staff.