When most people go to a restaurant, the last thing on their minds is concern for their personal safety. No matter the level of dining, we expect to enjoy the food, company, and overall experience without worrying about immediate health issues. Unfortunately, every year, thousands of Americans are injured and made ill by negligence in restaurants and other food establishments.
It may be hard to wrap our minds around this fact, but the truth is that restaurants are full of potential hazards, especially because we are not trained to look out for them. Oftentimes, these hazards involve issues of basic premise upkeep liability, such as a greasy floor leading to a slip and fall, or a loose lighting fixture falling down. In such cases, guilt can often be established if the patron is able to prove that the owner should have known about the danger or knew about it and failed to act.
However, the responsibilities of the establishment do not end at maintaining a safe environment for employees and customers. Food preparation and health standards are also of the utmost importance, with millions of dollars of taxpayer money dedicated annually to restaurant inspections. Restaurants are charged with ensuring that their foods are safe to eat, and with keeping the consumer informed as to any and all ingredients that might produce allergic reactions.
These are only a few of the ways in which restaurants can pose serious health risks to patrons. If you or someone you know has been affected by a restaurant or other eatery’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Stevens Point personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to discuss the facts of your case.