When a restaurant in Pennsylvania fails to keep its premises clean and safe for customers, a person may end up slipping and falling. A seemingly simple slip-and-fall accident on dangerous property can easily lead to life-changing injuries. One individual in an out-of-state case recently sued fast-food giant Taco Bell, alleging that he fell on the company's property due to its failure to properly maintain it.
The man said he was in the parking lot of a Taco Bell when he suddenly slipped and fell on some grease that was on the pavement. He said the grease patches were slick. This grease was also in a part of the restaurant common area that lacked lighting.
As a result of the fall, the man said he suffered injuries. He said that the restaurant had a duty to take care of the parking lot and did not do so. He also claimed that the restaurant should have known about the grease and should have warned guests about it. The man is seeking damages of more than $50,000.
When a business fails to take care of its property and a customer injures him- or herself as a result, the company may be held liable for the injuries occurring on the dangerous property. The victim may rightfully pursue damages, which -- if awarded -- may help to pay for hospital expenses, the loss of income and other losses linked to the injury-causing incident. Competent proof negligence is required to establish liability in a way that pleases the civil court in Pennsylvania.
Source: Madison Record, "Customer blames Taco Bell in slip and fall suit", Carol Ostrow, June 30, 2015