Huntsville, Al personal injury lawyer Morris Lilienthal is pleased to announce he has reached a settlement arising out of a slip and fall accident at a local Chili’s Restaurant. The accident occurred when the plaintiff slipped and fell on a greasy substance on the floor resulting in the plaintiff sustaining a serious back injury. As a result of the fall, the plaintiff underwent two back surgeries, multiple injections, and several rounds of physical therapy. The plaintiff’s medical bills totaled over $300,000.
Under Alabama law, a premises owner has a duty to keep its premises in a reasonably safe condition. In the context of a slip and fall accident, the plaintiff has to establish the premises owner had actual knowledge of the foreign substance (dangerous condition) or that they had constructive notice of the foreign substance. One exception is if the dangerous condition is a part of the premises, then the premises owner is presumed to be on notice of the dangerous condition. In this case, there was witness testimony that on two separate occasion’s two witnesses had slipped in this foreign substance prior to the plaintiff. Moreover, the witnesses testified that they informed their waitress after each incident. Thus, there was evidence Chili’s was on actual notice of the dangerous condition before plaintiff’s fall and they failed to clean up or warn against the dangerous condition.
We are happy we were able to reach a fair and just settlement for our client. If you have been injured in a fall on someone else’s property, contact the experienced Huntsville Alabama Slip and Fall attorneys at Martinson & Beason, P.C.