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Slip-and-fall lawsuit filed against restaurant Red Lobster

Going out to eat at a restaurant is a common activity. It's a nice way to enjoy the company of others, and it gives one a break from having to cook at home. Unfortunately, restaurants can sometimes be hazardous places. Not only is there danger from servers carrying trays of hot food or the possibility of there being broken glassware, but even something as simple as a spill can lead to devastating injuries.

A woman in a neighboring state has filed a lawsuit against the popular restaurant chain Red Lobster. According to the woman, the floor in the restaurant was wet, causing her to slip and fall and injure herself. She believes the restaurant was negligent in failing to keep their premises safe for patrons. She suffered permanent injuries to her hip, shoulder and back. Her husband also filed a lawsuit for loss of companionship. They are pursuing financial compensation for punitive damages, compensatory damages and attorney fees.

Restaurants, like stores, have a duty to keep their premises safe for customers. Invitees -- that is, store or restaurant patrons -- have the right to expect that the premises are safe. Property owners are tasked with taking reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their premises for invitees. This includes regularly inspecting their property for safety hazards and either correcting the hazards or providing warnings of the dangerous conditions. If a property owner knew or should have known there was a dangerous condition on their property and failed to remedy it, they could be held liable.

No one should expect to be injured at a restaurant or store, but it does happen. And when it does, it is important for victims in Maryland to understand their rights and legal options for recovery.

Source: West Virginia Record, "Woman files slip-and-fall suit against Red Lobster," Annie Cosby, Oct. 27, 2014

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