Fast food outlets are very popular, especially for those looking to grab some lunch on the run. If you’re visiting a fast food restaurant, here are some tips to help you avoid injuries and accidents like slips, trips and falls.
Common injuries in fast food outlets
If you’re eating in a restaurant or visiting fast food outlets, it’s a good idea to be wary of some common hazards. Here are some potential accidents and injuries to avoid when you’re picking up your takeaway or ordering a lunchtime snack from fast food outlets:
- Slips and trips: watch out for litter, such as empty cartons and slippery floors
- Falls: take care when walking down stairs and watch out for warning signs that alert you to wet floors or hidden steps
- Burns: take care to avoid burns and scalds when handling hot food and beverages
- Spills: try to avoid running, even if you’re in a hurry; if you bump into somebody, they may spill hot food or liquid on you
Slip and trip injuries range from minor cuts and bruises to potentially serious spinal and head injuries.
If you’ve been injured after slipping in a public place such as fast food outlets, get your injuries checked out, and report the incident to the member of staff in charge. If you’ve been scalded by a hot drink, you may need to see a doctor.
Severe burns can cause permanent damage to your skin and they are usually very painful.
Am I at fault for accidents in fast food outlets?
If you’ve been injured in a public place such as a fast food outlet, you may be thinking about making a claim for public liability compensation.
In order to claim personal injury compensation, you must be able to prove that you were not at fault for your injuries. If you fell because you weren’t paying attention, or you failed to notice a warning sign, you will be liable for the accident. If you slipped on a broken tile or a wet floor which hadn’t been clearly marked, the restaurant owner or manager should accept liability.
If you wish to claim compensation following a public place accident, Accident Advice Helpline can help. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile now to talk to one of our friendly advisers. We can help you to claim the compensation you deserve without any stress at all.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice