Subway prides itself on quick, nutritious food options for the whole family. If that food is dropped in one of their stores and you slip on it, you may end up with life-long injuries.
Law requires Georgia businesses to maintain a safe environment for customers. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident while on the premises of a Georgia business, including Subway, that business may have to pay for your injuries. If you file and win a personal injury claim against Subway, the restaurant chain may have to compensate you for your medical expenses, lost wages during recovery, and pain and suffering
Subway will not pay what you are owed without a fight. Large corporations have well-paid attorneys to make sure they do not pay you a dime. That is why you need the Strong Arm of the law, the slip and fall accident and injury attorneys at John Foy & Associates. Our attorneys are not afraid to stand up to big companies on your behalf. Call today and consult with one of our slip and fall attorneys, (404) 400-4000. There is no obligation.
About Subway Restaurants
The first Subway restaurant was opened in Bridgeport, CT more than 50 years ago. There were 16 Subway sandwich shops in 1974. Soon after, Subway began franchising its stores, leading to faster growth of the brand.
Today, there are nearly 24 thousand Subway restaurants in the United States and 40,000 locations around the world, making it the largest submarine sandwich chain in the world.
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Injuries Caused by a Slip and Fall Accident
If you trip over an unexpected object or lose your footing in a Subway, a slip and fall accident can occur. If you fall and hit your head on a table or tile flooring you could suffer a concussion.
Other injuries that can occur as a result of a fall in a Subway restaurant include:
- A dislocated shoulder
- Acute spinal cord injury
- Knee or ankle injury
- Broken arm or leg
- Broken or sprained wrist
Slip and Fall Hazards at Subway
Any business or public place could contain unexpected slip and fall hazards, but some scenarios are more likely encountered in a fast-food restaurant like Subway. Some dangers to include:
- Seating hazards – Some Subway restaurants use tall tables and stools. If this equipment is unstable or a chair is left in your path you could fall.
- Condiments on the floor – Subway uses condiments such as oil, mustard, and mayonnaise on their sandwiches. If any of these substances are dropped onto the tile floor, they could cause slippery conditions that lead to a slip and fall accident.
- Spilled drinks – Subway customers dispense soda and ice at self-service fountain machines. If ice is dropped or soda is spilled, Subway employees may not have time to clean it up before you slip and fall.
- Discarded paper wrapping – If customers are careless or if waste bins are not emptied on time, discarded Subway sandwich wrappers may wind up in your path.
- Excess toppings – Subway sandwiches are often overfilled with excess tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, or onions. These water-based foods can become dangerous slipping hazards if dropped unseen onto the floor.
Georgia Personal Injury Laws
Each state has laws governing personal injury lawsuits. The following are Georgia personal injury laws that could impact your case:
- Statute of limitations – Georgia has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases. If your slip and fall lawsuit is not filed within Georgia’s two-year deadline it will be dismissed by the court and you will not be eligible for compensation.
- Premises liability – A business like Subway is required to provide a safe environment for its customers. If employees had knowledge of a hazard and did not address it immediately or put up signs to warn you about it, Subway could be liable for your injuries.
- Comparative negligence – This legal concept refers to the amount of liability Subway must assume if you were partially to blame for your accident.
- If you are found to be up to 49% responsible for your slip and fall accident, your award will be reduced by the same percentage as your portion of the blame.
- If you are found to be 50% or moreresponsible for your slip and fall accident, the court will award you no compensation.
What You Should do After a Subway Slip and Fall
Do not admit fault or sign anything Subway, or its representatives present to you. They may ask you to sign off on an incident report that would protect their interests and limit any compensation you are entitled to.
Make sure to take photographs of the wet floor or slipping hazard, get contact information from witnesses, and ask for security camera footage if it is available.
If Subway’s negligence was responsible for your injuries, one of our slip and fall legal teams will ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Call us now at (404) 400-4000 and ask about your free consultation.