Taco Bell is the leading Mexican-inspired quick-service restaurant serving more than 40 million customers in the U.S. each week. The company is responsible for the safety of every customer who walks walk through the door or who pulls up to the drive-through window. If you are injured on a Taco Bell premises, the company could be required to pay your medical bills.
More about Taco Bell
The first Taco Bell restaurant opened in Downey, CA, in 1962. The first franchise store opened in 1964 and by 1967 100 locations were operating throughout the Los Angeles area. Today Taco Bell is owned by Yum!, a large fast-food corporation that also owns KFC and Pizza Hut.
Taco Bell ran several high-profile promotions over the years pushing the company into the national spotlight. Today there are nearly 7,500 restaurants in the U.S. and around the world, with 243 locations in Georgia alone.
Slip and Fall Hazards
When you visit a Georgia Taco Bell restaurant, you are thinking about your order. Your eyes are probably looking up at the menu behind the counter, not on the ground where you could slip on:
- Spilled food, drinks or taco sauce packets.
- Freshly mopped tile floors.
- Damaged or uneven flooring or sidewalks.
- Floor mats that are not lying flat.
Making matters worse, you may have a hard time seeing these hazards if any of the restaurant lights are burned out.
Employees are required to remove or remedy these hazards as soon as they become aware of them. Safety signs should be set out to caution you to watch your step. If you are unaware of these dangers, you may find yourself injured in a slip and fall accident.
Consequences of a Slip and Fall
Slip and fall injuries can range from temporary cuts and bruises to long-lasting or even permanent painful conditions. After a fall at a Georgia Taco Bell you may experience:
- Broken ribs or other bones
- Head injury
- Neck injury
- Shoulder dislocation
- Spinal cord or back injury
- Wrist or ankle sprain
Treatment for these injuries can cause a financial and emotional burden, the good news is you may be able to recover damages from Taco Bell.
Georgia Personal Injury Laws
If your slip and fall accident was caused by Taco Bell employee negligence, you can file a premises liability claim stating that the restaurant did not fulfill their duty of care to make sure you were safe on their property. You can ask Taco Bell to reimburse you for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Under Georgia’s modified comparative negligence laws, however, your court-ordered award will be reduced or even eliminated if you are also found to be partly at fault. For example, if you were looking at your phone instead of watching where you were walking, the court may rule that you were at least partially responsible for your injuries.
It is crucial that you not admit fault or sign anything that states you are even partially at fault for your Taco Bell slip and fall accident; however, there are steps you can take to prepare for potential legal action after your fall.
What You Should Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
Severe injuries may warrant a 911 call or an immediate visit to the emergency room at your local hospital. If you can stay on the scene, however, take the following steps to document your Taco Bell slip and fall incident:
- Check the area where you fell for hazards and take pictures of them before they are removed.
- Talk to other Taco Bell patrons and gather names and contact information of anyone who witnessed your fall.
- Take photos of your visible injuries.
- Request a copy of Taco Bell’s official incident report and security footage.
- Consult with a slip and fall attorney to determine the strength of your case. He or she can help you gather evidence, negotiate with Taco Bell on your behalf, and make sure you file your lawsuit before Georgia’s two-year statute of limitations expires.
Reach out to John Foy & Associates
At John Foy & Associates, we charge no fees for our services until we win your case. Our payment is taken from your Taco Bell settlement or damage award, so there is no risk to you. Call John Foy & Associates day or night 404-260-2412 for your no-obligation consultation.