The style of Pizza Hut restaurants varies from location to location. Some stores offer a dine-in option while others are limited to delivery and carry-out. Regardless of whether you enter a Pizza Hut restaurant to eat or to pick up your meal, Pizza Hut is obligated to make sure its customers are safe from hazardous conditions.
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident because of hazardous conditions at one of Pizza Hut’s Georgia locations, you may be able to file a premises liability claim. This will allow you to get compensation for your injuries and associated expenses.
The law firm of John Foy & Associates is committed to helping Georgia residents who have been injured due to the negligence of companies like Pizza Hut. Contact us at 404-260-2412 after your Pizza Hut slip and fall accident for a free case review and consultation.
Pizza Hut History
The original Pizza Hut restaurant was opened in Wichita, Kansas in 1958 by brothers Dan and Frank Carney. They opened a second store six months later, and four additional locations within a year. Starting in 1959, the Carney brothers went on to sell franchising opportunities, and Pizza Hut restaurants quickly spread across the United States.
Pizza Hut is now owned by Yum! Brands and has more than 350,000 employees working in 16,000 stores around the world.
More About Premises Liability
Your slip and fall attorney can help you determine whether your case meets the requirements to file a premises liability claim. To win your petition for compensation against Pizza Hut, you will need to prove:
- At least one Pizza Hut employee or manager knew there were dangerous conditions on the premises. For example:
- A damaged or improperly placed floor mat
- Spilled food or drink
- An uneven pavement in the parking lot in need of repair
- Floors still wet from mopping
- Pizza Hut employees did not tell you about the hazard, place safety signs, or rope off the area as a warning.
- The hazardous conditions led to a slip and fall accident.
- You were injured by your fall, and sustained damages including medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering.
Pizza Hut Slip and Fall Injuries
Pizza Hut, like many restaurants, often have tile floors and hard counters that could cause serious injury when you fall. If the injuries are visible, take photographs as soon as possible to record the damage. You should also get medical attention to diagnose, treat, and document the extent of your injuries.
Physical injuries often associated with slip and fall accidents include:
- Broken ribs or other bones
- Back pain
- Tendon or ligament damage, often in your wrist or ankle
- Whiplash or other neck pain
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Lacerations and bruises
Some of these injuries will be obvious at the time of your fall, while others may only show up in the hours or days after your accident.
After Your Pizza Hut Slip and Fall Accident
As soon as you fall, take stock of your injuries. Take steps to stop bleeding, if necessary, and determine whether you need emergency medical care.
Once your injuries are stable, there are certain actions you should take after your slip and fall accident. The following will help you strengthen your case if you decide to file a premises liability claim:
- In addition to photographing your injuries, take pictures of the site where you fell. Include hazards that may have contributed to your accident and the locations of Pizza Hut security cameras.
- Ask for copies of security camera video footage.
- Report the incident to the Pizza Hut manager and request a copy of the official incident report if one is not offered to you.
- Record the names and contact information of other customers who witnessed your fall.
- Carefully read documents provided to you by Pizza Hut and do not sign or say anything to take the blame for your fall. This could weaken your case and reduce the amount of compensation that Pizza Hut would have to pay you.
- If you decide to file a lawsuit, do so within two years of your slip and fall accident to meet the Georgia statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a strict deadline that must be met for your case to be heard in court.
- Hire a slip and fall attorney to review documents, ensure you meet important deadlines, and represent you in negotiations and legal proceedings.
Call John Foy & Associates Today
Contact John Foy & Associates, a slip and fall law firm you can trust. We are an experienced and respected Atlanta-based firm committed to helping victims of negligence throughout Georgia. Call us today at 404-260-2412 to schedule your free consultation.