Restaurant Customer Receives £1,350 After Slip on Wet Floor Causes Hurt Knee

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A husband and wife were celebrating their wedding anniversary at a local Indian restaurant when she slipped on the wet wood laminate floor and hurt herself.

Wet floor in a restaurant

The couple lived close to the restaurant and so intended to walk there. However, on that evening, as there had been a heavy rainfall and storm their daughter gave them a lift to the restaurant.

They took a seat in the restaurant and the wife had half a glass of wine. After 15 minutes, she took a trip to the bathroom.

Upon returning to her table, she slipped on the wet laminate floor and landed heavily on her right side. She banged her knee causing injury and also bruising to her arm and elbow.

A waiter helped her up and she returned to her table in a lot of pain and embarrassment.

Upon asking the manager about the wet floor, he allegedly admitted that they had experienced problems with it and he had asked someone to come and investigate. The husband pointed out that there were wet patches on the floor which could have caused his wife’s accident.

The lady required on-going hospital treatment and physiotherapy for her hurt knee and elbow and had to take time off from her work as a Welfare Officer.

The restaurant owners denied responsibility for the accident and suggested that the lady was to blame by being intoxicated and wearing high heels. Our client strongly denied that she ever wears high heels and said that she had only drank half a glass of wine, and so was not intoxicated.

The waiter also denied that the floor was wet and that it had been raining, expressing that he "believed it was dry outside." This was despite the heavy rainfall.

On behalf of our client, we took the matter to court. She won a compensation payment of £1,350 which she accepted.

Michelle Rhodes, Chartered Legal Executive from Simpson Millar has said: "Restaurant owners and occupiers of premises need to take care of their visitors and ensure that they do everything possible to avoid them from being injured. If they do not keep their visitors safe and they are injured as a result, then it is likely that a claim of this nature would succeed.”


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