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How do I prove liability in a slip and fall accident at a nightclub?
An evening out with friends at your favorite nightclub should never end with a tragedy. Unfortunately, certain hazards can make the establishment perilous to customers. If you slip and fall at your favorite nightclub and suffer injury, you may be able to pursue compensation.
Under Florida premises liability laws, nightclub operators are legally required to protect their clients and guests from harm while on their premises. However, as with any legal matter, you will need to prove your premises liability case against the defendant to win your claim. Below are a couple of ways.
Failure to carry out routine inspection
Part of owning any business involves taking appropriate steps to keep both your employees and customers safe. Nightclub proprietors have a duty to regularly inspect the facility and fix hazardous conditions that may cause slip and fall accidents.
Such hazards may include leaking taps that may spill water onto the floor, worn-out carpets, poorly lit staircases and broken staircase rails. If the club owner fails to make a deliberate effort to fix hazardous conditions that result in slips and falls, they may be held liable if an injury occurs.
Lack of warning signs
When the nightclub proprietor knows about a danger within the premises, they must provide their customers with adequate notice. It is not uncommon for the club owner to fail to seal off or place warning signs in areas where there are spills or other slip and fall hazards. If the club owner fails to warn guests about potential dangers, they can be held responsible if slip and fall accidents occur in such areas.
These are just a couple of examples in which establishments could be held liable. If you or a loved one was injury during a visit to a nightclub, seeking the guidance of a personal injury attorney can help determine if you have a cause of action and, if so, the types of compensation you may be able to pursue for your specific situation.