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I Slipped and Fell in Shoney’s Restaurant, Now What?

Although slips and falls are rarely reported on the news, they happen more often than you might think at establishments such as restaurants. Spilled food or beverages that are not cleaned up in a timely manner are arguably the main cause of slipping to the floor. While most such accidents do not cause injuries beyond embarrassment, there is a small percentage that does. In such cases, you should get your injuries treated first and then call an experienced law firm for help.  

If you have suffered a restaurant slip and fall injury, you need the personal injury lawyers who can handle your case. The attorneys at The Injury Firm in Fort Lauderdale have the knowledge and experience to know what to do. They can represent you when faced by the restaurant and their insurance company, provide valuable guidance, and protect your rights if you need to file a lawsuit. The Injury Firm is here for you.


Shoney’s is a popular restaurant chain that has seen its fair share of lawsuits because of negligence. This means that the owners of each restaurant are responsible for the condition of the property. Any potential danger that is overlooked or ignored may lead to a slip and fall accident which causes an injury to occur. 

In 2014, a patron at Shoney’s in Louisiana, Patrick Jones, slipped and fell in the restaurant. He filed a lawsuit in the 24th Judicial District Court claiming that he slipped in a puddle of water that had been neglected by the Shoney’s management. While the representatives of Shoney’s claimed that no such puddle existed, Jones was injured in the accident.

Jones claimed in the lawsuit that Shoney’s did not maintain a safe environment for its customers. That it does not act in a prudent or reasonable manner in addressing the danger in a timely manner and failed to warn other customers of the potential danger as represented by the puddle. Jones sued for an unspecified amount of damages which included pain, suffering, embarrassment, humiliation, mental anguish, and payment for his medical expenses.

Such lawsuits are more common than you might think as such accidents happen with frequency not only at Shoney’s but at many other establishments across the US.


Restaurants like Shoney’s and all businesses have a responsibility to protect their customers and employees on their property. This means that all issues that present a potential danger need to be identified and addressed in a timely manner. At Shoney’s for example, a puddle of water that is noticed needs to be immediately addressed either by cleaning up the mess or putting up warning signs that it exists.

With owners being responsible for their property, they have to not only comply with local laws but be diligent to ensure that everything possible is performed when addressing a potentially dangerous situation. From frequent inspections to employee training to identifying possible areas of concern, owners are required by law to ensure the safest environment for their customers and employees.

Being negligent means that they have not fulfilled their responsibilities under the law. That they are now subject to the results of their negligence which includes paying for the medical expenses of an employee or customer who suffers from injuries as a result. But while most slip and fall accidents do not result in serious injuries, some do.


Slipping and falling is the type of accident that may cause moderate to serious injuries to occur. In such cases, most people who are injured in such an accident will experience the following:

  • Bruises
  • Cuts
  • Sprains
  • Broken bones

In rare cases, such a fall may cause more serious injuries that may permanently affect the quality of your life and even put you in serious danger.

  • Internal bleeding
  • Hip fractures
  • Brain bleeds and more

While the first step is to treat your injuries, you should contact a lawyer for proper representation in having your expenses covered by the owners or insurance company.

Why Choose a Law Firm?

There are good reasons why you should get personal injury lawyers on your side, especially when faced with the restaurant or owners and their insurance company to settle immediately.

Pressure: There is little doubt that owners and their insurance companies want to pay as little as possible to cover your medical expenses. That is why they pressure those who have been injured to settle immediately, usually by signing an agreement that often leaves them short on paying their full medical expenses. An experienced personal injury lawyer or law firm can provide you with a buffer against the pressure being applied, so you can make the best-informed decision about how to proceed.

Guidance: Slip and fall accidents do not happen every day. In fact, most people may never experience such an accident that causes injuries. This is why you need the guidance that only a personal injury attorney can provide. They will listen, provide options, and offer their guidance as you seek to get due compensation from those responsible for your injuries.

Representation: In many cases, a proper settlement can be reached before any lawsuit needs to be filed. Or, you may have to file a lawsuit to get what is deserved under the law for the injuries that you have suffered. In either case, you need the proper representation that has the knowledge, experience, and commitment to ensure that your rights are protected.

What to Do?

If you find yourself the victim of a restaurant slip and fall injury or if you are injured through the negligence of any other individual, company, or organization, then please call the experts at The Injury Firm.

Serving the greater Fort Lauderdale community, The Injury Firm will provide you with the right guidance to make the best-informed decisions of how to proceed. From our free consultation to representing you in a lawsuit, we are here to protect your rights and work to ensure that you get what is needed to cover medical expenses from your injury and more.

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