Villages Woman Sues Dunkin Donuts After Slip and Fall
A woman from The Villages is suing a Dunkin Donuts franchisee after she allegedly slipped and fell on an unmarked wet floor in the coffee shop, according to a recent court filing. The plaintiff is seeking in excess of $50,000 plus interest and costs related to her injury.
According to the lawsuit, the woman went to Dunkin Donuts on November 15, 2022 and slipped on a floor that was wet, but not marked by a slip hazard sign. She allegedly fell “forcefully” to the ground causing substantial injury. The plaintiff contends that the franchisee allowed a potential slip hazard to go unremedied creating an obvious danger to customers. She claims that employees of the franchisee failed to inspect the indoor floor area.
Elements of negligence in a slip and fall accident
In a slip and fall accident lawsuit, the plaintiff must be able to establish that the proprietor was negligent. This is proven under a theory of foreseeability. The plaintiff must be able to effectively argue that the defendant company either knew about the dangerous condition or would have known about the dangerous condition had they exercised an ordinary amount of care. In this case, the plaintiff is arguing that the Dunkin franchisee failed to exercise an ordinary amount of care in allowing a dangerous condition to persist on the premises ultimately resulting in injury.
Damages in a slip and fall accident
Damages in a slip and fall lawsuit are related to the extent of your injuries. In this case, the plaintiff contends that she suffered “pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, permanent and significant scarring, mental anguish, loss of the capacity for the enjoyment of life, the expense of hospitalization, medical and nursing care treatment, loss of earnings, loss of the ability to earn money, and the aggravation of previously existing conditions.
Damages are compensation afforded to a plaintiff due to the negligence of another party. In this case, the plaintiff contends that the Dunkin franchisee’s negligence resulted in severe injuries, but the lawsuit doesn’t specifically mention what those injuries are, only that they resulted in permanent injury, disfigurement, and scarring.
Analyzing Dunkin’s defense
Dunkin is likely to argue that their employees were unaware of the dangerous condition or did not have enough time to remedy the condition before the plaintiff slipped and fell. In cases like these, a lawyer representing the plaintiff would use surveillance footage to show that the slip hazard was present for an extended period of time and no one mopped it up or put a slippery floor sign up to ensure that the customers were safe.
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