Restaurants in all of Mississippi have a duty to provide a safe and hazard-free environment for their customers. When that duty is breached and a customer suffers an injury, the establishment is then at risk of being sued for damages. A restaurant chain with more than 100 locations nationwide was recently sued in 2019 after Eddie Tucker of Hinds County slipped and fell inside one of the restaurant locations in 2018.
The Clarion Ledger reported that the incident occurred on May 25, 2018, during Eddie Tucker and his wife’s visit to Newk’s Eatery in Jackson, MS. Court documents claim Tucker went to refill his drink at the self-serve beverage area and as he started to walk back to his booth, he slipped on the wet floor and fell. Tucker says he sustained “significant bodily injuries” as well as “physical and mental pain and suffering.”
The couple decided to file suit not only to recognize Newk’s Eatery for creating a “dangerous condition,” but also to obtain compensation for the injuries and losses suffered. The lawsuit requests that the couple be awarded $57,950 for the medical expenses Tucker incurred along with compensation to cover lost wages, attorneys’ fees, additional damages, and more.
Suing a Company for a Slip-and-Fall Accident in Jackson, Mississippi
If you’ve fallen on someone else’s property in Jackson, MS, whether it belongs to a small business or a restaurant establishment, you need to determine if the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. Was water left on the floor that should have been mopped up? Was part of the flooring lifted or torn that resulted in you falling? If the incident could have been prevented had the employees or owner taken the necessary steps to ensure its place of business was safe and hazard-free, then you may have a viable case against it.
If you slipped and fell inside a restaurant, store, or small business in or nearby to Jackson, MS and want to find out if you have the grounds to sue the company, contact Jackson, MS personal injury attorney William E. Ballard.
What types of damages can I sue for?
While most personal injury lawsuits seek compensation for medical bills and lost wages, there are actually several other types of damages a slip-and-fall accident victim can request be paid to them and their family. For example, if your injuries have impacted your life in a multitude of ways, causing you to suffer both physically and mentally, you could request damages for pain and suffering and even mental anguish. If the accident has had an adverse effect on your marriage, your spouse could seek payment for loss of consortium.
The fact is, you might be entitled to recover a significant amount of money for various damages but it isn’t until you consult with Jackson, MS personal injury lawyer William E. Ballard that you will know what you can sue for. Therefore, if you would like to have an experienced lawyer evaluate your case and determine what it is worth, we encourage you to contact Ballard Law, PLLC today to schedule an initial consultation.
You can reach Ballard Law, PLLC at:
108 S. President Street
Jackson, MS 39201