Popular food chain, Panera Bread, has been named as a defendant in a slip and fall lawsuit. The plaintiff claims he was walking on the sidewalk, trying to enter Panera Bread when he slipped and fell on “a thin, clear sheet of ice on the sidewalk.”
The plaintiff is seeking more than $200,000 in damages for his injuries and pain and suffering. The lawsuit is also seeking additional damages for his legal costs.
The lawsuit claims the plaintiff suffered serious injuries that have made it difficult for him to continue working and that he has a loss of income due to the accident. The lawsuit states that Panera Bread is liable for his injuries and loss of income for the following reasons:
- Failure to keep premises in a safe condition
- Failure to remove ice from the sidewalk
- Failure to warn customers of slippery surfaces
- Failure to maintain a safe entrance and exit
The defendants named in the lawsuit, which include Panera Bread, Total Lot Maintenance and StreamCol, all deny the allegations. They stated that the plaintiff suffered his injuries because of his own careless actions and any ice on the sidewalk was due to a natural accumulation.
A judge will be hearing the case in April.
This case is an example of the legal action victims can take if they are injured on the premises of a retail store or restaurant. Companies are required to maintain a safe environment for their customers. This includes keeping sidewalks safe for customers to walk on and warning customers of any potential hazards.
When injuries occur due to a property owner’s negligence, you may be able to file a lawsuit to seek damages for your injuries. Consulting a personal injury attorney can help you explore all of your options.
Source: The Madison-St. Clair Record, “Panera Bread denies liability in icy slip and fall case,” Heather Isringhausen Gvillo, March 24, 2015