Restaurant and Bar Premises Liability
Restaurant & bar premises liability matters are different! The best expert witness for your restaurant or bar matter is one with “in-the-trenches”, first-hand experience with foodservice industry standards, best practices, operations and regulations.
Howard Cannon – Premises Liability Expert Witness, has decades of experience working with matters involving the restaurant industry, and he offers a range of highly specialized, industry-specific expert services to assist you in all aspects of your restaurant or bar premises liability matters.
Howard is well-versed in OSHA, ADA and industry standard compliance, slip-resistance testing, signing and lighting conditions, and restaurant or bar hazard analysis. He knows what the standard of reasonable care restaurateurs owe their customers and employees looks like in action — and he knows improper conditions or lax safety standards when he sees them.
You need a premises liability expert witness with first hand, “in the trenches” experience working in the restaurant and bar industry — and a practical understanding of industry standards.
- 30+ years Industry Experience
- State and Federal Cases – Plaintiffs and Defendants
- Expert Witness, Forensic Analysis and Liability Evaluation Support
- Practical Knowledge of Industry Standards and Best Practices
Premises Safety – Premises Liability Expert
Slip, trips and falls are among Howard’s most common investigations. More than three million food service employees and over one million guests are injured each year as a result of slips, trips and falls in America’s restaurants. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSi), the hospitality industry spends over $2 billion dollars on such injuries each year; and these injuries are increasing at a rate of roughly ten percent annually.
Compliance Issues – Reasonable & Customary Restaurant Industry Standards of Care
- Restaurant owners and employees must comply with all applicable restaurant industry and OSHA standards pertaining to walking and working surface.
- Under the OSH Act, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace.
- Employers must comply with the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act, which requires owners to keep the workplace free of serious recognized hazards.
Restaurant and bar property owners may be held liable for accidents and injuries that occur on their premises/property. Types of incidents that may occur in restaurants and bars resulting in premises liability claims can range from slips, trips and falls; food contaminations; faulty or broken furniture, and much more.
Restaurant Premises Liability Expert Witness – Howard Cannon can help you determine whether the standard of reasonableness and care required by a restaurant or bar owner/operator towards patrons, employees, vendors, service providers, and all who otherwise enter the premises, has been met. Quite often, this standard of care will involve the rules, regulations, and recommendations of federal, state, and local governing agencies; such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points). Howard will examine numerous factors; including, but not limited to, the:
- Circumstances under which the visitor entered the property;
- Use to which the property is put;
- Foreseeability of the accident or injury that occurred;
- Operational policies and procedures;
- Safety training;
- Management oversight; and,
- Reasonableness of the owner/operator’s effort to repair a dangerous condition or warn those who enter the property.
A properly designed, effectively implemented, and continually updated and supervised maintenance program can very likely reduce the chances of premises liability accidents and injuries; such as, continual and ongoing safety training and regularly scheduled premises inspections.
Premises Liability Limitations:
One of the most commonly used limitations on a restaurant or bar owner/operator’s liability is the argument that the injured person was partially at fault for what happened. A visitor has a duty, in most cases, to exercise reasonable care for his or her own safety, as well. The negligence of an injured party may limit or greatly reduce the ability to recover damages in a restaurant or bar premises liability matter.
Restaurant Expert Witness is one of America’s most highly-visible, and highly-recognizable restaurant, bar, and food service industry consulting, expert witness, and advisory firms — providing industry analyses, consultation, expertise, opinions, advice, management, mediation, content, and expert witness services to clients of all types and sizes, and in markets across the country and around the globe. Restaurant Expert Witness is a division of Restaurant Operations Institute, Inc. (ROI, Inc.) – founded in 1987.
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