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Slip and Fall Lawyer FAQ: I slipped and fell at a movie theater and now have a broken arm and torn shoulder ligament. Can I file a lawsuit?

Posted February 21, 2019 | Personal Injury

Personal Injury Lawyer in Philadelphia, PA

A trip to the movie theater is a timeless experience and enjoyed by people all over the world. When you are planning your visit, you will likely only be thinking about that movie you’ve been so eager to watch. Not to mention the buttery popcorn and cool drink. There is very little chance you were thinking about slipping and falling at a movie theater. However, these accidents are very common. If you slipped and fell at a movie theater it is important to educate yourself on these types of incidents as well as your legal rights.

Understanding Movie Theater Slip and Falls

Slipping and falling inside or outside of a movie theater can cause many different injuries ranging from mild to moderate, severe or life-threatening. Some injuries may require just a few days off work and have little to no impact on your life. Others might lead to chronic pain or permanent disability. As a slip and fall lawyer, we have known of cases that involve injuries such as:

  • Sprain
  • Muscle strain or tear
  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Back injury
  • Hip injury
  • Burns

It may be possible to hold the movie theater responsible for a slip and fall. To do this, you would have to prove the theater was negligence. In other words, the movie theater owed you a duty to provide you with a reasonably safe environment, but failed to do so. Some examples of potential conditions that may lead to a slip and fall in a movie theater include:

  • Dangerous stairs
  • Wet or slippery floors
  • Debris or objects left in walking paths
  • Improper lighting
  • Spilled liquids
  • Spilled butter
  • Rowdy moviegoers

For example, let assume that the movie theater had a self-service butter dispenser for patrons. When pumped, liquid butter can be applied to popcorn. However, it may also drip or spill over the counter and onto the surrounding floor area. Butter is known to be very slippery. If someone walks near this area, and the butter is not cleaned up, it may be hazardous and lead to a slip and fall. Although the theater does have a reasonable amount of time to clean up the butter, it is their duty to do so within that period of time. Failure to address the slippery butter could be an example of negligence.

Proving a Slip and Fall

In order to prove negligence, you or your slip and fall lawyer may need to consider the following questions:

  • Did the movie theater create a condition that was hazardous and the cause of your slip and fall?
  • Was the movie theater unclean or unkept and in need of maintenance?
  • Should the movie theater manager, owner, or staff have been aware of the hazard?
  • Were there any warning signs?
  • Was the potential hazard ignored?

These answers, in addition to any evidence like photographs, medical records, and witness testimony will be important to proving your case.

For a free case review, call a personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia, PA for movie theater accidents now.

Contact Wieand Law Firm, LLC for their insight into personal injury claims and slip and fall accident injuries at the movie theater.