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Can I Sue After Being Assaulted At McDonald’s?

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Although many people might not realize it, fast food restaurants are a magnet for criminal activity – especially late at night. These establishments are open 24/7, which means that they attract all manner of people. Unfortunately, some of these individuals are violent. If you were assaulted while simply trying to grab a Big Mac or a Whopper, you might have been left with serious injuries. So can you sue?

If you have been injured for any reason while visiting a fast food restaurant in Orlando, you need to get in touch with a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Filing criminal charges may not be enough to truly pursue justice. A personal injury attorney can help you recover compensation for medical expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, and much more.

Why Should You Sue the Fast Food Restaurant? 

If you have been assaulted by a criminal at McDonald’s or any other fast food establishment, you might be wondering why you should sue the restaurant itself rather than the person who actually harmed you. The reason is simple: criminals tend to have limited funds – especially if they’re the type of people that visit McDonald’s at 3 AM. This means that if you sue the criminal or pursue punitive damages, they won’t have the ability to provide you with the funds you need to cover your damages.

In contrast, McDonald’s is a massive corporation with access to limitless funds. This means that suing these fast food restaurants can provide you with all the money you need to cover your medical expenses, missed wages, and more.

How Can You Sue a Fast Food Restaurant? 

In most cases (but not all), victims are harmed by other patrons rather than employees of the restaurant. So how can you sue the restaurant? In the legal world, injured plaintiffs can file what are known as “negligent security” claims in certain situations. Basically, this means that you’re suing the restaurant for hiring inadequate security. You can only do this under certain circumstances, however.

Typically, a property owner or business owner is expected to create an adequate security system if they become aware that their patrons are at risk. There are many situations in which heightened security may become a necessity. Certain types of businesses are inherently more attractive to criminals than others. For example, casinos and nightclubs are expected to hire security guards or bouncers.

In the case of a fast food restaurant, security might become needed under different circumstances. If the restaurant is located in an area known for high levels of crime, the owner should take the necessary steps to protect patrons. Security is also required if there have been multiple assaults in the establishment over the years.

Reach Out to Us Today for Help 

Our skilled Orlando personal injury attorneys at Payer Law understand that these incidents can be incredibly traumatic, and we know how serious injuries can be for assault victims. The truth is, fast food restaurants have a legal responsibility to protect patrons. If they fail in this duty of care, you have every right to sue. Book your consultation today, and we can help you strive for the best possible outcomes.

Sources:

journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1936724419898882

clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/09/01/wendys-manager-arrested-after-attacking-customer-volusia-county-deputies-say/

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