Grabbing a cup of Starbucks coffee is a daily ritual for many New Yorkers, and there are hundreds of Starbucks stores around the city. While most coffee shop experiences are pleasant and uneventful, a trip to Starbucks can also be devastating and costly if you fall in or around the shop.
Here is how Starbucks slip and fall accidents happen and what to do after you’ve suffered from a fall in a NYC Starbucks.
Causes of Slip and Fall at Starbucks Accidents
A lot of things can go wrong inside a Starbucks coffee shop that go far beyond just getting the wrong cappuccino order or the shop being out of your favorite pastry. These are some of most common scenarios that happen inside NYC Starbucks shops that result in injuries and lawsuits.
- Puddles of water on the floor from spilled drinks
- Rain and snow tracked in from the outside
- Construction work going on just outside the shop
- Ripped and torn floor mats and rugs
- Broken tables or chairs in the shop
- Not placing a caution sign after mopping floors
- Wet or damaged bathrooms
Common Injuries After a Fall in a Starbucks
Slip and fall at Starbucks accidents can be very minor and give you little more than public embarrassment. But they can also be very serious and cause injuries such as these:
- Brain injury
- Sprained ankles and wrists
- Broken hips and knees
- Cuts and scrapes
Proving Liability Against Starbucks
Starbucks is responsible for keeping the stores safe and adhering to Starbucks company policies. It is common for Starbucks to simply apologize for the inconvenience of a patron’s fall and offer a free cup of coffee as a consolation prize. But if you’ve been seriously injured due to the shop’s negligence, then you’re entitled to much more than just that.
You may be able to pursue a case against the Starbucks corporation after a fall if the owner and staff did not provide proper signage, remove broken furniture, or clean up spills in a timely way. To be successful, you must show that your fall would not have happened if the shop weren’t responsible for it. One way to show this is to get statements from other people in the coffee shop who witnessed your accident and can corroborate your story. Medical documentation of your related treatment, evidence that you have been losing earnings at your job, and invoices to show your accident-related costs will also help to prove your case against this giant coffee retailer.
Get Legal Help with Your Starbucks Slip and Fall Case
At the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum, we can help you prove that Starbucks and/or another party was negligent and that this negligence caused your slip and fall at Starbucks injuries. Going up against such a big name as Starbucks can be intimidating, but we bring even the most powerful companies and individuals to justice so that you can get the compensation you deserve and get on with your life.
If you have suffered a Starbucks slip and fall accident, you need Attorney Kestenbaum on your side. Contact us today at 718-237-5586 for a free legal consultation and to learn more about whether you have a valid claim against a NYC Starbucks shop.