Bar stool injuries may occur if a person falls off of a stool, usually in a restaurant or bar setting. These are similar to injuries related to defective chairs. However, they can be more dangerous due to the height of most stools. Falls can occur for various reasons, including:
- weakness in the supporting parts of the stool;
- cheap materials used in constructing the stool;
- failure to repair old or worn stool parts; and
- various other causes and fall hazards.
Injuries resulting from a bar stool accident may include: sprains; broken bones (especially the arm and wrist areas when trying to break a fall); and back injuries, especially injuries to the tailbone. Some bar stool injuries can be severe and can result in long-term conditions or disabilities.
Who Can be Held Liable for a Bar Stool Injury?
Depending on the circumstances, various parties can be held liable for a bar stool injury. For instance, the owner/operator of a bar or restaurant establishment may be held liable for negligence if a patron is injured due to a faulty bar stool. The owner may be held liable for instance if they knew or should have known that a bar stool was faulty, yet failed to repair or replace the stool.
In addition, a manufacturer of a bar stool may be liable for injuries if there is a defect associated with the product. For instance, if there is a defect in the design of the stool, the manufacturer may be held liable for damages caused by the stool injury.
Liability for a bar stool may be reduced or affected if the injured party contributed to their own injury. This may include factors such as assumption of risk (the person knew of risks associated with the stool, yet continued to use it) or intoxication (this is common in bars and other establishments that serve alcohol).
Are There any Legal Remedies Available for a Bar Stool Injury Claim?
Remedies for a bar stool injury claim may vary according to state law as well as the circumstances. In most lawsuits, remedies will include a monetary damages award. The award will likely cover losses like hospital bills, medical expenses, and other costs such as loss of wages or lost earning capacity. In many instances, other remedies may apply as well, such as a product recall. In cases where a restaurant or bar owner is liable, the court may require them to review and adjust their safety standards as well.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Assistance with a Bar Stool Injury Lawsuit?
Bar stool injuries can be serious and can result in major losses for the non-liable party. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need assistance with a legal claim. Your attorney can provide you with guidance and representation for your case.