Visitor Question

Slipped on salsa…

Submitted By: Anonymous (USA)

We were at a restaurant and were waiting to be called to pick up our food. I picked it up and put it on the table. I walked around the corner to put the tray up when I stepped on salsa on the floor. The girl had just spilled it, the bowl slipped out of her hands.

I slipped but didn’t fall. I sprained my two ankles and lower back. What would be the approximate worth of two sprained ankles and a sprained lower back? Do you think I have a good case?

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Dear Anonymous,

Unless your back injury is more serious than a sprain, ankle injuries and back sprains are not usually the types of cases which are worth pursuing. Personal injury lawsuits must be based on not only injuries, but the medical costs for the treatment of the injuries and the probability of future pain and discomfort.

From the facts you present you didn’t notify the restaurant management about the fall or your injuries. You also didn’t seek medical care at, or about the time of your injuries. These are two of the most important factors necessary to support a personal injury claim.

To be sure your injuries aren’t any more serious than they appear to be you might consider consulting with your family doctor. After an examination she will be in the best position to determine if your injuries are sprains, or if there is any chance they may be more serious.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: October 13, 2011

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