Many Florida residents often frequent fast food establishments because they offer food that's quick and cheap. An Illinois woman, however, got more than she bargained for when she visited a popular fast food chain in June 2013 and ended up with permanent injuries.

The woman was visiting a McDonald's in Highland, Illinois, when she slipped on a puddle of water on the floor. She fell and subsequently suffered numerous injuries. She is now suing the owner of the McDonald's chain of restaurants, C-Mac, for her injuries.

The woman claims she is now permanently injured and unable to work. She is attempting to recover compensation for pain and suffering and medical expenses. Her husband is also seeking financial recovery for the loss of wife's support, companionship, fellowship and society.

The woman believes that McDonald's is negligent for failing to inspect the floor and clean up the water, especially in an area where patrons would walk. She is seeking compensation exceeding $50,000.

As noted in this incident, a small amount of water can cause a serious slip and fall injury. Even if the water spill was caused by a customer, employees and business owners have the duty to inspect walking surfaces regularly to ensure customers are free from any type of dangerous condition that can cause someone to slip and fall.

It is unfortunate that the woman suffered lifelong injuries from a simple accident. However, business owners must be aware of premises liability issues that can affect their business operations. Employees should be trained to clean up spills and other messes promptly. If you or a loved one suffer a fall in a restaurant, store or other establishment, you do have the right to seek legal help for any injuries. You may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses and other damages.

Source:  The Madison-St. Clair Record, "Highland McDonald's owner sued over woman's slip and fall" Kelly Holleran, Aug. 12, 2013