Aw, nuts!

Or so the defendant might say about the $185K verdict in this case (reduced by 50% due to the plaintiff’s comparative fault).  She slipped and fell at Texas Roadhouse allegedly due to peanut shells and whatnot on the hardwood floor.  Allegedly, restaurant patrons were encouraged to discard shells on the floor, which, according to my experience with a similar establishment in a different state, highlights the casual western theme.

From a claims and loss control perspective encouraging patrons to throw debris onto hardwood floors just seems like a bad idea because I doubt whatever “atmosphere” is created thereby increases revenue enough to offset the costs of defending this or similar claims, and sometimes paying the verdict.  (“Jury’s $185K Award More Than Peanuts for Restaurant”, On Point News, Oct. 27).

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