Woman Suffers Traumatic Brain Injury After Slipping On Restaurant Mats

    Flooring ExpertThis case involves a woman who was injured at a chain restaurant. She tripped on a commercial mat at the restaurant causing her to fall back and hit her head. The woman suffered a traumatic brain injury and required long-term therapy to recover from her injuries. The restaurant’s mats were replaced periodically by a uniform and equipment rental company. It was alleged that the mats that the restaurant used were not in accordance with industry safety standards. A flooring expert was sought to review the case and opine on the proper type of mats that should be placed in high traffic areas.

    Question(s) For Expert Witness

    • 1. Please describe your experience with commercial floor mats.
    • 2. What type of mat should be used in this type of high traffic setting?

    Expert Witness Response E-024042

    I specialize in the testing of textiles and flooring. I have tested many characteristics of mats which include mat slippage, edge curl, movement under rolling and walking traffic. The American Design Drafting Association recommends a flooring surface to be firm stable and slip resistant. If the mats do not possess these characteristics, it is not in compliance with the law. I have been involved in several similar cases and have testified in court about slip and fall cases on flooring materials.

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