Restaurants are supposed to be a place of mirth. They’re a source of good memories and delicious meals.
But the unfortunate reality is they can also be the source of personal injury lawsuits.
If you suffered an injury in a restaurant, you may have grounds to file such a personal injury lawsuit and receive the justice and compensation you are owed.
Even if the injury seemed completely accidental, the restaurant may still be at fault for creating an unsafe environment for its patrons.
Let’s take a look at what steps you should take if you’re injured in a restaurant.
The Best Approach After Being Injured At A Restaurant
As with any injury, the most important step is to ensure your health and safety. Immediately get to safety and, if necessary, seek medical attention.
There are a wide variety of ways to become injured in a restaurant. Circumstances can be as varied as burning yourself due to a spilled meal to being assaulted by a staff member or patron.
In the event you are physically assaulted, contact authorities immediately. If it was simply an accident, evaluate if you need attention from paramedics.
If you are still in the restaurant, you can collect some important information, such as the restaurant’s name, the owner’s name, information on the restaurant’s insurance agency, and any contact details.
You can also take this opportunity to document with photos from where the accident happened, as well as record the contact details of anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
After leaving the restaurant, seek medical attention to get a full assessment of your injuries and to receive any treatment necessary.
Once your health has been checked out, it’s time to get a personal injury lawyer.
Assessing Your Case With A Personal Injury Lawyer
If the restaurant was at fault for your injury, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
One of the primary responsibilities of a restaurant is providing a safe environment for their patrons. If the restaurant’s negligence resulted in an unsafe environment, they may be liable for your injuries.
Common accidents include tripping and falling due to poor lighting, uneven flooring, slick surfaces, or other circumstances caused by the negligence of the restaurant’s managers and staff.
While there are many circumstances which can lead to liability, your case is likely to be dismissed unless it resulted in a serious injury to you, or was an extreme example of negligence on the restaurant’s part.
To assess the viability of your case, the best strategy is to schedule a consultation with a personal injury lawyer.
With a free initial consultation, you’ll have a chance to sit down and explain the details of your case. If the attorney believes you have a viable case, they can represent you on a commission basis, meaning you pay nothing out of pocket.
That means you have absolutely nothing to lose by scheduling a free consultation and getting the ball rolling on your personal injury claim!
What are common causes of injuries in restaurants?
The most common causes of injuries in restaurants are hot stoves and liquids. They cause burns, some of which are serious. Next on the list is sharp objects. Deep cuts from tin edges, knives and other types of kitchen equipment are not uncommon. Trips and falls are also an issue. Most of the time the workers who are injured are entitled to compensation, which is why many of them choose to get in touch with personal injury lawyers like us.
If I get injured inside a restaurant, can I file for compensation?
If you are injured inside a restaurant, you can usually file for compensation. All business owners are responsible for the safety of their customers and staff while they are on the premises. You should seek treatment for your injuries and ask a friend to take photos and gather other evidence. As soon as you can, speak to a personal injury lawyer to find out how to claim your compensation.
If I get assaulted in a restaurant, can I sue the restaurant?
Potentially, if you get assaulted in a restaurant you can sue. In particular, if it is a member of staff who attacks you. Or, a drunk customer, someone who is clearly under the influence of drugs or another guest that is behaving aggressively. In all of those situations, the restaurant may be held liable because they did not take sufficient action to neutralize the danger. Speak to Diamond & Diamond to find out if you can claim.