Recovering Compensation After a Restaurant Accident in Pennsylvania

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October 16, 2019
Legally Reviewed By Attorney Rand Spear, Esq.

For many people, the idea of a nice outing involves going out to eat. In Pennsylvania, there are numerous different places for residents and tourists to eat depending on their cravings of the day. While attending lunch or dinner, people usually do not consider the possibility of becoming injured. However, it is very possible for an accident to happen at a restaurant that results in serious injuries. When in this situation, injured parties often want to pursue legal action to hold the restaurant responsible for their suffering. In doing so, it is important to retain the services of an experienced attorney to assist your case.

Common Restaurant Accidents

Restaurant accidents are more common than most people would think. When handling these situations, it is important to understand premises liability law. This law holds property owners responsible for the conditions of their grounds. It requires establishments, such as restaurants, liable in the event that their premises is unsafe and causes injuries to others. If a restaurant owner does not take care of their property, it can result in the following accidents:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Tripping accidents
  • Food poisoning
  • Spilled hot liquids or foods
  • Falls due to unstable seats

Proving Negligence

When a person is injured in an accident due to another party, they often want to seek justice for their suffering. After a restaurant accident, this can be accomplished by filing a personal injury claim to hold the establishment liable. In order to be successful, the injured party is required to prove that the owner was negligent. This can be done by showing that the restaurant owner knew, or should have reasonably known, about the dangerous condition that led to the accident and failed to correct the issue.

If an injured person wants to pursue legal action, it is important to know that there is a deadline for doing so. In the state of Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident. If successful, the injured party may be able to receive significant compensation. This is provided to cover any damages, economic and non-economic, that stem from the accident.

Contact our Firm

If you or a loved one has been injured at a food establishment in Pennsylvania, it’s important that you contact an experienced restaurant accident lawyer to help you with your case and to make sure that you are not taken advantage of. Contact Spear Greenfield to get the right attorney in your corner.