Making Sense of a Restaurant Accident in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
When venturing out to eat, the intent is to enjoy a nice meal without issue, but accidents can happen in restaurants. It is the responsibility of the restaurant employees to be attentive and ensure that there are no hazards that could injure a patron. When this negligence causes a serious accident that results in physical, mental, or financial damages, it is important for the injured party to consider their legal options.
At Spear Greenfield, we understand the devastation following an injury and provide personal injury victims with a free consultation. This meeting lets us learn about what happened and give you advice on your alternatives. We never pressure you, and there’s no obligation — we simply give you our experienced legal perspective. You can call us at 1-800-90-LEGAL 24/7 to speak with a knowledgeable team member or request your appointment using our online form.
Exploring Legal Remedies After a Restaurant Accident
When an accident happens due to negligence, the victim can file a personal injury claim. The goal of doing so is to hold a party accountable for behaving negligently. The easiest way to prove negligence is with evidence. Items like medical records, visual proof, and witness reports help make a case. An injury claim requires an injured person to prove negligence by showing two connecting factors, which are:
- The restaurant owner knew or should have reasonably known about the hazard that caused the accident
- The owner failed to correct the known issue.
Spear Greenfield leads personal injury clients through the legalities to get them the compensation they deserve. Let our experienced attorneys fight for your best interests and guide you through the legal process. Read on for more information, including the next steps to take.
Sources of Restaurant Accidents
Restaurant accident causes can vary, and numerous situations can cause a restaurant accident. Each accident type can cause a wide range of injuries, from minor cuts to severe, life-altering disabilities. Some of the types of restaurant accidents or causes of restaurant accidents that our firm has assisted clients in handling are listed below.
Slip and Falls
Parking lot accidents
In many ways, restaurant accidents are similar to all slip and fall cases, because there are nuances with each case, such as determining the party liable for your injuries, accessing types of injuries along with the injury extent, and collecting the evidence necessary for proving a party’s negligence led to a restaurant accident. To expand on the details surrounding these topics, please click on the link below.
Proving Liability For Injuries At Restaurants
When the victims of restaurant accidents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey decide that they want to take legal action against the restaurant that was negligent and caused their injuries, they must fulfill the burden of proof. Fulfilling this proof means that the injured party must prove that the restaurant’s negligence caused their injuries. As mentioned above, obtaining evidence is the most effective way to fulfill the burden of proof. Key forms of evidence include:
- Visual evidence, like videos or pictures, especially those showing the conditions that caused the accident
- Surveillance footage
- Contact information from witnesses that witnessed the accident.
While evidence fulfills the burden of proof, the other critical factor is whether a hazard should have been apparent to and attended to by the property owner or manager. Complex cases should involve an attorney, and even straightforward ones benefit from having a lawyer. Read more about the advantages of hiring a law firm and the effects it can have on your payouts by clicking the link below.
Types of Damages Awards After a Restaurant Accident
Experiencing an accident in a restaurant exposes you to physical, financial, and emotional challenges. Our goal is to secure you full and just payment for those issues. Typical restaurant accident compensation comes in two types — financial and nonfinancial.
Just as it sounds, financial damages include those directly related to money. These awards include payment for lost wages, property damage, and medical care.
Nonfinancial awards are challenging to tie a specific dollar value to, like experiencing joy in life and the emotional results of an accident.
Medical expenses often make up a large portion of financial challenges following a restaurant accident. Accurate documentation of your injuries is crucial to your case because medical professionals help assess the degree of damage and recovery process.
Some injuries can be more common and others more serious, like:
Cuts and scrapes
Injuries to soft tissue, like a sprain or bruise
Brain or head injuries
Injuries to the spine or spinal cord
The lawyers at Spear Greenfield can help you get the medical treatment and evaluations you need, regardless of how minor an injury may seem at first. We have more than three decades of advising Philadelphia and New Jersey personal injury victims. Our family-owned firm treats you as just that — a member of our family whose claim deserves our time and attention. Click on the link below to learn more about what working with us is like.
Why Choose Spear Greenfield?
Restaurant accidents can range from mild to serious, but the damages caused by an accident could deter your life. This makes the consideration of hiring a strong legal team essential! The strength of Spear Greenfield is represented in our desire to go the distance! Our firm has experienced trial lawyers and the available resources to take a case to trial when necessary to achieve the greatest compensation. We will not sell you short by settling for an inferior amount. We fight for our clients and their desire for justice and compensation. Below are some additional reasons to choose Spear Greenfield.
- Restaurant accidents can cause devastating injuries for our clients. Due to our robust portfolio of medical contacts, Spear Greenfield does not shy away from these extreme personal injury cases. No matter the injury severity, our law firm will connect you with a medical professional to provide you with the necessary treatment and documentation.
- With a team of attorneys that accounts for over 200 years of experience and a legal staff willing to go the distance, the success of Spear Greenfield over 30 years is not surprising. Our law firm has been so successful that we have won a total of half a billion dollars for our clients!
- Spear Greenfield is recognized for a client-centered approach, which may be due to the law firm being a family-owned business. We respect the importance of family, so when you sign on as a client for Spear Greenfield, we welcome you into our family. This means our staff will be dedicated to your case and will work hard to help you achieve justice and compensation!
See more about what makes us different by following the link below!
Types of Vehicle Accident Compensation
All accident victims have the right to compensation for the hardships related to their injuries. However, without counsel, few people realize the types of payments a judge might award. Here are the primary examples:
- Medical bills: These include costs for future and past medical bills. Rehabilitation charges, office visits, surgeries, treatment and disability costs are some of the damages a victim can recover.
- Lost wages: A vehicle accident can cause a victim to miss time at work. These absences can directly impact a victim’s ability to earn a living and pay living expenses. Any settlement or judgment should reimburse lost wages.
- Loss of future earnings: When injuries result in long-term damage or a disability, an accident victim may not have the capability to work in their chosen field. In this case, a victim can request payment for lost future earnings.
- Property damage: Vehicle accidents often cause considerable property damage. These losses can include damage to a vehicle and other personal belongings in the vehicle like laptops, cell phones, car seats or other accessories. If a crash results in a complete loss, sometimes the total value of the vehicle is recoverable.
- Pain and suffering: This is a type of noneconomic damage a victim can seek. This type of compensation covers more difficult losses to quantify, including pain, suffering and emotional distress.
- Punitive damages: A judge can sometimes order punitive damages. This type of compensation is rare, as they seek to punish the negligent driver for their actions.