In California, if you’re injured in a restaurant due to negligence, carelessness, or the intentional act of another party, you may be able to file a lawsuit for compensation. Even in cases in which the restaurant was not negligent, you may still have a legal claim if the injury occurred on restaurant property.
This type of personal injury case falls under premises liability law which holds the owner of the property liable for injuries that are sustained by an individual while on restaurant property. In essence, property owners have a duty to ensure the safety of all visitors while on their property.
In order to have a successful premises liability lawsuit, the injured person must be able to prove that:
- The property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition
- The property owner failed to repair and/or issue a warning about the danger
- The dangerous condition caused the injury
Restaurant owners have a “duty of care” to customers to keep their property in good repair, to follow all state and local safety regulations, and to warn their customers about any dangerous conditions that may exist. Their property includes the kitchen, dining room, waiting areas, restrooms, and entrances as well as parking lots and sidewalks.
If you were injured at a restaurant, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Costs of continued medical and/or rehabilitative treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
The most common types of restaurant injuries
Some of the most common types of restaurant injuries include:
- Slip and fall
- Food poisoning
- Puncture wounds
Not all restaurant injuries occur as the result of an accident. When an individual intentionally injures or harms a patron, the person who caused the injury or harm may be held liable for assault and battery.
Who is responsible?
In the state of California, a person can file a personal injury lawsuit against anyone who may have been at fault for an accident at a restaurant that resulted in his or her injuries. Defendants in a restaurant accident claim may include:
- Restaurant owner
- Restaurant manager
- Parent company
- Wait staff
- Other restaurant employees
- Security staff
- Third-party supplier of food or supplies
- Other customers
If you’ve been injured while patronizing a restaurant, you may be wondering is it worth it to hire a personal injury attorney? In these types of cases, proving negligence can be difficult because several elements have to be present:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
You have to have evidence that shows that the cause of your injury was foreseeable by the owner or manager, negligence was involved and was the direct cause of your injury, and that significant damages were the result.
Gathering all the evidence needed to prove your case, building that case, and navigating the legal system can all be very challenging which is why you should enlist the services of a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney who is committed to achieving the compensation that you deserve.
Contact Roberts | Jeandron Law, personal injury attorneys serving all of Southern California, to get the legal help you need.
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