All restaurant operators have a duty of care to both their staff and their guests. They need to take all reasonable steps to make sure safety legislation is followed to minimise the risk of a member of staff or a customer being injured while visiting their premises.
If a restaurant’s facilities are not correctly maintained, the proprietors expose themselves to the potential accidents that could happen. If health and safety legislation has not been met and followed, any victim of an injury in a restaurant could be entitled to claim compensation.
What Personal Injuries Can Be Caused By A Restaurant’s Negligence?
Substandard food or beverages being consumed and making the customer ill consequently.
Food poisoning caused by cooked food.
Slips, trips and falls on slippery surfaces which have not been marked with a hazard sign.
Burns caused by overheated food and food containers
Any falls which happened because of damaged flooring, poor lighting, objects left in the way, or broken furniture.
Slippery floors in toilets that have not been cleaned up.
A poorly maintained car park
These are just some of the most common restaurant claims we deal with on a regular basis. You may suffer a different type of accident on a restaurant’s premises, please contact our restaurant accident claims solicitors for advice if you are wondering if your injury qualifies for making a compensation claim.
Claiming for a restaurant accident or illness
Proving liability is essential when pursuing a compensation claim. It must be clear who is at fault for the accident, sometimes it’s obvious where the fault lies, for example if you slipped on a floor where the carpet was loose it would be reasonable to say that the restaurant was at fault because they did not fix the trip hazard or mark it as a hazard with a sign. Other times it can be more complicated, the liable party could be any of the following, the staff, another guest, the food supplier, or even the local council depending on who is responsible for the cause of the accident.
The effects of a restaurant injury
Depending on the type of injury sustained it could have long term effects on your health that requires you to take time off work to recover either at home or in hospital. It could lead to financial struggles and stress for you and your family and leave you unable to meet your financial obligations. Understanding the severity of your injury is a key factor in any compensation claim as well as understanding how likely it is to continue to impact your life in the future. Long term effects of an accident are not simply physical; it’s important to assess how it has impacted your well-being and psychological health. It can be difficult to quantify this in financial terms as part of the claims process you will have an assessment with a medical professional to discuss your individual circumstances.
If you have been injured in a restaurant we advise you to seek legal advice as soon as possible, even if you are not sure you want to go ahead, it’s worth discussing and understanding your position with a free, no-obligation consultation. We are a team of personal injury lawyers that represent our clients on a no win, no fee basis. This means that if we are not successful in winning compensation for your case you will not be responsible for any of the legal fees incurred. This makes claiming for personal injuries more accessible to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford legal advice and would be left to struggle. We work hard to make sure everyone who is entitled to claim is compensated fairly for their suffering.