Food Injuries & Restaurant Liability
There are many restaurants and similar establishments in the Bonney Lake area, serving up all-American food, sushi, Mexican or Thai cuisine, and more. Whether you are grabbing a quick sandwich to go or settling in at a pub for a sporting event, you likely are not thinking about the risks of possible injury while you visit a restaurant. However, many accidents can happen in restaurants, and in many cases, the restaurant could be to blame.
If you sustain any type of injury in a restaurant, you should not wait to learn about your legal rights. Contact Anderson Law, PLLC, directly to learn how a Bonney Lake food injury and restaurant liability lawyer can help.
The following are only some examples of common accident and injury claims involving restaurant liability.
We primarily visit restaurants to order and eat food of all varieties, and we trust that restaurants will safely store and prepare the food that they serve to patrons. However, not all restaurants comply with health and safety regulations, or employees might make a simple mistake. Regardless of the cause, food-related negligence can result in serious cases of food poisoning.
Serious cases of food poisoning might need professional medical care, including possible hospitalization. Some people might experience lasting complications from food poisoning, including kidney failure, chronic arthritis, nerve damage, and more.
Slip and Falls
Restaurants have many moving parts, and there are often numerous staff members moving around food, drinks, napkins, utensils, and other items across the restaurant space on a regular basis. It is all too easy for something to spill or fall to the ground, posing a risk for patrons to slip and fall.
Restaurants have a duty to keep the premises safe, and this includes regularly inspecting for possible hazards and addressing them right away. If something cannot be repaired immediately, the restaurant should provide proper warnings to customers so they can be cautious to avoid harm. For example, if staff members mop the floors, they should provide warning of wet and slippery flooring until it completely dries.
Slip and falls in restaurants can result in serious injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Contusions and lacerations
- Hip fractures
When you think about restaurants and burn injuries, you likely think about chefs getting injured in the kitchen while working. However, if you’ve ever had a plate of still-sizzling fajitas delivered to your table, you know that plates can be overly hot, which can lead to burns. Restaurant servers might also accidentally spill hot beverages on patrons, which can be painful and need medical attention.
If you work at a restaurant, you might suffer a burn injury due to defective equipment. In this situation, you might have a third-party claim against the negligent equipment manufacturer.
Dram Shop Claims
Washington is one of many states that have dram shop laws in place. These laws hold restaurants and bars liable for injuries caused by overserved patrons. These establishments are not supposed to serve alcohol to anyone who is apparently under the influence already. When patrons are overserved, they might cause injuries in a number of ways, including drunk driving accidents, assault, or even accidents caused by clumsiness due to intoxication, such as knocking over a stool and hitting someone else. If you can show the patron was overserved, you can hold the restaurant liable for your injuries as well.
Holding Restaurants Liable for Injuries and Losses
Restaurants should have insurance policies providing coverage for losses to injured patrons. An attorney can help you determine where to file your claim and communicate with the insurance company on your behalf. Often, it takes negotiating to obtain the full settlement you need to cover your medical bills and other losses.
If the insurance company will not make a fair settlement offer, we can file a personal injury lawsuit against the restaurant itself. We handle every step of the litigation process, so the restaurant responsible for your injuries is held fully liable for your losses.
Consult with a Bonney Lake Food Injury/Restaurant Liability Lawyer
At Anderson Law, PLLC, we represent clients in the Bonney Lake area who suffered injuries for various reasons, including food poisoning and other accidents in restaurants. We know how to hold companies responsible for the injuries they cause, and we will fight for your rights to the full amount of compensation you deserve. Call 253-862-1811 or contact us online for a free case evaluation and to learn more about our legal services.