In New Jersey, property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that the premises are safe for visitors at all times. This applies to restaurant owners as well. In restaurants, a number of hazards can arise. As a result, it is important that restaurant owners and employees conduct routine inspections to ensure that the property is maintained. If these inspections are not conducted, or hazards are not fixed in time, guests and staff alike can become seriously injured. If this occurs, the injured individual may have a valid premises liability case. Read on to learn more about restaurant accidents in New Jersey and what to do in the event of an injury.
How do Restaurant Accidents Occur?
Unfortunately, there are a number of ways for an accident to occur in a restaurant. Some of the most common causes of restaurant accidents include:
- Insufficient lighting, preventing individuals from seeing potential safety hazards
- Dangerous restaurant parking lots
- Food poisoning
- Slip and falls on spilled liquids
- Inadequate security
- Defective or broken stairways
- Burn injuries
If you are injured, it is important to call 911 right away. Additionally, some individuals attempt to recover from their injuries at home, without the help of a doctor. This can be dangerous, as it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. In some cases, an injury will not heal correctly without proper medical attention.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to adhere to the statute of limitations. In New Jersey, you will generally have two years from the date of the accident to file your personal injury claim. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve to recover. Two years may seem like a long time, but when you are recovering from a serious injury, it is easy to let important deadlines slip by.
If you have been injured in a restaurant accident, our firm will fight for you. Reach out to our firm to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.
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If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. CONTACT US TODAY!