Restaurant Liability in Pennsylvania | What You Need to Know

There are few things worse than sustaining a serious injury while simply trying to enjoy a nice meal with friends or family. Unfortunately, in Pennsylvania, this happens more than you may think. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about restaurant accidents, what to do after being injured in one, and how we can help you through every step of the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common injuries sustained restaurant accidents?

There are various potential causes of restaurant accidents, though they are generally due to negligent restaurant management or staff. Some of the most common injuries we see are burns, food poisonings, slip and falls due to spills left unattended, trip and falls on unsafe stairwells, and even trip and falls due to dim lighting that prevents individuals from seeing potential safety hazards.

What should I do if I am injured in a restaurant?

If you are injured in a restaurant, you should begin documenting the incident immediately. You should do the following if possible:

  1. Notify the restaurant owner of the accident. He or she should file an incident report.
  2. Call the police. They will also send an ambulance.
  3. Ask any witnesses of your accident for their name, email, and phone number.
  4. Take pictures of the unsafe conditions that caused your accident.
  5. Ask your doctor for all medical documentation/bills regarding your injuries.
  6. Hire an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who can gather and present all additional evidence needed to prove your personal injury claim.

How long can I wait to sue a restaurant for an injury in Pennsylvania?

Oftentimes, after being injured, people will wait to sue the party responsible because they do not want to get caught up in the legal process of filing a personal injury claim. Unfortunately, this decision oftentimes comes back to haunt the wrongly injured individual, as there is a statute of limitations in place in Pennsylvania that regulates how long individuals can wait to sue someone for an injury. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania is, generally, two years, you will, generally, have two years from the date of your accident to sue the party responsible for your injuries. If you wait too long, you may be barred from suing. Our firm is ready to begin the claims process on your behalf today–all you have to do is ask.


Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

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