Restaurant Liability in Pennsylvania

The state of Pennsylvania offers a variety of different places to eat for residents and visitors to attend. This can include restaurants, bars, grills, eateries, diners, and more. When people go out to eat and drink with friends or family, it is intended to be a nice and joyful time. Typically, restaurants are not associated with accidents. However, it is still possible for an accident to happen in a restaurant that disrupts the experience and can lead to significant injuries. In the event of this, it is important to be aware of a restaurant’s liability before pursuing legal action.

Common Restaurant Accidents

Accidents can happen anywhere. While people may not think so, they can even occur at restaurants. When dealing with restaurant accidents, it is important to be aware of premises liability law. Premises liability law comes into play with personal injury cases in which someone was injured due to unsafe property conditions. This requires establishments such as restaurants to take the proper precautions to ensure their grounds are safe for guests. In the event that they are not, the following accidents can occur and injure those dining:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Tripping accidents
  • Food poisoning
  • Spilled hot liquids or foods
  • Falls due to unstable seats

Proving Negligence

After being involved in a restaurant accident, injured parties often wish to hold the establishment liable for any suffering they endure. This can be done by filing a personal injury claim that exists to hold the restaurant responsible for negligence. It is important to know that in order to prove negligence, the injured party must prove that the restaurant owner knew, or should have reasonably known, about the hazard that caused their injuries and failed to remedy the situation. 

It is important to know that there is a two-year statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim in the state of Pennsylvania. This is a deadline that, if not met, the injured party may no longer be able to pursue legal action against the restaurant. If the individual is successful in proving negligence, they may be able to receive significant compensation. This exists to cover any damages relating to the accident and the injuries sustained. 

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