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Restaurants are one of the best places to meet friends or enjoy a nice meal on your own. However, when store owners or staff fail to provide customers with a safe environment, accidents can occur. If you were injured in a restaurant accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of any damages you have incurred. If this has happened to you, please read on to learn more about your legal options going forward:

What are the most frequently-occurring types of restaurant accidents?

Restaurant accidents can happen for various reasons, however, they generally come in the following forms:

  • Burn accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Hearing damage
  • Food poisoning
  • Eye injuries
  • Cuts or slices
  • Kitchen fires
  • Soft tissue injuries

Will I qualify for compensation?

To qualify for financial compensation, you must first satisfy the burden of proof. In restaurant accidents, you are most likely suing the restaurant or property owner for failing to ensure conditions are safe for all. This is known as a premises liability lawsuit. However, proving another party’s negligence is not always easy, which is why you must hire an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury claims process.

How do I prove I was injured due to another party’s negligence?

Your attorney will obtain and present several types of evidence to prove your claim. For example, though security camera footage of the incident is generally the most efficient form of evidence, your attorney may also use witness statements, police reports, medical documents, pictures of the safety hazard or your injuries, and more.

Be very conscious of what you post on your social media accounts once you file your claim. Insurance companies may be checking to see if you post anything that contradicts your claim in some way. If you provide them with any potential evidence, they may use it against you and deny you the compensation you need to get back on your feet.

What is the statute of limitations in New York State?

The statute of limitations is the amount of time an individual has to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. In New York, you have three years from the date of your accident to sue. If you wait too long, you will most likely be denied the compensation you truly need. Do not let this happen. Reach out to our seasoned firm today.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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