The Personal Injuries at Restaurants

Your plan to have a nice meal out with you friends and family doesn’t always turn out so pleasant. Maybe someone gets a little too loud after too many drinks, maybe the table gets riled up over politics (because that’s all anyone of us talk about anymore!) or, worse case, someone gets hurt at the restaurant.
There are so many injuries that can occur at restaurants which you may have legal recourse for. Here are some of the most common:

Slip & Falls

Whether it is in the bathroom, in an aisle, or waiting by the entrance on a rainy day, restaurants are a hotbed for slippage. Drinks, food, rain, snow, or cleaning products – these accidents occur often at restaurants. Fast food chains can also be problematic because the service is supposed to be so “fast,” taking care of the premises if often neglected.

Food Poisoning

You can sue a restaurant for food poisoning if you can show evidence that the food directly caused you to get sick, and thus you suffered harm. You may even have claims against the parties who distributed, sold, or grew the food. Some common types of food poisoning are:

Fish poisoning
Staph Infection
E. Coli

Hot Plate!

Waiters warn you the plate is hot for a reason – to protect you and themselves. Restaurant food is served at 120-130 degrees or higher. Hot food or beverages at 140 degrees on the skin can rapidly result in third-degree burns.

Chopped Choppers

Can you imagine breaking a tooth while out at a restaurant? It happens; and it is a painful enormous intrusion on your life to get repaired quickly. No one wants to walk around with a broken tooth, let’s be honest. The damage could ultimately be very costly to fix.


Next time you go into a restaurant, notice the sign on how to help someone who is choking. It is there because it is such a frequent occurrence; according to the National Restaurant Council, more than 3,000 people die each year from choking while eating at restaurants. The reason restaurants are often at fault in choking situations is because no one administers CPR or calls emergency immediately. Failure to give timely aid can lead to brain damage and/or death.

Employees’ Getting Hurt on the Job

When restaurant employees get hurt at work, for the above reasons or another, they may have has a workers compensation claim. The employee may also have a personal injury claim against a third party depending on what was involved in the incident that led to the injury.

We hope this didn’t put you in fear of eating out, but rather just a little more careful the next time you hit your favorite bistro or diner – enjoy!

If you’ve been injured at a restaurant, speak to a lawyer at , Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh. Come in for a free case review. We believe better experience equals better results. Let us show you how by scheduling an appointment at [email protected].


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