Restaurants are one of the best places to meet friends, a significant other, or even just to relax and enjoy a meal by yourself. Generally, going to a restaurant is a stress-free affair–you don’t have to cook, and though you may have to throw your plate away, you don’t have to clean either. Unfortunately, at times, if improperly maintained or staffed, restaurants can actually become very dangerous. If you have been injured in a restaurant accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What are the most common types of restaurant accidents?
Restaurant accidents, unfortunately, can be very severe, leaving people feeling helpless and in need of financial assistance for their recovery. Some of the most common types of restaurant accidents are as follows:
- Slip and falls
- Kitchen fires
- Food poisoning
- Soft tissue injuries
- Eye injuries
- Hearing damage
Do I qualify for compensation?
To qualify for financial compensation, you must first satisfy the burden of proof. This means, rather simply, that you will have to prove you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, this is very often easier said than done, so you must hire an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury claims process. Generally, when suing a restaurant, you are filing a premises liability lawsuit. This means you must prove you were injured at the hands of a negligent property or store owner.
How do I prove another party’s negligence in a personal injury claim?
Your attorney will use several types of evidence to prove your claim. For example, your attorney will try to recover security camera footage of your accident, eyewitness statements, pictures of the safety hazard that caused your accident, medical documents, police reports, and more.
What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?
The statute of limitations in New Jersey is two years, which means you will have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim against a negligent party. You must not wait, for if you wait too long, you will most likely be barred from suing. Do not let the insurance companies take advantage of your situation. Take action today.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.