A busy restaurant kitchen with cooks wearing white uniforms and hats preparing food. One cook stands in the foreground while others work in the background, handling plates and ingredients under hanging lights. The kitchen has stainless steel surfaces.

Our state is chock full of fantastic dining establishments. People go to restaurants to enjoy meals with their friends, family, or even by themselves. Unfortunately, if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, you may have been involved in a restaurant accident. Those injured in these accidents are seldom to blame, which is why they will generally seek financial compensation to help cover the cost of their medical bills, lost wages, in-home care, and more. If you find yourself in this situation, 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 can be caused by any number of factors, including:

  • Slippery floors
  • Malfunctioning kitchen equipment
  • Chemical exposure
  • Food poisoning
  • Heavy lifting accidents

These can all cause serious injuries, including:

  • Head trauma
  • Psychological trauma
  • Burns
  • Sprains
  • Fractured bones
  • Twisted knees
  • Cuts and lacerations

How do I know if I will win my lawsuit?

Individuals win personal injury claims because they can satisfy the burden of proof. In other words, to win your claim, you and your attorney will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence.

How do I prove another party’s negligence in a personal injury claim?

To satisfy the burden of proof, your attorney must uncover and present various types of evidence. For example, though security camera footage is generally the best way to prove a claim, there may not be any available. From here, your attorney will have to use witness statements, police reports, medical documents, and more to prove your claim. Sometimes, attorneys will have to get creative to win a claim, which is why you must hire a competent attorney who can handle a variety of situations.

What is the statute of limitations in New York State?

The statute of limitations is the legally-acceptable window of time that you have to file a personal injury claim. In New York State, you have three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. If you wait too long, you may be barred from filing, which is why you cannot afford to wait. Reach out to our seasoned firm as soon as you can.

Contact our Westchester County firm

Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of neglect in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.