A modern restaurant with black tables and chairs, set with menus, napkins, and small potted plants in the center. The bar area is in the background, along with refrigerators stocked with drinks. The ambiance is cozy with wooden and industrial elements.

There are few accidents more surprising and aggravating than those sustained while trying to eat a nice meal with friends or family. Unfortunately, more people are injured in NY restaurant accidents every year than you may think, and if you are one of them, you must continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Westchester County personal injury attorneys to learn more about restaurant accidents and how our firm can help you through every step of the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common types of restaurant accident injuries in NY?

Our firm sees a wide array of restaurant injuries, though they most commonly come as a result of restaurant owner or staff negligence. Oftentimes, we see burn injuries, food poisoning, injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents due to spills left unattended, dim lighting preventing customers from seeing safety hazards, or even faulty stairs.

What should I do after being injured in a restaurant accident in New York State?

If you are injured in a restaurant, you will have to take several steps to document the accident to bolster your chances of winning a future personal injury claim. Those steps are as follows:

  1. Notify the restaurant owner of the accident. He or she should file an incident report.
  2. Call the police to the scene of the accident.
  3. Ask anyone who saw your accident for their contact information.
  4. Take pictures of the unsafe condition that caused your accident.
  5. Receive all medical documentation/bills regarding your injuries.
  6. Retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney who can gather and present all evidence needed to prove that the property owner knew or should have reasonably known about the unsafe conditions, failed to fix them, and that you were injured and incurred significant damages as a result.

What is the statute of limitations for premises liability claims in New York State?

The statute of limitations for premises liability claims in New York State is, generally, three years, which means that under most circumstances, you will have three years from the date of your accident to sue the party responsible. Do not make the mistake of waiting any longer than three years to sue, for if you do, you will most likely be permanently time-barred from suing. Our firm can begin the claims process on your behalf today–all you have to do is ask.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence 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.