Most of us have had the experience of eating out at one time or another. You may have your favourite restaurants, of course, but you’ve probably also eaten out at other venues as well. The one thing you would expect all of them to have under control is health and safety. Every public venue has a clear duty to make sure everyone in that venue is safe, and does not have to worry about having an accident.
Having an accident in a restaurant does not automatically open the way to make a compensation claim. However, if you were hurt in a restaurant and it happened in the last three years, it is certainly worth your while to find out more about where you stand. This holds true regardless of whether you were seriously injured or only sustained minor injuries.
Proof of negligence
This is among the most important elements of such a claim. You must be able to prove that another party was guilty of negligence, and that negligence was the element that led to you being hurt in a restaurant. For instance, you may have been hurt while slipping over in a spillage on a hard-surfaced floor. This can make the floor slippery, and such an instance should result in yellow warning signs being erected to notify people of this.
Similarly, if you were hurt in a restaurant because you were shown to a seat that was not in good condition and broke when you sat on it, this could lead to injuries for you. It could also prove the restaurant owner was negligent in continuing to use chairs that were not in proper condition to be used as such.
Consider your expenses
Regardless of how your restaurant accident occurred, it is important to consider all incidental costs when working out the likelihood of making a claim. For example, any costs you incur in travelling to and from medical appointments should be kept – receipts will prove the amount you spent in these situations.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to provide no-obligation advice, but before calling us on 0800 689 0500, you may wish to try our online test. It takes just 30 seconds to complete, and will provide an almost-instantaneous answer as to the likelihood of winning any compensation claim you should make on a no win, no fee* basis.
Date Published: March 6, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Accident in a restaurant