Claiming compensation for an accident in a restaurant
When you make a reservation for a meal out, the last thing on your mind is usually being injured in an accident at your chosen venue. A meal out is usually a treat at the end of the month, or could be to celebrate a romantic occasion or a work success. Or it could be time to catch up with friends and family over some good food. The last thing anybody expects is to suffer injuries after an accident in a restaurant, but accidents and injuries can and do happen.
Whilst you may not hear much about the injuries that could be sustained from an accident in a restaurant, they can occur easily and frequently. Nobody wants to focus on the negative possibilities everywhere they go, but being aware of the types of accidents that could occur in a restaurant could help you to avoid them. For example, you’ll certainly want to know how to avoid food poisoning in a restaurant setting. Many people don’t realise that they could make a claim for compensation after suffering from food poisoning, and this is something that Accident Advice Helpline can help you with.
Have you been ill after eating out?
If you’ve been injured in a restaurant or have become unwell, you’ll need to access treatment for injuries sustained from an accident in a restaurant. Whilst you could have suffered a physical injury, as a result of a fall or a burn, for example, you may also be suffering from an illness, such as food poisoning. Although food poisoning is unpleasant, it can be dangerous as well so it’s important to seek medical help. In some cases, severe food poisoning can be life threatening so you may need to access help quickly, rather than waiting until your condition deteriorates.
Food poisoning is especially dangerous for the elderly, very young children or anybody who is already unwell or recovering from an illness. Dehydration can quickly set in due to vomiting and diarrhoea, which could result in hospitalisation for treatment. Even if you have made a full recovery after your food poisoning, you could be eligible to claim compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings.
Who’s to blame if you are ill after a meal out?
If you are injured in an accident in a restaurant or become ill from food poisoning, it’s important to let the restaurant management know. In many cases, they will be held responsible if you later decide to make a personal injury claim. They may wish to avoid this happening and may offer some form of compensation to you – of course, it’s entirely up to you whether you wish to accept this or whether you want to proceed with a personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline. Restaurants have a duty of care towards their customers to keep them safe, and if they are serving food which has not been prepared in a hygienic environment, the result could be illness for you and dozens of other customers.
Will you be making a claim for compensation?
If you suffer an injury or illness that wasn’t your fault, you can often make a claim for compensation and this is true if you’ve been unwell or hurt when eating in a restaurant. Providing you’re able to show that you weren’t responsible for your illness or injury and that you received medical help, you should be eligible to obtain compensation for the harm you’ve suffered. Of course, you’ll need to know who is liable for an accident in a restaurant before you start your claim but, if you’re unsure, we can help you to access this information. If you are concerned about food hygiene in a restaurant then you can report them to your local environmental health department at the council, who may carry out an investigation. They have the power to close the premises if they feel that members of the public are being put at risk due to poor food hygiene.
How have you been injured?
Injuries sustained after an accident in a restaurant can be more serious than food poisoning, or could be very minor indeed. You could sprain your ankle after slipping on a wet floor where food or drink has been spilt, suffer lacerations from damaged seating or tables or even be injured in the restaurant bathrooms after tripping on damaged flooring. Burns and scalds are fairly common injuries in restaurants, and if you have suffered a burn or a scald after an accident in a restaurant, you may need emergency medical attention. Serious burns (for example from burning hot dishes or hot food spillages) may even need surgery and could lead to permanent scarring. Lacerations from broken glass or crockery could be minor or could be more serious, requiring medical treatment and stitches.
Getting help from Accident Advice Helpline
Claiming compensation for an accident in a restaurant doesn’t have to be difficult, particularly if you choose to make a claim with us. We’ll do everything we can to provide the help you need and this includes providing free no-obligation advice and working with you on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis. As you won’t have to pay any upfront fees when you take legal action, you won’t have to worry about the cost of making a claim for an accident in a restaurant.
To find out more now, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile and speak to our personal injury team today. If you would like an idea of how much compensation you could be eligible to receive, you can take our easy 30-second test – but remember that this is only a rough estimate, as your actual personal injury settlement will take a number of different factors into account. Our experienced personal injury advisors are on hand to answer any questions that you have about the claims process, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. It’s unlikely that you will have to go to court, as most claims can be processed in full over the phone.
Date Published: 31st July 2016
Author: Lynne Bell