I was injured at a restaurant. Can I make a claim?

I was injured at a restaurant. Can I make a claim?

Published on 21 December 2023
Last updated on 7 March 2024

Restaurants are establishments where patrons should expect not only quality food and service but also a safe environment. Unfortunately, incidents of injuries in these settings are not uncommon, with causes ranging from faulty furniture to negligent service. When such incidents occur, victims may be left wondering about their rights and the possibility of seeking compensation. This article delves into the intricacies of restaurant injury claims, illustrated by two distinct case studies.

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1. The Responsibility of Restaurants to Ensure Patron Safety

Restaurant owners and staff have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of their patrons. This duty of care includes maintaining the premises, ensuring furniture is in good condition, properly training staff, and adhering to health and safety regulations. When this duty is breached, resulting in injury to a patron, the restaurant may be held liable, and the victim may have grounds for a compensation claim.

2. Case Study 1: Chair Collapse at Hungry Jack’s

Pierre Matouk’s unfortunate experience at a Hungry Jack’s restaurant in western Sydney highlights the dire consequences of neglecting furniture maintenance. After a chair collapsed beneath him, resulting in a severe back injury, Mr. Matouk pursued legal action and was awarded $35,000 in damages. The incident underscored the importance of regular inspections and maintenance of restaurant furniture, as well as the restaurant’s liability in ensuring the safety of their seating arrangements.

The ruling judge quoted from a civil engineer’s report of the outdoor seating area which noted the “unusually haphazard and somewhat eclectic methods” used to assemble the chairs. The judge said the accident could have been avoided if staff at the store had regularly checked the stability of the chairs.

3. Case Study 2: A Catastrophic Mistake with Oven Cleaner

Amanda Merrifield’s life was irrevocably changed when she was served industrial-strength oven cleaner instead of vinegar at a restaurant, resulting in catastrophic internal injuries and constant pain. Five years after the incident, Ms. Merrifield continues her fight for compensation, seeking justice for the negligence that led to her suffering.

4. Pursuing a Claim: Your Legal Rights and Options

If you have sustained an injury in a restaurant due to faulty furniture, negligence, or any other breach of duty of care, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim. Establishing your case will require proving the restaurant’s negligence and demonstrating how it directly resulted in your injuries.

Navigating the legal aspects of a personal injury claim can be complex, but you do not have to do it alone. Ascent Lawyers specializes in personal injury claims, providing expert legal support to ensure your rights are protected. Our team is dedicated to helping you secure the compensation you deserve, holding restaurants accountable for their duty of care.

Contact Ascent Lawyers today to discuss your case and take the first step towards justice and compensation. We are here to guide you through the legal process, ensuring your voice is heard and your rights are upheld.

5. Conclusion

Restaurant injury claims require a thorough understanding of your legal rights and the complexities involved in these cases. Ascent Lawyers offers dedicated legal support to navigate these claims, ensuring that your rights are represented and your voice is heard. With our free initial consultation and No Win No Fee policy, we provide the necessary assistance to achieve fair compensation. Reach out to us for professional legal guidance in your pursuit of justice.

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