Restaurants are generally places of mirth, where friends and families can sit down and enjoy a meal together. However, as a restaurant employee, you are expected to work long hours, where you rarely get a chance to sit. Despite the number of hard-working restaurant employees in New York City, restaurant employers are very often careless and fail to ensure their establishment is safe for all who occupy it. When this happens, accidents can occur, often causing very serious injuries.

If you are someone who was injured in a restaurant accident, there is a very good chance you are now looking into recovering compensation to help pay for any of the damages you have incurred. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process going forward:

What are the most common types of restaurant accidents?

Restaurant accidents can be caused by several different factors, however, they almost always stem from negligence. Slip and fall injuries are extremely common, and they usually occur when freshly-mopped or spilled-on floors go unattended without a “wet floor” sign present. Additionally, restaurant employees are prone to burns and electrocutions from improperly-functioning kitchen appliances, or even exposure to toxic materials. Whatever the cause of your accident, you must speak with an experienced attorney as soon as you can.

How do I recover compensation after a restaurant accident?

To recover financial compensation following a restaurant accident, you and your attorney will have to satisfy the burden of proof by demonstrating that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Your attorney will use security camera footage of your accident, pictures of the safety hazard that caused your accident, witness statements verifying your claim, police reports, and more. You should also make it a point to seek medical assistance after your accident, as a physician will provide you with the medical documentation you need to prove the extent of your injuries.

What is the statute of limitations in New York?

The statute of limitations is the legally acceptable amount of time you have to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. Essentially, in New York State, the statute of limitations is three years, so you will have three years from the date of your accident to file a claim against a negligent party.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.