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Chicago Personal Injury Blog

Restaurant Related Injuries

by Jared Staver in Personal Injury

Everyone loves dining out, but this favorite past time can be a hazard if restaurant proprietors have not taken the proper measures to ensure the safety of their customers. You may not realize it, but restaurants can harbor a variety of potential dangers. Learn what to look out for so you can keep you and your loved ones safe at your next meal, and if you’ve suffered a restaurant related injury, call our offices at (312) 236-2900 to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney.

Common Dangers

  • Slipping and Tripping Hazards. Restaurants are crowded and busy places with limited floor space and people constantly transporting liquid and other slipping hazards.
  • Burns. Was your food or drink served at an appropriate temperature? Were you warned about a hot plate or grill?
  • Foreign objects in food. Was your food prepared safely and carefully to ensure no other objects made it to your plate?
  • Choking hazards. Has your food been prepared so it can be chewed and swallowed? Are there inedible items or garnishes on your plate? Is there a staff member present trained to deal with a choking emergency?
  • Food poisoning. Is your food fresh, clean, stored properly, and then cooked to the appropriate temperature to kill any bacteria? Have all utensils, surfaces, equipment, and plates been adequately cleaned and sanitized?
  • Cuts and wounds. Have you been warned about sharp or pointy utensils?
  • Allergic reaction. Was food that was promised to be allergen free actually prepared so that it came in no direct or indirect contact with an allergen? Are all condiments and spices labeled correctly so everyone knows what they are putting on their food? Does your menu include a warning for common allergens?
  • Fire hazards. Are people in the kitchen monitoring hot surfaces and open flames appropriately? Is there an unobstructed path to an exit in case of a fire? Is the restaurant over crowded to prevent a smooth exit? Are all doors and windows functional in case people need to get out in a hurry?
  • Hot spills. Is the wait staff properly trained and appropriately careful to ensure they don’t spill a hot beverage on you during transport?
  • Other contamination. Have utensils, tables, and flatware been sanitized after every use?

Duty of Care

A restaurant owner owes a duty of care to his or her customers. Essentially, a restaurant owner must take adequate and reasonable measures to ensure the safety of his patrons. That includes warning them of hidden dangers, complying with all relevant health, fire, and safety codes, and generally maintaining a clean and safe environment. When this duty is breached and a diner is injured due to the negligence or failure of a restaurant to provide a reasonably safe experience, that restaurant opens themselves up to possible civil litigation.

A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you’ve been injured by some negligence or failure on the part of a restaurant proprietor, a personal injury attorney may be able to get you the compensation you deserve. Please call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 to schedule your free consultation.