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Restaurant accidents are rather common. You may be wondering how these accidents occur. Unfortunately, there are endless ways to sustain an injury while simply dining out with friends and family or even grabbing a bite to eat from a takeout menu. Read on to learn more about restaurant accidents in New Jersey.

How do Restaurant Accidents Occur?

As stated above, restaurant accidents can happen for a number of different reasons. That being said, the most common causes include:

  • Insufficient lighting, preventing individuals from seeing potential safety hazards
  • Dangerous restaurant parking lots
  • Food poisoning
  • Slip and falls on spilled liquids
  • Inadequate security
  • Defective or broken stairways
  • Burn injuries

Who is Responsible for a Restaurant Accident?

In New Jersey, property owners are legally required to keep the property safe for guests at all times. This can be done by conducting routine inspections to ensure that no hazards arise and any hazards that are present can be fixed. If these inspections are not conducted, or hazards are not fixed in time, patrons can become seriously injured. For example, if a waiter spills a glass of water and a “wet floor” sign is not placed down immediately, a guest can slip and fall. If this occurs, the injured individual may be able to hold the restaurant responsible. In order to hold a restaurant responsible for an accident, you will have to prove that the restaurant staff knew about the hazard and did not address it in time, or that they should have reasonably known about the hazard.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to file your claim on time. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years can mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve in order to heal. To avoid missing any important deadlines, contact an attorney as soon as possible.

If you have been injured in a restaurant, our firm will fight for you. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.


Here at McNerney & McAuliffe, we understand how confusing certain legal matters can be, which is why we are here to provide clients from all walks of life with the experienced, compassionate legal guidance they need. If you require the legal assistance of an attorney to help you through a criminal law matter, personal injury matter, family law matter, or otherwise, you can turn to us. Contact McNerney & McAuliffe today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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