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For many of us, going out to eat is a common occurrence. But, restaurant accidents happen more often than you may realize. As a result, it is important to understand how these accidents happen and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on to learn more about restaurant accidents in Pennsylvania.

Common Injuries Sustained in Restaurant Accidents

The most common types of injuries sustained in restaurants include:

  • Burn injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Cuts requiring stitches
  • Food poisoning
  • Allergic reactions

How do Accidents Occur?

It is up to restaurant owners and employees to ensure that the premises are safe for patrons at all times. This can be done by conducting routine inspections to ensure that no hazards are present. If these inspections are not conducted, or hazards are not rectified immediately, serious injuries can occur. For example, if a spill occurs and is not cleaned in time, a patron may slip and sustain an injury. In this case, the injured individual may be able to hold the restaurant responsible.

How Long do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Pennsylvania?

An injury can take a serious toll. For example, you may face lost wages, expensive medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, there is a good chance you will deserve compensation to help ease the burdens you face as a result of your injury. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to file your claim in time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. While two years may seem like a long time, it is easy to let important deadlines slip by while you are recovering from a serious injury. Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to make sure you file your claim on time.

If you have been injured in a restaurant accident, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your case.


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