Can I Bring a Personal Injury Claim Against a Restaurant for an Injury in Florida?

Jacksonville is home to countless wonderful restaurants where people can enjoy lovely meals with their friends and families. Unfortunately, there are times when restaurant owners or staff fail to look out for their patrons’ safety and they sustain serious injuries as a result. There are few things worse than being hurt due to no fault of your own, and if you recently sustained an injury in a restaurant because of unsafe premises conditions, our firm is here to help. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned Jacksonville slip and fall attorney from Ansbacher Law to learn about whether you have a valid claim for your restaurant injury and how our firm can help you through the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Can I sue a restaurant for an injury?

As with any personal injury case, the circumstances of your injury will dictate whether you will have a valid personal injury claim. To win any personal injury claim, you’ll need to prove that you were hurt as a direct result of someone else’s negligence. Some examples of safety hazards that commonly lead to injuries in restaurants are as follows:

  • Spilled drinks left uncleared away
  • Dim lighting
  • Dangerous parking lot or sidewalk conditions
  • Serving tainted or spoiled foot
  • Hotplates causing burns
  • Broken glass

What should I do to maximize my chances of winning a personal injury claim?

If you were hurt because of unsafe restaurant conditions, the first thing you should do is call 911, as emergency medical services can ensure you receive the immediate treatment you need for your injuries. You should also take pictures of the unsafe restaurant conditions that caused your injury and notify restaurant management of the incident. If you can, you should try to get the contact information of anyone who saw your accident occur, as they may corroborate your injury claim at a later date. Finally, you should hire a seasoned Jacksonville personal injury lawyer who can work to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim.

How long can I wait to file a personal injury claim in Florida?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is, traditionally, four years. This means that if you sustained an injury in a restaurant, you will have four years from the date of that injury to file a claim. Waiting longer than four years will likely result in you permanently losing your right to sue. We are ready to help you today–you just need to reach out so we can get working on your claim.


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