Restaurant Accidents in New Jersey | What to Know

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For many, going to a restaurant is a great way to get out of the house. Unfortunately, restaurants can be more dangerous than you may realize. Restaurant accidents occur often and can lead to serious injuries. Read on to learn more.

Types of Restaurant Accidents

When it comes to restaurant accidents, the majority of injuries 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

How do I Know if I Have a Valid Premises Liability Case?

In New Jersey, property owners are responsible for keeping the premises maintained at all times. One way to do this is by conducting routine inspections to ensure that the grounds are safe for customers. If these inspections are not conducted, hazards may arise, causing guests to become seriously injured. In order to hold a restaurant responsible for an injury, you will have to prove that one of two things happened:

  1. The restaurant knew about the hazard that caused your accident to occur and did not fix it in time
  2. The restaurant should have reasonably known about the hazard that caused your accident to occur

In order to do this, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. You can do this by:

  1. Calling 911: The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, interview witnesses, and more.
  2. Seek medical attention: It is important to go to the hospital immediately after your accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
  3. While waiting for the ambulance, notify the manager of the restaurant that an accident has occurred. This should prompt the manager to file an injury report. If possible, obtain the manager’s name and a copy of the report.
  4. Document the scene: If possible, take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident.
  5. Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Ask witnesses for their names and phone numbers.

If you have been injured in a restaurant accident, reach out to our firm today. We will fight to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.


Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.