Am I Allowed to Sue a Restaurant for an Injury in Washington D.C.?

Washington D.C. has countless wonderful restaurants for those looking for a unique and pleasant dining experience. Unfortunately, even restaurants that serve great food can behave negligently and spoil a night out. Unsafe restaurant conditions can lead to significant, sometimes debilitating injuries, and if you were recently hurt in a restaurant accident, you may wonder whether you can sue the restaurant for financial compensation. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned Washington, D.C. premises liability lawyer from Trombly & Singer, PLLC today to learn more about restaurant accidents and how we can help you through the injury claim process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

If I was injured in a restaurant, can I sue for compensation?

After sustaining an injury in a restaurant, you may want to sue for compensation. However, you should note that you may only receive compensation if you have evidence to prove that you were injured as a result of another party’s negligence. Some common examples of unsafe restaurant conditions that may lead to serious injuries are as follows:

  • Spills left unattended
  • Serving spoiled food to guests
  • Unsafe restaurant parking lots
  • Dim lighting in restaurants
  • Upturned rugs or mats, leading to trip and fall accidents
  • Trips on broken tiles
  • Scalding hot foods or plates

If you were hurt as a result of any of the aforementioned safety hazards, or any other safety hazard, there’s a strong chance you’ll have a valid personal injury claim, however, you’ll need to gather and present evidence to prove it. As long as you can prove you were hurt as a direct result of restaurant negligence, you should have a valid personal injury claim against the establishment in question.

How long do I have to sue a restaurant for any injuries I sustained?

Here in Washington D.C., if you’re looking to bring a personal injury claim, you’re required to do so within the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is three years. This means that parties harmed due to the negligence of others will have three years from the date of their injury to sue for financial compensation. Waiting longer than three years will likely result in you permanently losing your right to sue. If you’re ready to get started or if you have any other questions regarding your potential case, please don’t hesitate to speak with a seasoned Washington, D.C. slip and fall lawyer from Trombly & Singer, PLLC today.


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