Restaurant Liability in Washington D.C. | What You Need to Know

If you are someone who recently went out to dinner for a nice meal with your friends or family, becoming seriously injured was most likely the last thing on your mind. However, there are times where negligent restaurant owners or staff can cause their restaurant to become very dangerous, and if you are someone who has been injured in a restaurant accident, you are most likely now seeking compensation. Our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys are here to help. Continue reading to learn more.

What are the most common causes of restaurant accidents?

Restaurant accidents happen for many different reasons, though they are seldom the fault of the diners. Oftentimes, restaurant accidents occur due to restaurant staff or management negligence. Some of the most common types of restaurant accidents we see are burns, slip and fall injuries, food poisonings, and trip and fall accidents to due dim lighting, preventing individuals from seeing potential safety hazards, among other things.

Are restaurants liable for a serious injury?

In many cases, the answer is yes. However, to win a premises liability claim against a negligent restaurant owner in Washington D.C., you will have to hire an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can gather and present sufficient evidence to prove that the property owner knew, or should have reasonably known about the unsafe conditions, failed to fix them, and that you were injured and incurred significant financial damages as a result. Some of the most useful forms of evidence include police reports, restaurant incident reports, medical documents, pictures of the safety hazard, video evidence of the accident, witness statements, and more.

How long can I wait to sue after an injury in Washington D.C.?

If you are someone who has been injured in a serious restaurant accident in Washington D.C., you may feel as though you wish to wait before pursuing damages against the negligent restaurant owner. However, you should understand that in many cases, if you wait too long, you may be denied your right to sue. This is because Washington D.C. has a statute of limitations in place regarding personal injury claims. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years, meaning you will have three years from the date of your accident to sue the liable party. Our firm is always here to help–all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.