New York Injury Lawyers Assisting with Restaurant and Bar Accidents
Fighting for injured people throughout our community
When we’re looking to unwind, celebrate a special occasion or spend time with friends, we often head to a bar, restaurant or club. However, injuries can result at these establishments if owners fail to provide a safe environment for customers and guests. The injury lawyers at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson in New York City have nearly 100 years of combined experience in personal injury law, including claims involving restaurant, bar and club accidents. We’re passionate about helping injured people obtain the compensation they need and deserve, while holding irresponsible parties accountable for their actions or negligence. For a legal team with a track record of proven success, turn to our firm.
Types of accidents common in restaurants and bars
The following are the most common accident issues occurring in New York City restaurants, bars and clubs:
- Slips and falls. Due to spills, overcrowding and other hazards, it’s fairly common for people to slip and fall in these establishments. Owners and managers must do their best to make sure their premises are safe for all customers and employees, including the presence of adequate lighting in the parking lot. Staff must be trained to carry food properly so they don’t spill anything on customers.
- Fire safety. Bars, restaurants and clubs must have adequate fire alarms and fire exits to ensure that everyone can exit the premises in a swift and organized way, if necessary. Failing to have proper fire safety precautions in place can create an extremely dangerous situation.
- Overcrowding. If someone suffers an injury or illness while in an overcrowded establishment, it may be difficult for emergency personnel to gain access to that person. Overcrowding can also result in fire hazards and make it difficult for people to safely reach exits. The city maintains strict codes for the number of people who may occupy a certain amount of space at one time.
- Poor security. Businesses have a responsibility to provide an adequate level of security to protect patrons. At bars and clubs, this security may include staffing bouncers and/or installing metal detectors to help ensure no firearms or other weapons enter the premises. Businesses must hire experienced bouncers who can conduct themselves professionally and not harm any patrons.
- Dram shop liability. Bars and restaurants may over serve individuals, who later go on to cause serious injury or death in a drunk driving accident. In certain situations, these establishments may be partially responsible under dram shop laws.
Taking action after a restaurant injury
In many situations, injuries that occur in restaurants, bars or clubs could have been prevented if owners and staff members simply would have taken standard safety precautions. Whether you are an employee or a customer, you may be able to seek compensation from restaurant owners and their insurance companies. A skilled lawyer will help you file an injury claim and negotiate with an insurance company for fair compensation.
Consult a respected New York City personal injury attorney
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a restaurant, bar or club, work with the experienced lawyers at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson. For a free initial consultation, call us at 888.746.8212 or contact us online.