Meeting some friends at a pub or going to happy hour after work with some friends can be fun and relaxing. Unfortunately, many bars and restaurants focus more on profit than keeping their premises safe. When the lights go down on weekends or evenings, many bar owners and managers overserve customers, allow unruly behavior on their premises, and fail to clean up spilled alcohol.
If you or a loved one was hurt at a bar or restaurant in Philadelphia, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit. Even if you were intoxicated when the injury happened, unsafe conditions, slippery floors, and dangerous security staff are unreasonable risks, and the owner of the bar or restaurant may be held responsible for injuries you suffered. For a free consultation on your case, contact the Philadelphia bar and restaurant injury lawyers at The Reiff Law Firm today at (215) 246-9000.
Suing for Slip and Fall Injuries at a Bar in Philly
Many bars and restaurants in Philadelphia can become madhouses at night. However, this never relieves the owner or manager of the bar from their duty to keep the bar safe for guests and customers. Bar staff may be too focused on profits and sales to bother cleaning up spilled drinks – or worse – from their bar floors. If you are injured because you slipped and fell on a slippery bar floor, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit.
Suing a Bar or Restaurant for Injuries
Aside from slip and falls, there are dozens of possible reasons that a bar or restaurant owner might be liable for injuries you suffered at their business. In most personal injury cases, the plaintiff (the injured party) sues the defendant (the responsible party) on a theory of “negligence.” In a negligence case, the plaintiff claims the defendant owed them a duty, but failed to use the proper skill or care, leading to injuries. To succeed in a lawsuit like this, you not only need to prove that the injuries were ultimately the defendant’s fault, but also that they owed you a duty in the first place.
Many of the legal duties that extend to bar and restaurant owners are the same duties that extend to all property owners. Whether a building is part of a business or a residential property, most property owners are required to have safe premises and prevent harm to those inside. Especially when patrons and customers pay for services, the bar or restaurant may have other duties to fulfill on top of this.
For example, bars and restaurants may owe patrons some of the following duties:
- The duty to repair or warn of hidden dangers on their property,
- The duty to reasonably light staircases and dangerous paths,
- The duty to provide adequate security for patrons,
- The duty not to overserve guests,
- The duty to remove rowdy or dangerous customers from the premises,
- The duty to report medical emergencies,
- The duty to provide drinks and food that are safe to consume, and more.
If you suffered injuries because negligent servers, bartenders, or managers breached any of these duties, you may be able to succeed in a lawsuit against the business.
Damages for Injuries at a Bar or Restaurant in PA
When suing for injury, you may be entitled to “damages” to pay for the harms you suffered. The first set of damages you may get is for medical expenses. If you were injured enough to need medical treatment, hospitalization, surgeries, medical imaging (e.g. X-rays or MRIs), physical therapy, or ongoing medical care, you may be able to recover these costs from the liable parties. Especially if you fell and suffered traumatic brain injury or other serious injuries, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your medical bills.
If you were too injured to work or will be unable to return to work because of your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages. These can include past wages while you recovered, as well as wages you will miss in the future.
Lastly, you may be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering. This is direct compensation to cover your physical pain and mental suffering. While this is more difficult to calculate and has no clear price tag, you can still recover.
Can I Get Compensation for an Accident if I Was Drunk?
If you were drunk when you were injured, people may accuse you of responsibility for your own injuries. However, just because you were intoxicated does not mean that the bar or restaurant workers did not still contribute to your injuries. As long as you were less than 51% liable for your own injuries, PA law still allows you to recover damages. Moreover, if you were drunk because the establishment overserved you, they may even be partly to blame for your level of intoxication.
Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers for Bar and Restaurant Accidents
If you or a loved one was injured at a bar or restaurant in Philadelphia, talk to the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at The Reiff Law Firm today. Our attorneys represent victims of premises liability injuries and other harms, and help them seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For a free consultation on your case, contact our law offices today at (215) 246-9000.