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People go to restaurants for many reasons, including a lunch meeting at the greasy spoon or eating dinner with the family. You may be attending a special event at a fine dining establishment for a special occasion at your favorite hideaway.

We can think of many good reasons to travel to our favorite eatery. But our Los Angeles restaurant injury attorneys have seen many things go wrong, turning an innocent meal into a permanent disability or even a death sentence.

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What Are Some Restaurant Injuries Our Accident Compensation Attorneys Help Victims With?

Topping the list of restaurant injuries in Los Angeles County include the following:

  • Slipping and falling. (Read more.)
  • Spilling of scalding liquids on patrons.
  • Allergic reactions.
  • Choking on a bone that should have been removed from the meal or meat during prepping.
  • Food Sickness (Read more.)
  • Distracted eating and driving after a to-go order pickup.
  • Burn injuries from overly hot liquids or specialty cocktails lit aflame for effect. (Read more.)

Our top-notch Los Angeles premises liability attorneys have assisted in all types of eatery injuries causing other types of harm. We understand you will experience pain, suffering, medical bills, and lost wages.

We want to help restaurant patrons receive compensation. We will help anyone expecting to have an enjoyable meal or glass of wine who got hurt instead.

Los Angeles Restaurant Injury Attorneys

Ehline Law Firm has experience in suing dining facilities. With our outstanding record of prevailing in and out of court, we are second to no one in motivation and desire to win you big money for your injury cases.

We have assisted thousands of California injury victims with their insurance claims, recovering over $100 Million for satisfied clients. We have lawyers in Northern, Central, and Southern California. Ehline Law Firm maintains over 15 law offices and meeting places to assist you locally.

One of our nearby local civil law attorneys will give you a free case review and listen to your side of the story. Our compassionate lawyers offer potential new clients and customers free legal advice.

We have been helping injured California consumers for over 15 years and are recognized by major news publications like CNN and Newsweek. Our main goal is to get you a large insurance settlement or jury award if attorney-adjuster negotiations remain unfruitful.

What Are The Restaurant Owner’s Duties Of Standards Of Care?

The owner of a restaurant has a duty to:

  • Ensure reasonable safe conditions for patrons
  • Warn customers of hidden dangers
  • Supply safe furnishings.

Suppose the owner or a slumlord does not meet these standards of making the restaurant areas safe where patrons and employees can be expected to go in the building. In that case, the owner can be held liable for serious injuries or a wrongful death nightmare of losing your close loved one.

The owner who wants to avoid being negligent in this duty is required to:

  • Ensure the entrances and exits to the establishment are safe, including fire exits, and are in proper working order if there is one.
  • Ensure no defects in the floors, such as cracks, bumps, or threadbare carpeting, create a hazard.
  • Establish the flooring in the establishment is not slippery to avoid slip and fall accidents among patrons or employees.
  • Furnishings should be inspected and maintained to make individual chairs, seats, and stools good and not dangerous.

What Are The Restaurant’s Limits Of Liability?

When restaurant patrons receive a negligently caused injury on or off the premises, the owner can be held liable for negligence. California law requires you to prove the business owner or controller had actual or constructive notice of the dangers that injured you.

You can file a lawsuit when owners fail to act or act carelessly. Anytime a landlord or restaurant manager allows dangers on their property, they violate their duty of reasonable safe care when patrons or employees suffer resulting injuries.

The business is liable for actions for having created an unreasonable risk, unforeseen and unavoidable by unknowing visitors. However, the restaurant owner will not face liability for open and obvious dangers.

The reasoning for this rule is that the hazardous condition is so visible that all people entering the establishment should notice the dangers presented. We lawyers and courts call this an “open and obvious” danger.

And this defect must not have existed long enough for the owner to discover or correct the danger.

  • In a situation of this type, the owner usually will not be liable, such as a broken water pipe that soaks the carpeting in a restaurant. This would not be something the owner could stop or notice instantly while it is affecting the carpeting.

But a duty could arise when it creates a hazard for patrons walking on the carpet and the area. So the danger should be marked upon discovery to warn the customers of the dangerous risk.

Otherwise, your money recovery may be limited for:

  • Contributory negligence, and
  • Assumption of risk

What Is The Restaurant Owner’s Responsibility?

The restaurant owner can be held responsible when their lack of actions harms a customer or employee.

  • For example, when they caused or created conditions, they had a standard of duty to ensure they were safe.
  • So these could be improperly maintained chairs that pose a danger to the customer.
  • The owner may be held responsible for one of the employees’ actions, such as an employee assaulting a customer.

The employer is responsible for the employee’s actions on the premises.

  • But there is no legal claim if the incident causing harm was in the form of humiliation, such as being insulted by an employee.

The other side of this is if a third party assaults the customer, then the owner cannot be held responsible for another patron’s actions in some cases, such as the negligent provision of security.

But The Owner Must Know Or Should Have Known Before They Can Suffer Legal Liability?

True. Unless the owner witnesses the event or becomes aware the situation could escalate and does nothing to correct it, they have no legal fault.

  • The one possibility where you could hold the owner responsible is if it was apparent the customer was intoxicated. (Ex: an intoxicated customer threatens other customers or takes action to assault another customer physically).
  • If another person acted threateningly but was not asked to leave the establishment, the landlord will face liability for allowing a known dangerous person to remain.

How Do I Contact A California Restaurant Injury Lawyer?

When an individual suffers harm or gets hurt while eating, drinking, or walking through a restaurant after consuming their meal, they will need experienced legal counsel. If you are a restaurant injury victim, you must immediately consult a restaurant injury lawyer at the world-famous Ehline Law Firm. When you speak with our qualified legal professionals, you can discover whether you have a claim worthy of suing over.

You may determine you don’t want to pay a contingency fee and head to a small claims court. Our job is to help you make a fully informed decision. Our expert negligence law attorneys will show you the risks versus benefits of filing your insurance claim in Superior Court. After our compassionate, caring staff has fully informed you of everything and listened to your complaints, we will huddle up and explain things in layman’s terms.

The superior Ehline Law Firm lawyers in California have expertise in this law area; they are skilled negotiators and litigators who can help settle or try your case.

Schedule a Free Case Review With a Restaurant Injury Attorney Immediately

We encourage you to contact our caring law firm today for a free consultation. During our instructive talk, you will learn your rights and discover the secrets of how to proceed with your claim. After you contact us, a bold, aggressive attorney will attentively hear your problem and creatively try and resolve your situation with free legal advice.

If you want to receive maximum compensation, our charismatic staff is ready to help you win big! All you have to do is pick up your phone and dial (213) 596-9642. If victims want even prompter service from a Los Angeles injury attorney, we encourage them to fill out our online contact form today.


Michael Ehline is an inactive U.S. Marine and world-famous legal historian. Michael helped draft the Cruise Ship Safety Act and has won some of U.S. history’s largest motorcycle accident settlements. Together with his legal team, Michael and the Ehline Law Firm collect damages on behalf of clients.
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