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Hurt while dining out? You may be able to seek compensation

When you're on another person's or business' property, it's usually assumed that they will keep that property safe for you. For example, if you go to a restaurant, you expect that the chairs you're seated in will be sturdy. You expect the ceiling fan to be attached correctly and for doors and heavy items to be secured.

Unfortunately, there are cases where people have been hurt on business properties, leading to significant pain and suffering. Someone might fall down the stairs, trip on a sidewalk, get hurt when a chair collapses or suffer an injury through other means.

Whatever happens, it's smart to look into seeing if the business can be held liable. If you are hurt on their property, there should be a reasonable concern about the safety of the property for others and for yourself in the future.

Will a business always be liable if you get hurt there?

Not always. It's best if you can prove that the business owner should have known about a particular danger or hazard. For instance, if the waitress or waiter mentions that one of the seats may be wobbly, then it's reasonable to assume that they knew it was dangerous and shouldn't have seated you there.

If a business owner is negligent and does not eliminate hazards in a reasonable amount of time while failing to let others know about the risks, they should be held liable. Our site has more on what you can do if you've been a victim of an accident on a business property in Long Island.

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