Search Site
225 Broadway, 3rd Floor | New York, New York 10007 | To view all locations click here
CALL TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION 212-203-4795800-223-2814
The Hidden Danger of Restaurants

Whether you work behind the scenes in the kitchen or you’re having a nice dinner out with your family, restaurants have always been places where people can come together and enjoy a good meal.

However, making your medium-rare steak or cup of clam chowder takes many steps to prevent injuries in the kitchen, and injuries at the dinner table.


What Kinds of Injuries Could I Get in a Restaurant?

Despite their best efforts, restaurant workers will occasionally overlook all the steps that are involved in cleaning equipment, preparing meals, and serving guests. One of the most common risks associated with restaurants is finding a foreign object in food. Not only is it gross to find something in your food that shouldn’t be there, but it can frequently damage the teeth, jaw, or esophagus if you ingest the foreign object without looking at what’s on your fork. Most concerning, however, is that a foreign object in food is a serious choking hazard. Between 1945 and 2017, unintentional deaths due to choking have increased by more than 500%. Additionally, food is the main culprit when it comes to choking deaths, according to the National Safety Council.

Another common risk of consuming food or drinking a beverage that has unwanted foreign bodies is food poisoning. If the meal is contaminated with Staphylococcus, Salmonella, or other common foodborne bacteria or viruses, it can lead to severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea for several hours.

If you work in the kitchen of a restaurant, you’re probably accustomed to large pots of steaming liquid, deep fryers, open flames, and other things that can cause serious harm if employees don’t follow the rules. The most common type of burn you can receive in a restaurant is a scald, which occurs when an area of skin comes in contact with steam or hot liquid. It only takes approximately one second of contact with water at 155⁰F (68⁰C) to receive a 3rd-degree burn, according to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

A 2007 study by the National Floor Safety Institute showed that more than 1,000,000 restaurant guests and more than 3,000,000 employees are injured each year by a slip or fall, and the rate is increasing by about 10% annually. Billions of dollars are spent each year to cover the costs of these injuries, and they serve as the most frequent general liability claims throughout the restaurant industry. If a restaurant doesn’t have a robust cleaning process, use the right products, or dry their floors properly, individuals can suffer a fall and receive potentially serious injuries.


I’ve Been Injured at a Restaurant, Now What?

Injuries in a restaurant are often due to negligence. If you are a restaurant employee who has recently been harmed while working, or if you were injured as a guest, you deserve all the necessary resources to heal. The experienced personal injury team at PPID is dedicated to preserving your rights and protecting your future by handling restaurant injury claims through aggressive and strategic representation. Call 212-203-4795 for a free consultation at our New York office.


Recent Settlements
  • $1,500,000.00

    Rear-end Car Accident Results in Herniated Disc (New York County)

  • $831,803.85

    Rear-end Car Accident (Bronx County)

  • $3,889,000.00

    MTA Bus Accident Results in Leg Fracture (Queens County)

  • $1,075,000.00

    Construction Worker Scaffold Fall (Westchester County)

  • $1,697,500.00

    Single Car Accident Due to Open Manhole (Queens County)

  • $1,950,000.00

    Trip & Fall Accident Due to City Negligence (Bronx County)

  • $1,800,000.00

    Pedestrian Struck by Forklift (Kings County)

  • Over $100 Million Recovered

    Helping Injured Victims in New York and New Jersey Since 2004

  • "The last of our 3 kids had his citizenship ceremony yesterday - we are pleased to report that we will have 3 voters at the coming election. We want to thank you and your crew for what has been a simple process for us. Very efficient, professional and easy in every way. Many thanks, -Gelhard, M. I really appreciate your dedication to customer service and will definitely be doing business with you for any of my future needs. Thanks again!" - Lopez, P

  • "Thanks so much for all your help it was really appreciated." - Carline and Varnel

  • "Mr. Pollack and Staff, You were there when we needed the most. Thank you very much!" - Alte, M.

Awards & Affiliations
  • Best Law Firms 2019
    AV 2020
    Best Law Firms 2018
    The leading immigration law publisher
    American Immigration Lawyers Association
Newsletter Signup
Check Status on Immigration Case
Contact us

Quick Contact Form