Am I still entitled to claim restaurant trip compensation?
Eoin P. Campbell
Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor
Editor in Chief

Question:

I broke my wrist when I tripped on a loose step and fell coming out of a restaurant into the car park after a family meal. Am I still entitled to claim restaurant trip compensation even though I had left the restaurant?

Answer:

If the car park or, more importantly, the step on which you tripped, formed part of the restaurant premises, you are still entitled to make a claim for restaurant trip compensation even if you had left the physical building in which you had eaten.

Liability can normally be established if you take photographs of the area surrounding the loose step on which you had your restaurant trip, or if other contributing factors – such as a lack of lighting or recent bad weather – had made the step unsafe.

If it is found that the loose step which caused your injury was not part of the restaurant complex, but the responsibility of the local council or highways department, you will still be able to make a claim for compensation – but not against the restaurant.

Once it has been determined that you sustained an injury due to a negligent party´s lack of care, you are entitled to claim compensation. However, it is in your best interests to discuss the issue of liability with a solicitor at your earliest possible opportunity to speed up the restaurant trip claims process.

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