Restaurant Accidents & Injuries

Restaurant Accidents & Injuries in New Orleans, LA

New Orleans, LA is world famous for their amazingly rich culture and the unique cuisine that it inspires. The Cajun and Creole delicacies of gumbo, jambalaya, and shrimp Po’boy sandwiches can all be found throughout New Orleans in one of the many fantastic dining establishments. Unfortunately these restaurants can also be the scene of serious injuries that can result from unsafe conditions or practices in place on the premises. These injuries can be serious and debilitating which can drastically affect one’s ability to work and earn a living, or to even navigate the rigors of daily life. If you have been injured or have fallen ill as a result of unsafe or unsanitary conditions in a restaurant in New Orleans, LA or any other area in Louisiana, then the Hammond Law Firm may be able to help you seek compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of your injury or illness. Common restaurant injuries can include:

Food Poisoning

According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food poisoning is the most commonly reported injury suffered in restaurants in the United States. Food poisoning is a term that is most commonly used to include foodborne bacterial and viral infections of the gastro-intestinal tract. Food poisoning can cause uncontrollable vomiting, diarrhea, and painful stomach cramps. If severe food poisoning is left untreated, then septicemia, severe dehydration, brain damage, and even death can result. Some common pathogens responsible for food poisoning include:

  • Salmonella
  • Clostridium botulinum (Botulism)
  • Escherichia coli (E. Coli)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Norovirus
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Campylobacter enteritis

Improper food handling and storage methods can lead to the spread of contaminated meat, poultry, and other food items. Unsanitary conditions and insufficient or improper hand washing by food handlers can also be a prime vector for food borne illness as well. The expert personal injury attorneys at Hammond Law Firm, LLC can help you seek compensation that you may be eligible for as a result of food poisoning from a restaurant in New Orleans, LA.

Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents

The state of Louisiana has laws in effect that regulate the safety of the environment of restaurants for both employees and patrons alike. Slip or trip and fall accidents in restaurants cause thousands of serious injuries across the country every year. Unsafe conditions and hidden hazards can lurk in even the most well run dining establishments. A stray melted ice cube, a broken floor tile, or even a spilled beverage or food are just some of the dangers that can lead to a slip or trip and fall accident inside of a restuarant in New Orleans, LA. Injuries resulting from a fall can be moderate and painful or severe and debilitating. Cases of this type fall under the broader area of premises liability in personal injury law and our expert attorneys at Hammond Law Firm, in New Orleans, LA can help you seek the compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of a fall in a restaurant in Louisiana.

Burns and Scaldings

Restaurants in New Orleans, LA and all other parts of Louisiana are required to serve food at temperatures that are designated by the federal government in order to combat food borne illnesses. As a result, food is usually served at 120 to 130 degrees fahrenheit, and oftentimes higher. Hot food and beverages at 140 degrees can produce third-degree burns that can be extremely painful and can require skin-grafting for a proper recovery. Older establishments have been known to have unregulated and archaic water heating that can produce scalding hot water from bathroom sinks that can cause burn injuries as well. Hot water scaldings are particularly dangerous to young children who may not realize that the water temperature is dangerous until it is far too late. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn or scalding injury at a restauraunt or other establishment in New Orleans, LA or any other area of Lousiana then you need competent and experienced legal representation to guide you through the legal process of seeking compensation for your injuries and damages. Hammond Law Firm, LLC can help you by handling all aspects of your personal injury case. You can rest assured that the responsible party will utilize expert legal representation in this matter, and for this reason and others, you should be properly represented as well. Contact our practice for a free, no-obligation case review and consultation with Peirce Hammond if you were burned or scalded at a dining establishment in Louisiana.

Broken Teeth

Restaurant patrons can sometimes encounter hard foreign objects in their food that can cause chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth. Bits of plastic, shards of glass, or fragments of any number of materials can mistakenly find their way into dishes served by restuarants. If you break a tooth while chewing on something that is certainly not supposed to be in a dish, then you may be subject to costly and inconvenient restorative dental procedures such as bonding, porcelain veneers, root canal therapy, dental crowns, or even complete tooth replacement depending on the extent and location of the damaged tooth. Lasting embarrassment and temporary minor disfigurement can also result from a tooth broken while dining in New Orleans, LA. If you have broken a tooth while dining at an establishment in Louisiana, then you may be able to seek compensation for your damages. Peirce Hammond and the personal injury professionals of Hammond Law Firm, LLC can help you determine if you may be eligible to seek compensation for your injury.


Patrons dining at restaurants in the New Orleans, LA and other areas of Louisiana can be injured by choking on unexpected objects in their food. Hundreds of customers are injured or worse from choking while dining at restaurants each year. Foreign objects and bones left in dishes that are supposed to be deboned can cause an individual to choke which can lead to unconsciousness, suffocation, asphyxiation, brain damage, or even death if not treated immediately. Unfortunately, it is often the case that an injury from choking results from the failure of restaurant employees or managers to administer CPR or to call for emergency medical services right away. Choking is always a threat when eating, but restaurants are required to abide by state and federal food safety regulations and are held to a very high legal obligation of care to protect their patrons from undue harm. If you or a loved one were injured or suffered permanent physical damage from choking in a restaurant, then you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries and related disabilities. Contact the Hammond Law Firm, LLC located in New Orleans, LA for a free consultation and review of your personal injury case today!

How Hammond Law Firm, LLC Can Help You

If you were injured while dining at a restaurant in the New Orleans, LA or other area of Louisiana then Peirce Hammond and the highly experienced personal injury professionals of Hammond Law Firm, LLC can help you determine whether you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries and damages in the form of a personal injury lawsuit. In order to seek compensation, you must be able to prove that the event that caused your injury in a restaurant:

  • Was foreseeable by the owner or managerial staff of the restaurant;
  • Constituted negligence
  • Directly caused your injury
  • Resulted in real damages

The legal requirements listed above are only a small part of what it will take to have a desireable resolution to your personal injury claim against the establishment in which your injury ocurred. The Hammond Law Firm, LLC located in New Orleans, LA can help you prepare and present a strong and carefully crafted case to a Louisiana state judge and jury. Our extensive courtroom and trial experience in personal injury cases will allow us to ensure that we are fully prepared for a jury trial if the need should arise.

Contact Hammond Law Firm, LLC

If you or a loved one has been injured in a restaurant or other establishment in New Orleans, LA or another area of Louisiana then you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. The expert personal injury attorneys of Hammond Law Firm have a vast wealth of knowledge and experience in successfully handling cases of this nature. If you suffered a minor injury like a sprained ankle, small laceration, or abrasions then you would most likely be able to handle a claim of this magnitude on your own. If, however, you suffered a serious injury such as severe laceration, broken bones or teeth, a severe burn or scalding (second or third degree), food poisoning, or injuries related to choking, then the stakes are far too high for you to proceed in your personal injury case without proper legal representation on your behalf. Peirce Hammond and the personal injury experts at Hammond Law Firm, LLC can help you get your life back to normal or as close to normal as possible by helping you seek appropriate compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of injuries sustained while at a Louisiana restaurant or other establishment. Contact our attorneys today to discuss your case during a completely free and no-obligation consultation and case review at our New Orleans, LA office.

By Peirce Hammond