The woman needed surgery to repair the break, which was to her right patella. She also said she suffered other injuries in the incident affecting other parts of her body including ligaments, bones, discs and muscles. Though the woman and her husband claim that a defective condition at the restaurant was to blame it is unclear what specifically caused the woman’s fall.

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As is commonly the case when someone is injured due to the negligence of another, the woman and her husband filed a lawsuit against the restaurant. In it, they are seeking damages totaling $50,000 for the earnings lost while she recovered and the pain and suffering she experienced. Among other things, they allege that the business failed to:

  • Exercise due care
  • Warn visitors of the dangerous condition
  • Provide customers with a safe means of ingress and egress
  • Maintain the premises in a safe condition

While the case will likely take some time to resolve, it is important for individuals injured at restaurants and stores as a result of unsafe conditions, to recognize that they too may be able to seek financial damages for their injuries. Because there is a limited period of time in which a civil personal injury case can be filed, it is important to take action in a timely manner.

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Source: The Pennsylvania Record, “P.F. Chang’s China Bistro sued by Pa. couple over wife’s broken leg,” Jon Campisi, Jan. 15, 2014

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