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Friday, March 13, 2020

Hibachi Incident Leads to Burn Injury Suit

Q: Is a hibachi chef and restaurant responsible for burn injuries to customers?

Usually, the only flames a birthday girl has to worry about are the candles on her cake. A collection of twenty-something candles shouldn’t ordinarily generate enough heat to cause a serious burn or spark a personal injury lawsuit. Unless something goes awry, of course.

Recently, a woman celebrating her birthday at a hibachi restaurant claims she was seriously burned when a “trick” attempted by the chef allegedly set them both on fire.

The woman, who reportedly plans to sue, claims the chef used a liquid to make a heart on the grill and when he lit the heart on fire, it immediately sent flames “into her face”. It also reportedly set the chef on fire, but the extent of his injuries, if any, were not known.

The victim claims she suffered very painful second-degree burns on her neck and chest and that the flames on her face burnt her eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair, and resulted in an infection on her eyelids.

What is the basis of a personal injury lawsuit?

When someone is injured by the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions or inactions of another person or entity, they may be entitled to recover compensatory damages in a personal injury lawsuit. In order to prevail, they must establish that the defendant’s conduct caused their injuries.

State laws differ as do individual circumstances. But if liability is established, the victim may be entitled to recover for such losses as their current and anticipated future medical expenses, current and future lost income, pain and suffering, property damage, and more depending on the particular facts. A skilled personal injury attorney will review each case and make recommendations.

If you or a loved one has been hurt or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligent, reckless, or intentional actions, the Goldstein Law Firm may help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation.

From our offices in the Bronx, New York, we represent accident victims and their families in New York City in New York State as well as those injured while visiting New York.


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