Cliffside Park, NJ asked in Consumer Law and Personal Injury for New Jersey

Q: We are a restaurant and one of a staff caused dropped hot oil on the customer's leg. He sent us a cost break down of how

much the bills came out to be. It includes medical bill, doctor bill, his whole outfit and lost wage for 1 day. But the question is that the most of the medical bill was paid off with customer's plan discount. Out of $2000, $1700 was plan discount, $300 was amount owed, and the copay was $100. Are restaurants usually liable to pay the full medical bill as it was initially?

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Gerald D. Siegel
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A: There is no set rule for restaurants in the situation you describe. It sounds like you made a settlement with this customer in terms of a "plan discount". While it is honorable that you are taking care of the situation, there is nothing that you have described which gets you to a formal conclusion of this settlement. Lawful settlements are concluded by the victim signing a release for an agreed sum. You should see a lawyer who can help you tie up this settlement so that the person doesn't keep on coming back for more.

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