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Can you please give me a little more information about your situation (why you are entitled to reimbursement from the restaurant - were you injured by the restaurant, were you an employee, are you a contractor for the restaurant)?
You can try suing the facility for premises liability, but if you have already talked to two attorneys who have evaluated your case and turned it down, expect to have to do this on your own.
Your wife can file a claim "pro per" (without an attorney) in civil court for personal injuries, she can try to recover the damages she incurred (hospital bills, etc.) for the injury.
Here is a very helpful guide to civil litigation published by an Illinois Law Firm that can help you and your wife in filing her suit should you choose to pursue this: https://jenner.com/system/assets/assets/6531/original/Illinois_20Civil_20Practice_20Guide_2012.pdf
If you want to sue for $10,000.00 or less, your wife can file a small claims case (see: https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/suing-someone-10000-or-less).
The restaurant will still have all of the defenses and claims available to it in the small claims matter that it would in a general civil suit - so take into consideration all of the information that the two law firms provided to you (this is valuable information and should be considered when filing suit as you will want to address it and be prepared to deal with it in your wife's suit).