Restaurant Employee Workers’ Compensation
Fighting for the Rights of Injured Workers in Santa Ana for 50+ Years
Almost every occupation, no matter how safe it might appear to be, comes with some inherent risks of sustaining an injury. Restaurant workers are no exception to this. In fact, in 2014, the food service industry accounted for more than 190,000 injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While there are certainly some important safety measures employers and employees can take to prevent these injuries from occurring, it is important to remember that the workers’ compensation system is not based on fault, which means that even if negligence was a factor, you are still eligible for these crucial benefits.
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Common Injuries Restaurant Workers Sustain
The injuries a restaurant worker can potentially sustain while on the job can range in vary not only in nature, but in severity. Below are some of the most common injuries restaurant workers suffer on the job:
- Sprains and strains: Waiters and bussers tend to be more prone to neck, back, and shoulder strains due to the awkward postures they are in while serving or clearing tables. They are generally expected to balance and lift many plates and glasses at once, which can take a toll on the body when done repetitively on a regular basis.
- Burn injuries: Whether a worker is preparing hot foods in the kitchen or a server is carrying an excessively hot plate, restaurant workers are often exposed to high temperatures and are at a risk for getting a burn injury. These can range from minor superficial burns, to deeper burns that can result in severe scarring.
- Slips, trips, and falls: These accidents are common across all industries, but are especially frequent occurrences in restaurants. Food and drinks are spilled and, if not cleaned immediately, a worker can easily slip and fall, and sustain an injury. Additionally, if the floors are uneven, damaged, or otherwise poorly maintained, this could also result in a slip and fall accident.
- Cuts: Of course, restaurants have to have vast amounts of glassware and cutlery. However, sharp blades and broken glass also put restaurant workers at risk for sustaining severe lacerations.
Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Santa Ana
If you are a restaurant worker and recently sustained an injury while on the job, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The claims process has the potential to be incredibly complicated, so hiring skilled legal representation is vital to ensuring you are able to get the benefits you need.
Contact our office today at (714) 500-8661 to request a free case review.