Working in the food service industry can be a fun and fulfilling job, but you could be injured in the kitchen at any time. You likely qualify for Workers’ Compensation when you are hurt, and the common injuries listed below should be taken seriously. Do not shrug off your injuries because it may happen to everyone. The owner of the restaurant is required to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance, and you should report all these injuries immediately.
Chefs cut themselves all the time, but these injuries should be paid for by Workers’ Compensation. You could scrape yourself on any of the metal appliances or racks in the kitchen, and you might have deep lacerations because you are using massive cutting devices to prepare food. Punctures could even occur, and you must seek medical treatment immediately.
Slip and falls are common in food service because the floors must be cleaned constantly. Water and grease could spill on the floor at any time, and there is no guarantee that your non-slip shoes can protect you on wet surfaces.
Lifting heavy boxes, moving appliances, arranging tables, and taking out the trash can cause back pain, muscle strains, sprains, or other aches and pains. Wear a back brace, lift with your legs, and report your injury the moment you realize you are hurt.
You need heat to cook food, and you could get burned by cooktops, hot pans, or the food itself. You might scald yourself with hot water or grease, and you should not ignore these injuries. Burns cannot be treated at home, and your manager needs to know about the injury so that you can file a Workers’ Compensation claim.
Repetitive motion injuries occur often in food service because you are using the same muscles and joints throughout the day. You may believe this is normal, but repetitive motion injuries will cause long-lasting pain that impacts your daily routine outside the kitchen.
Food service workers could be involved in burglaries or break-ins. If you are injured when a crime takes place, you are still eligible for Workers’ Compensation.
You might also confront angry customers who throw things at you, and you should call the police immediately. Any attack that occurs on company time is still a crime, and you must report any injuries you incur to your supervisor because you were on the job when you were hurt.
When you report your injuries to your supervisor, you must be sent to an approved Workers’ Compensation doctor. If denied coverage, you should contact a work injury lawyer immediately.
If you were injured while working in food service, the Philadelphia work injury lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP can help. We will review your case and obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us at 267-589-0090 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.
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