When Restaurant Workers Are Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

April 23, 2018

Working in a restaurant is a tough job for the cooks, severs, hostesses, and bussers. Workers can be injured while dealing with the food, with customers, maintaining the eating areas and parking areas, or for other reasons. Both part-time and full-time workers are generally entitled to work injury benefits provided they are an employee and provided a workplace accident caused their injuries. They can also make a claim if they suffer an occupational illness.

Types of Restaurant Injuries

Some of the many types of Philadelphia workers’ compensation cases that Larry Pitt & Associates handle for restaurant employees include:

  • Burns. Any contact with a hot stove, oil, great, scalding hot drinks, or other hot surfaces can cause 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree burns. Burn injuries may require skin grafts and typically leave some type of scar.
  • Lifting injuries. Servers and cleanup staff routinely lift and carry large trays of food. Workers who prepare the food must lift and open large bags of vegetables and other foods and drinks. A worker may be able to bring a lift injury claim if it can be shown than a unique incident caused pain or significantly increased the staff worker’s pain.
  • Back and neck injuries. Workers who wrench their back, stay on their feet all day long, or who suddenly pull a muscle can be forced to take time off from work to manage their physical injuries.
  • Cuts and bruises. Any uses of a knife or cutting instrument can cause a cut which can become infected if not properly treated. Workers can be easily bruised when objects fall on them or they bump into other workers.

Some of the specific incidents/accidents that can require that a restaurant worker assert a Philadelphia workers’ compensation claim are:

  • Slips and falls on wet floors
  • Cleaning ice and snow from outside or mopping inside can also cause a fall or can result in a back injury
  • Unruly customers may strike or lash out at a server they don’t like or who didn’t give them the food they wanted
  • Devices such as heaters, boilers, and other appliances may explode causing serious injuries including electrical burns
  • Hostesses and anyone who handles money may be the subject of a criminal attack

Employees who are hurt catering events for a restaurant may also have a claim whether the event was at the restaurant or an outside site.

Our Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers also represent clients with repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. These cases require firm testimony that a particular incident caused the stress injury or that the repetitive stress injury is an expected occupational disease for restaurant work.

Don’t assume you don’t have a claim. Many restaurant workers are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. At Larry Pitt & Associates, we understand the relevant laws and fight to show you are eligible by working with medical professionals and vocational experts. To learn if you have a case, please call us today by phoning 888.PITT.LAW or filling out our contact form to arrange a free consultation. We represent workers in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.