Injuries to Hotel and Restaurant Workers
When we think of on-the-job injuries, we may tend to think of injuries stemming from construction-related accidents. However, the reality is that injuries to hotel and restaurant workers are frequent and often serious as well. If you have suffered an injury at a hotel or restaurant while working, you may be entitled to benefits. Our compassionate Schaumburg and Wheaton workers’ compensation lawyers can meticulously analyze the facts of your case and help you determine your legal rights and options.Common Injuries to Hotel and Restaurant Workers
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that nearly 70,000 restaurant workers are injured on an annual basis to the degree that they need to take at least one day off. BLS data also shows that around 20 percent of restaurant employees every year can be so seriously injured that they have to miss one whole month of work. Common injuries suffered by hotel and restaurant employees include, but are not limited to:
- Burns from handling hot water, oil, hot stoves, ovens, and other appliances
- Muscle sprains and strains from improper lifting and/or reaching
- Cuts and puncture wounds from using knives or other sharp objects
- Injuries sustained through slip and fall accidents
- Electrocutions from appliances or other machines
- Eye injuries sustained due to grease splashing or chemicals
Employers have an obligation to minimize safety hazards that are associated with working in a hotel or restaurant environment. When hotel and restaurant workers are injured in the course and scope of employment, those workers will be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is the work injury insurance program that employers are by Illinois law to have. It is paid for by the employer and is free for the employee.
It is important to note that workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. This means that hotel and restaurant workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for injuries sustained on the job regardless of who is at fault for the injury. The injured worker is not suing the employer, but rather is making a claim for benefits.Types of Damages Available Following Injuries to Hotel and Restaurant Workers
Workers’ compensation benefits that are generally available to injured workers include: all reasonable medical expenses related to the injury including medication, diagnostic tests, treatment, surgery, and even travel costs as well as lost wages in the amount equal to 2/3 of your average weekly wage while you recover. When a worker is killed on the job, his or her surviving family members and other dependents may be eligible for death benefits.You Can Appeal if Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Gets Denied
Just because your claim for benefits has been denied does not mean you are out of options. A knowledgeable work injury lawyer can often help you continue to assert your rights. Benefits are denied for a number of reasons ranging from a dispute as to the time and place of the injury, to your alleged failure to notify your employer of the accident within the required time frame, to a healthcare provider concluding you are not disabled as a result of the workplace injury. Regardless of why your claim was denied, you can file an appeal with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the government agency designated to handle workers’ compensation disputes between employers and injured workers. The Commission will hold a hearing before an arbitrator who will make a decision regarding the case.Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Serving Schaumburg and Wheaton
Accidents happen in every industry, and the hotel and restaurant industry is no exception. If you have been injured in a workplace accident at a hotel or restaurant, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for your harm. At Therman Law Offices, our workers’ compensation attorneys understand the nuances of this area of law and can apply our knowledge to your case. We proudly take on clients from Schaumburg and Wheaton as well as Addison, Elmhurst, Lemont, Westmont, Oakbrook, West Chicago, Terrace, Downers Grove, Clarendon Hills, and Lisle. For more information, do not hesitate to call 312-588-1900 or contact us online.