Whether you’re employed at a fast-food restaurant or a sit-down dining establishment, working in the restaurant industry can be tough. Not only do you endure demanding customers and long hours on your feet, but you also face a number of workplace hazards that put you at risk for serious injury.
In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), workers in full-services restaurants alone report nearly 94,000 nonfatal injuries and illnesses each year. Additionally, an Emory University study that examined BLS data found that food industry workers have a 60 percent higher rate of occupational injury or illness than those in other industries.
As a restaurant worker, if you are hurt on the job, you can find yourself in a particularly precarious situation: unable to work for days, weeks, or even longer as you recover from your employment-related injury or medical condition. Fortunately, there’s help. New York State Workers’ Compensation may be available to you. Here’s what you need to know about restaurant worker injuries and how our skilled workers’ comp attorneys can help you obtain much-needed benefits.
Working around sharp knives, hot stoves and ovens, breakable tableware, and other hazards creates the potential for wide-ranging injuries. Some of the most commonly reported work-related injuries and conditions include:
Interacting with numerous people on a daily basis means that New York restaurant workers have an increased risk of contracting the coronavirus on the job. If you’re a restaurant worker who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or a surviving family member of a restaurant worker who died of COVID-19, workers’ compensation benefits may be available.
New York workers’ compensation provides three main types of benefits: medical treatment, partial wage replacement payments, and death benefits for surviving family members. Talk to a workers’ comp attorney to determine your eligibility.
The knowledgeable and highly-skilled team of New York workers’ compensation attorneys with O’Connor Law have helped countless clients obtain the benefits they need and deserve. We may be able to do the same for you.
If you’re a restaurant worker who was hurt on the job, we invite you to take advantage of a free initial consultation. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your case, your legal options, and how we can help. We look forward to assisting you.