Michigan workers compensation lawyer discusses restaurant safety and the special challenges that our clients experience after injury.
Statistics from the Department of Labor show that restaurants and food service businesses employ 11.6 million people in the United States. Many of these employees perform heavy work and are susceptible to accidental injury.
Michigan law provides benefits to employees who are hurt while working in a restaurant. This includes access to medical treatment and wage replacement if a person cannot work.
Listed below are common hazards that restaurant employees face on a daily basis. We also discuss special challenges under workers compensation.
Common hazards and safety concerns
There are several types of jobs in a restaurant. Each presents its own special risks and dangers.
Servers need to watch out for sprains and strains while lifting heavy trays. Slipping and falling is also a major concern. A herniated or ruptured disc is a serious injury.
Clean-up involves lifting heavy bins and clearing tables. Some employees are exposed to cleaning products and other chemicals.
Cooks are susceptible to cuts and burns. Dehydration can also be a major problem.
Special challenges under workers compensation
You should always report an injury when it occurs. You might think it is only a sprain or strain but it could be something more serious. We recommend that you ask to fill out an accident report and seek appropriate medical treatment.
If you work on tips, it is very important to document your full earnings. Wage replacement benefits are calculated on the highest 39 weeks in the last 52 before your injury. You should receive 80% of your after-tax average weekly wage.
Sometimes a work injury results in permanent restrictions and you cannot go back to your restaurant job. You may be able to settle your claim for a lump sum cash payment and use this money to be retrained for another career.
Free legal advice
We understand the issues and the challenges that you will face. It is important to come up with a plan so that you have the best possible recovery under workers compensation.
Call (855) 221-2667 to speak with one of our Michigan workers compensation lawyers. We offer free advice and never charge a fee unless you are successful with your case.
– Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. Hes been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Alex has helped countless people obtain workers compensation benefits and never charges a fee to evaluate a case.
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