Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s leading firms of personal injury and Legal Aid solicitors – and can advise on how to make a no win no fee claim for compensation for chefs, kitchen staff and waiters injured at work.
Kitchens can be dangerous places if not organised and managed properly – or if kitchen facilities are poorly maintained and equipment is not properly stored, or staff are not trained how to use it.
Injuries which chefs, kitchen staff and waiters injured at work can for include:
Kitchens and catering outlets must be managed according to Health and Safety Executive guidelines.
Lifting heavy loads, using dangerous equipment such as meat slicers and accessing large freezers and fridges can lead to injuries like amputation, back and spinal injury and crush injuries to fingers if freezer doors close unexpectedly.
Carrying heavy equipment and plates to table can also lead to chronic back pain and trapped nerves unless staff are trained how to lift and carry heavy items properly.
Slips and trips on wet or slippery floors or over rugs and carpets not properly secured are another hazard for chefs, kitchen staff and waiters.
Catering staff like bar staff can also make a claim for injuries sustained in the workplace.
Work injury claims for chefs, kitchen staff and waiters fall under the area of law known as personal injury.
Personal injury claimants usually have three years from the date of the injuy to make a claim for accident and injury at work compensation.
Claims can sometimes be made outside the three-year limitation period, however. Minors have three years from the age of 18 to make a claim.
Because of the limitation period for personal injury claims, it is important to seek legal advice from Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors as soon as possible if you are injured in an accident at work as a chef, kitchen staff or waiter.
Family members can call Duncan Lewis for advice on making a claim if a loved one has been seriously injured at work as a chef, kitchen staff or waiter and is still recovering in hospital.
Compensation for Chefs, Kitchen Staff and Waiters injured at work includes:
Employers have a legal duty to ensure safe working practices – and should carry out regular health and safety checks to make sure work premises or sites are properly managed and maintained, equipment is fit for purpose – and staff are properly trained and supervised.
Employees must also follow good working practices and report any lapses in health and safety to employers or line managers.
However, when accidents happen in the work place, the Health and Safety Executive will investigate and an employer may be prosecuted for breaching health and safety legislation if found negligent in its legal duty to employees.
However, it is your employer’s insurer who will settle any claim for accident at work or work injury compensation – or the insurer of whoever is liable for the injury.
Many work injury claims are settled out-of-court by insurers, so you do not have to worry that making a claim for compensation will cause problems for you when you return to your work as a chef, kitchen staff or waiter.
Your Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitor will keep you fully informed at all stages of the case.
Most compensation claims for injury as a chef, kitchen staff or waiter are settled out-of-court – Duncan Lewis personal injury lawyers negotiate hard to get the best settlement for you.
But if a court hearing is necessary, Duncan Lewis instructs leading barristers who specialise in work accident or injury claims, to make sure you have the best legal representation possible.
Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors have a successful track record in claims for injury at work, including catering accident injuries.
Contact Duncan Lewis for free advice on making a compensation claim for injury at work as a chef, kitchen staff or waiter by calling 020 7923 4020.