Catering And Kitchen Injury Claims

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Commercial kitchens are a notoriously dangerous environment. Where water, oil, and flames combine with noise, speed and people there is always the prospect of an accident happening. There are thousands of kitchens in the hospitality and catering industry in the UK, in restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels, and some engage a low paid workforce with high staff turnover. The challenge is to train all staff in safe practices so they are not a danger to themselves or colleagues, and to ensure that the working environment is as safe as it reasonably can be.

Dangers arising from a slippery kitchen floor

One particular danger, which causes the most accidents in the kitchen, is the slippery floor. All kinds of liquids and substances end up on the floor of a busy kitchen, but attention to safety and observing proper drills will greatly reduce the risk of kitchen workers slipping and suffering injury. A kitchen is a place of hard surfaces and edges, and busy kitchen workers will often be carrying hot or heavy items, so a slipping accident can sometimes rest in a serious injury. The Health and Safety Executive recognises the difference safety flooring can make, and has published guidelines for employers in how to make the floor surface of their kitchens low risk for slips.

Avoidable injuries in the kitchen

Another occupational hazard for chefs and kitchen workers is the risk of burns and cuts. Burns can be from the oven, hob or other hot surface or pot and pan. Cuts are common from use of the array of very sharp knives and slicing machines used in catering. Of course all chefs accept the risk of a scald, burn or cut from a moment of inattention, and nobody else will usually be to blame for that, but sometimes the lack of concentration is caused by fatigue from long hours (that perhaps breach the Working Time Directive). Other times the injury will be caused by the carelessness of a colleague, for which the employer will be liable, or a system failure which exposes the worker to a foreseeable risk.

Risks to front of house restaurant staff

Waiters and waitresses spend much of their time entering and leaving kitchens and there needs to be a safe system for them to collect trays, plates, food and drink and to pass between the kitchen and the front of house without collisions and slips. A surprisingly high number of establishments seem to have doors to the kitchen that open both ways but contain no window, so waiters can crash into each other.

Injuries occurring at factory stage

The food production industry is highly mechanised and often operates a factory model, where workers have a set task which is repeated endlessly, and with output targets to meet. Unless planned carefully, with appropriate variation and breaks, this work can cause repetitive strain injuries.

Osbornes has acted for very many chefs, waiters, pot washers and other kitchen workers. Unless the accident was caused by the injured person’s own carelessness the claim will usually be successful.

A recent case

Mrs B was one such client. She loved her job running a kitchen and spent most of her spare time looking after her disabled children. She suffered a nasty and entirely avoidable injury at work when the industrial dishwasher broke down and started leaking water onto the kitchen floor. She reported the problem but her employers failed to repair or replace it. As a result she continued to use it and mopped up the water as best she could, but a few days later there was a pool of water she had not noticed and she slipped on it, landing other elbow and suffering a bad fracture. As a result she needed surgery, was not able to work for months, and was left with a disability that meant she could no longer do the heavier work in the kitchen. She became depressed because she missed the job she so enjoyed and she was not able to look after her disabled son for the period of her own rehabilitation. Her employers admitted liability and she was compensated for the injury, her loss of earnings and for the psychological and domestic effect on her.

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    Personal Injury FAQs

    What is a personal injury?

    A personal injury is an injury someone suffers to their body, mind or emotions, as a result of someone else’s negligence. This can be direct – an injury to yourself – or indirect – suffering you experience following a bereavement caused by someone’s negligence. Your personal injury claim might be as a result of an accident at work, cycling accident, or road traffic accident. If you are not sure whether we can help then just give us a call and our personal injury solicitors will be able to advise on your personal circumstances.

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    If you have suffered an injury or bereavement as a result of someone else’s actions you may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim. To find out whether you might be entitled to accident or injury compensation just call us today, or complete the enquiry form.

    What types of personal injury can I claim compensation for?

    Our personal injury compensation lawyers advise on a broad range of injury and accident claims. Our personal injury expertise includes accidents at work, trips and slips, amputation claims, car and road traffic accidents, accidents on public transport, cycling accident claims, motorcycling claims and more. No matter where you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence we can help. Including brain and head injuries, spinal cord and other serious injuries.

    How do I start my claim for compensation with Osbornes Law?

    First, get in touch. Just call your local office or complete the enquiry form on this page or the contact us page to find a personal injury lawyer near you.

    Second, each case is different. One of our accident lawyers will arrange a time to speak with you so we can find out all the details and understand exactly what has happened. Once we have this information we’ll be able to advise you on the best course of action.

    Third, don’t worry. Our solicitors and legal assistants are approachable and speak in plain English. Our number one priority is to look after you and your best interests. This means you can relax knowing you have one of the best, most respected personal injury teams on your side.

    How much compensation will I get for my personal injury claim?

    No two claims are the same so we can’t say, straight away, how much personal injury compensation you will get for your claim. Compensation is split into two parts:

    • General damages (based on the severity of injuries and the length of time it takes for you to recover)
    • Special damages (covering current and predicted out of pocket expenses as a result of the injury – such as loss of property, medication, aids and equipment, treatment, travel and loss of income).

    While we might not be able to say how much personal injury compensation you can expect to get, we are experienced in a wide range of injury claims and should be able to give you an estimate, when we speak.

    What is a no win no fee personal injury claim?

    In the vast majority of cases, you will be able to pursue your personal injury claim through what’s known as a Conditional Fee Agreement or ‘No Win No Fee’. This means you will not be required to pay legal fees if you do not win your injury claim.

    How long does it take to make a personal injury claim?

    You usually have three years from the date of an accident or injury to bring a claim – but we’d always advise getting in touch as soon as possible.

    Because each claim is different it’s impossible to say exactly how long your claim will take. It will depend on the severity of your injuries and whether or not your opponent admits blame.

    A relatively simple claim – like minor whiplash or when the other party admits responsibility – could be settled in a few months. A claim relating to more serious injuries – or a claim where the other party doesn’t admit responsibility – will take longer as we’ll have to seek medical evidence. This is partly so that we can make sure any compensation supports you for your long term medical needs. We may also have to wait to understand the full impact of your injuries because compensation may depend on how long it takes you to heal.

    Other factors that could prolong your personal injury claim might include whether it has to go to court when a criminal offence has been committed and police charges also have to be brought and if you’ve been injured in a hit and run accident when the police and insurance companies will be trying to locate the driver.

    When will I get my personal injury compensation payments?

    We understand that you might need your personal injury compensation to support yourself during treatment and recovery. Once liability has been established (this means that the other side has accepted full or partial responsibility for your accident or injury) you can apply to get what are known as ‘interim compensation payments’. These are early, partial, payments that are paid before the full and final payment of your compensation and go towards living costs (because you’re unable to work), private treatment or rehabilitation. They will be deducted from the final compensation payment when that is eventually paid.

    Are there time limits on making a claim for compensation?

    You usually have three years from the date of an accident or injury to bring a personal injury claim – but we’d always advise getting in touch as soon as possible.

    Will I need a medical examination to make a personal injury claim?

    We want to get the very best results for you following your accident or injury. To do this, we need to know not only how serious the injury is but how long it’s likely to take to get better and whether there are going to be any lasting effects. For this reason, we are likely to need to see your medical records and for you to undergo a medical examination. Don’t worry, this will usually only take 20 minutes and be conducted by a medical expert. We’ll discuss all of this in more detail when we speak, to ensure you’re 100% happy that you understand each step of the process.

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