According to the Labor Occupational Health Program at the University of California, Berkeley, restaurant workers are at risk of suffering a range of injuries while on the job. Those injuries can include, but are not limited to sprains and strains, cuts and lacerations, and burns. Depending on the type of work an individual performs, they may be exposed to other hazards while working in kitchens or on the floor of restaurants.
Not all San Diego workplace injuries are serious, but some can be debilitating and long-term. When a restaurant worker gets hurt on the job, they can find themselves unable to work for a long time. I understand the challenges that hurt workers face, and the serious complications they may experience in all parts of their lives when accidents happen.
Strains and sprains
Strains and sprains affect victims’ connective tissue and muscles. When a person suffers a strain or sprain, they may feel pain, have a limited range of motion, or even other debilitating symptoms. Without the ability to move without pain and suffering, a worker may be unable to get back to their job for their pay.
Cuts and lacerations
Almost everyone has suffered a cut in their lifetime, and cuts and lacerations can bleed and become infected. In kitchens and in restaurants where knives are commonly used, cuts are a regular form of worker injury. When they are serious, they can require stitches and other interventions to heal.
Kitchens are hot, busy places where fire is used to cook and prepare food. Once food is pulled and prepared for service, dishes and meals can also be incredibly hot. When a service worker suffers a burn, they may have to cope with pain, scarring, disfigurement, and other serious consequences that can take time to heal.
Restaurant workers do their jobs well in the service of others. The law can help them when they are in need of help. I am available for consultations with men and women who have suffered injuries on the job and who need help moving their lives forward.