The hospitality industry includes cafes, restaurants, hotels, clubs, events and tour operators and guides. It is an industry fraught with hazards, from open flames and boiling liquids to crowded spaces full of quickly moving people. Around eight per cent of the Australian population work in the industry.
If you are injured in the hospitality industry and it was another person’s fault, for example an employee with insufficient training, you may be eligible to claim accident compensation. Compensation can be awarded to cover medical costs, personal loss and lost earnings.
The most common hazards in the hospitality industry are:
- lifting and pushing heavy or awkward objects
- slips, trips and falls
- hot surfaces and substances
- cutting equipment
- occupational violence, e.g. robbers
While these hazards are dangerous enough alone, the chance of injury is even higher when combined with risk factors common to the industry, such as:
- lack of supervision
- temporary employment
- long working days
- fast paced environments
Making a Claim
If you’re injured in the workplace, you may be eligible for a workers compensation claim, regardless of whether you were performing duties at the time or whether it was your fault. Injuries covered by the workers compensation claim include damages, illnesses or diseases, psychological disorders, burns, hearing loss and aggravation of degenerative diseases.
When the incident occurs, your employer needs to be informed a work accident and that you have sustained an injury. A workers compensation claim can then be lodged. Depending on the seriousness or other unique circumstances of the accident, you may be able to make other claims.
For example, if the injury occurred as a result of the fault or responsibility of your employer or another person, you may also be able to make a common law negligence claim. You will need medical evidence and legal support to make this claim.
Get in Touch
It’s important you get legal advice before beginning any claims process or accepting an offer from WorkCover. Every injured worker has the right to receive the compensation they deserve and legal support is essential to success while you focus on recovery.
Brisbane Injury Lawyers can help you get fair compensation or damages where it is possible. We believe everyone has the right to legal representation, which is why we charge no fees until the successful conclusion of your claim. We pay all the outlay costs, including medical and investigation reports until your claim is over. No Win, No Fee.
Don’t hesitate to speak to one of our personal injury lawyers today on 07 3188 5800 or contact us online.