Restaurant Waiter Injury Compensation
I was caught in crossfire in an argument at work and was struck by a knife that was thrown by another member of staff but aimed someone else – can I claim restaurant waiter injury compensation? The injury I sustained was serious and I haven’t been able to return to work.
You should be able to claim restaurant waiter injury compensation since your employer has breached his or her duty of care to provide a safe working environment for their employees and has failed to protect you from the risk of injury in the course of your employment. It is well known that any restaurant employer is obligated to follow strict protocol in preventing burn injuries or injuries from slips and trips on extremely polished floors, but their duty of care should also cover other elements of the work environment, incorporating the actions of fellow staff.
It is not unusual for tempers to flare in the stressful and creative environment that food preparation is known to be. That said the scenario that led to your work colleague throwing a knife should have been prevented with correct health and safety procedures like monitoring, assessment and training.
You should be aware, however, that your claim for restaurant waiter injury compensation may become complicated for a number of reasons. For example, the amount of compensation you may be eligible for may be reduced if you had been involved in the argument which resulted in your injury. Additionally, if is proven that the knife was thrown with criminal intent, your compensation claim will not be made against your employer but against the person who threw the knife. Not very many compensation claims are actually as straightforward as they may at first appear, and this is why it is always recommended to engage an experienced personal injury solicitor.
In the free initial consultation that most solicitors offer, he or she can evaluate the individual circumstances of your injury to determine whether your restaurant waiter injury compensation claim is viable. In this assessment, your solicitor can advise you on the procedures required to be carried out before your claim can be made. He or she would be in a good position to offer a preliminary indication of how much compensation you may be entitled to and could assist you with completing the necessary actions.