Millions of Americans work in the restaurant industry, and Florida is no exception to the significant number of people employed by restaurants of all kinds. The food services industry generally consists of four groups: full services restaurants, limited-service eating establishments, special food services, and drinking places.
Several workers in these industries are considered tipped employees who largely rely on tips for their compensation, and employers are thus able to claim tip credits that allow them to pay employees as little as $5.03 an hour. When a restaurant worker is injured on the job, the accuracy of tip reporting can have a significant impact on the amount of workers’ compensation that employee receives.
Lawyer for Restaurant Worker Injuries in Miami, FL
If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed on the job while working in a restaurant in South Florida, it will be in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. The Hoffman Firm represents clients all over the greater Miami area, including Homestead, Miami Beach, West Palm Beach, Aventura, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, and several other nearby areas.
Miami workers’ compensation attorney Evan A. Hoffman fights to get injured workers maximum benefits, and he also helps people with legal claims relating to the negligence of third parties. Call (305) 940-2307 today to take advantage of a free initial consultation that will allow our lawyer to provide a full evaluation of your case.
Overview of Restaurant Injury Workers’ Compensation Claims in Florida
- Which kinds of restaurant employees might sustain serious injuries on the job?
- How do restaurant workers typically get hurt on the job?
- Where can I find more information about injuries in restaurants?
Restaurants employ several different types of workers, but any one of these employees can sustain injuries on the job as the result of various hazards or acts of negligence. A few of the most common types of restaurant employees include:
- Food Runners;
- Hosts or Hostesses;
- Managers; and
The greater Miami area includes a number of different restaurants, including fast food franchises and unique fine dining establishments. A few of the most popular restaurants in South Florida include, but are not limited to:
- Able & Baker;
- Buffalo Wild Wings;
- Burger King;
- Cardón y El Tirano;
- Cracker Barrel;
- Domino’s Pizza;
- Eating House Miami;
- Il Gabbiano;
- Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC);
- Krispy Kreme;
- Olive Garden;
- Outback Steakhouse;
- Palm Restaurant;
- Panera Bread;
- Papa John’s;
- Pascal's On Ponce;
- Pizza Hut;
- Prime 112;
- Red Lobster;
- Red Robin;
- Steve's Pizza;
- T.G.I. Friday's;
- Taco Bell;
- The Capital Grille;
- The River Seafood Oyster Bar;
- Wendy’s; and
At their busiest times, restaurants can be highly frenetic settings in which hot food is being served or handled by employees trying to perform multiple tasks at the same time. Many accidents in restaurants are the result of a failure to keep a workplace safe or some other form of negligence.
A few of the most common ways that employees are hurt in restaurants include, but are not limited to:
- Assaults by violent guests;
- Burn injuries;
- Cuts and lacerations;
- Falling objects;
- Motor vehicle accidents involving food delivery;
- Repetitive motion injuries;
- Slip and fall accidents; or
- Unsafe parking lots.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) | Restaurant & Food Services — The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is part of the CDC, and it convened a number of partners to develop the National Services Agenda that includes safety and health goals for the food services industry. Visit this section of the CDC website to learn more about some of the most important health and safety issues in the food services industry. You can also find links to additional safety and health information for the food services industry.
Industries at a Glance: Food Services and Drinking Places — On this section of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website, you can find national statistics about the food services and drinking places subsector. In addition to workforce statistics, you can also learn more about work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. You can find links to additional data about injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.
The Hoffman Firm | Miami Restaurant Worker Injury Lawyer
Did you sustain a catastrophic injury while working at a restaurant in South Florida? The Hoffman Firm can help you navigate the extremely complex workers’ compensation process and fight to get you all of the benefits that you need and deserve.
Evan A. Hoffman is a skilled workers’ compensation attorney in Miami who represents clients in communities throughout Broward County, Miami-Dade County, and Palm Beach County. You can have him review your case and discuss all of your legal options when you call (305) 940-2307 or submit an online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
Evan A. Hoffman
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