Commercial kitchens can be dangerous places. A busy environment with hot or heavy equipment can lead to accidents, especially if your employer doesn’t take the right precautions to keep you safe. If you've been injured whilst at work in a commercial kitchen, our personal injury lawyers could help you claim compensation.

Burns and scalds are particularly common in commercial kitchens because of equipment such as deep fat fryers, grills and open hobs. Hot liquids and steam can also pose a risk of scalding to kitchen employees. Occasionally, misplaced equipment or a poorly designed working space can cause an employee to trip, coming into contact with a hot surface or substance.

Everyone deserves to be able to work in a safe environment, so it’s the responsibility of your employer to keep workplace risks to a minimum. If, however, you have suffered an injury working in a commercial kitchen, our solicitors may be able to help you.

You may be entitled to compensation for loss of earnings while you recover, and we can help arrange specialist care and rehabilitation. We also understand that psychological stress and trauma can often follow a burn or scald injury, which is why we deal with your case sensitively and offer support in this area too.

We’ve helped thousands of people claim compensation after being injured at work, including injures that happened in a kitchen. Our dedicated employment law team are also always on hand to advise you on any disputes with your employer.

We understand that making a claim after an accident can be financially daunting, which is why most of our cases are funded on a No Win, No Fee basis.

By making a commercial kitchen claim with us, you could get compensation to help pay for rehabilitation and to cover any time you’ve had to take off work. Most claims we handle are on a No Win No Fee basis*, meaning you won’t have to pay any legal fees if you claim isn’t successful.

Call us today on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation about making a claim.

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Frequently asked questions

What constitutes employer negligence?

Although employees have a duty not to put themselves in danger, employers have a legal responsibility to take reasonable steps to protect their workers from harm. When it comes to injuries in a commercial kitchen, this means that employers should:

  • Carry out a risk assessment
  • Supply the right clothing and/or protective equipment for their employees, if appropriate
  • Make sure that the working environment is suitably maintained
  • Clean the workplace properly.

Falls, burns and other kitchen accidents can have serious consequences, so it’s vital that the right measures are put in place to reduce the risk of them happening.

Our specialist workplace accident solicitors have years of experience representing clients who have been injured as a result of employer negligence. Contact us today to find out how we can you.

How do lacerations happen?

Lacerations are a common danger in kitchens and commercial food preparation workplaces where equipment and sharp knives or edges are present, although employees can be at risk in less obvious circumstances.

Health and safety law means employers should do as much as reasonably possible to protect their workers from harm. Unfortunately, accidents happen, and if negligence is involved you might be able to make a compensation claim.

Lacerations are sometimes caused by:

  • Falling or misuse of knives and other sharp objects
  • Mixers, blenders, scissors and graters
  • Defective kitchen equipment
  • Inadequate training
  • Inappropriate tools
  • Missing safety guards on commercial kitchen equipment
  • A lack of safety equipment – for example gloves, boots and protective aprons.

If your injury was a result of employer negligence, we’ll investigate the circumstances around it thoroughly, working out what could or should have been done to prevent it. The effects of a laceration can be severe, including:

  • Muscle damage, leading to restricted limb movement
  • Nerve damage and numbness
  • Wound infection.

We’ll make sure that your compensation takes into account any complications associated with the injury, helping you access the specialist support you need.

What Are The Effects Of A Burn Injury?

Burns and scalding injuries are traumatic, often having long-term effects on your life beyond the immediate pain of the incident itself. The complications and potentially life-changing consequences of a serious burn include:

  • Amputation
  • Blood poisoning (sepsis)
  • Infection
  • Muscle/tissue damage
  • Psychological problems
  • Scarring
  • Toxic shock syndrome

If you’ve suffered from a workplace burn, we could help you make a compensation claim that takes into account the full extent and impact of your injuries. You may need a skin graft operation to replace the skin that’s been affected by the burn – our team can support you if you need to access specialist treatment for this.

Phone us on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your claim, or contact us online.

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