Restaurant workers have fast-paced jobs that require many hours of standing up, working around hot stovetops and ovens, and using sharpened kitchen tools. If you have suffered a serious injury while working in a Raleigh restaurant, such as a severe burn or deep cut, you should receive paid medical care and income replacement benefits through your restaurant employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. If you are denied benefits, it’s important to understand the reason.
You should speak with our experienced Raleigh workers’ compensation attorneys about your rights if your employer is disputing your right to benefits after a restaurant injury. Our lawyers at Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A., have decades of experience handling North Carolina workers’ compensation appeals. We will answer your questions and explain whether you have a valid claim for compensation. Attorneys Robert C. “Chip” Younce Jr. and David E. Vtipil are both board-certified specialists in worker compensation law. Board certification by the North Carolina State Bar signifies that an attorney has attained additional education and passed a written examination in a particular area of law.
Worker’s Comp Benefits for Injured Workers in Restaurants
An injured restaurant worker may qualify to receive workers’ compensation benefits starting in the second week that he or she is out of work. Unfortunately, some restaurants try to deny valid workplace injury claims.
Injured restaurant workers who have been denied benefits have a legal right to appeal the denial. Some hospitality and food service industry workers do not collect the workers’ comp benefits they deserve because they try to work through North Carolina’s complicated workers’ compensation appeals process without help.
Depending on the facts of your restaurant injury, our attorneys will:
- Collect accident reports and medical records to document your workplace injury and its effect on your ability to work
- Request to change your doctor if the insurance company has denied your request
- Appeal a workers’ compensation decision if your claim has been denied
- Represent you at a hearing
- Help you decide whether a settlement offer is fair and reasonable based on your injuries, including how the settlement may affect your right to future benefits if your condition changes
Talking with our knowledgeable attorneys about your restaurant injury puts you under no obligation to hire us. A consultation will give you more information about your legal options and it is free. If we represent you, you can expect individual hands-on attention from our legal team. Whether you decide to work with us or not, you will have a better understanding of your legal rights from a consultation. Call today for a free consultation.