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Kitchen Accident Claims
Working in a commercial kitchen is not without risk. They are busy, stressful environments surrounded by heat, steam, open flames, sharp knives, heavy equipment and cleaning chemicals.
Whilst the vast majority of employers install the right health and safety measures, accidents can still happen when precautions are not followed.
For a free initial assessment of your case, call us on 0344 854 7000 or submit your details below and we will call you back to discuss further.
What type of kitchen accident can I make a claim for?
The most common type of kitchen accidents that you can make a claim for include:
- Burns, scars and lacerations: Deep fat fryers, open flamed grills and hobs always pose a risk of burns if not used correctly. Boiling water, cooking oils and steam can also lead to burns, scalding and scarring.
Burn injuries can lead to serious long-term implications including:
- Psychological damage
- Possible need for amputation
- Infection – such as sepsis
Lacerations can also happen as result of defective equipment, lack of safety equipment and poor training. The effects of lacerations can lead to serious muscle and nerve damage, along with the chance of wounds becoming infected.
- Slips, trips and falls: Potential spillages of hot oils and liquids, lots of people and equipment can lead to slips, trips and falls in a busy kitchen.
- Manual handling injuries: Heavy lifting of produce and equipment within the confines of a tight working environment can lead to manual handling injuries.
How can I prove that my employer’s negligent actions caused my accident?
Employers have a legal duty to protect their staff from harm in the workplace. In order to mitigate the level of risk as far as reasonably possible employers are expected to:
- Conduct regular risk assessments.
- Supply staff with the right PPE.
- Put in place measures to keep the kitchen clean, tidy and free from obstacles and spillages as much as possible.
- Regularly inspect equipment to ensure it is in good working order.
When building a case against your employer your work accident solicitor will need to collect evidence to prove that your employer was in breach of the above. Evidence that can used to prove this includes:
- Witness reports from the scene of the accident.
- The report in the company accident book.
- Photos and video evidence from the scene of the accident.
- Medical records and the findings from an independent medical assessment.
- Reports from independent health and safety experts.
How much will my kitchen accident be worth?
Each individual kitchen accident claim is different, so it is not possible to say exactly how much compensation you will receive.
Claims are however calculated based on a number of different factors including:
- The seriousness of the injuries sustained.
- The individual’s loss of earnings.
- The rehabilitation treatment required.
- If care and assistance will be needed on an on-going basis.
- If home and vehicle adaptations need to be made.
- The individual’s ability to work in the same capacity in the future.
Use our compensation calculator to get an idea of what your physical injuries could be worth.
Is there a time limit to making a claim?
You need to make your claim within three years from the date of the accident. However, the sooner you seek legal advice following the accident the better, whilst the details of what happened are fresh to mind.
Can I make a No Win, No Fee claim?
Our kitchen accident solicitors will handle your claim on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis. Our charges to you are dependent upon the individual type of case, and are typically a percentage of the compensation amount that we obtain for you. The charges will be no more than 25% of your compensation.
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries due to a kitchen accident, contact us now on 0344 854 7000 for free, impartial advice. Alternatively you can submit a free, no obligation enquiry via the form on our website.