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Electrocuted in a Restaurant Kitchen

Can I Claim Compensation for being Electrocuted in a Restaurant Kitchen Where I Work?

Your eligibility to pursue compensation for being electrocuted in a restaurant kitchen is dependent on your ability to prove that someone who owed you a ‘duty of care’ – a responsibility to care for your health and safety – at the time of your accident, failed in their obligation to protect you. As your accident happened in the kitchen of a restaurant, it is likely that your claim for an electrocution will have to be brought against the restaurant’s owner, your employer. This is because all employers owe their staff a ‘duty of care’ while they are at work, and while their duty is not ‘absolute’ – meaning you must also take measures to care for your health and safety – your employer’s failure to care for your wellbeing may enable you to pursue a claim for work injury compensation.

Although you may be eager to pursue a claim for an electrocution, you should always ensure that your injuries are treated properly before initiating a claim for work injury compensation – no amount of money can compensate for the long-term effect a serious electric shock can have on a person’s life. Summoning an ambulance as soon as possible after an accident occurs is of paramount importance not just to your health however, it is also vital to your claim as it allows you to get your injuries documented by a medical professional – a record that may prove useful later in your claim for work injury compensation –and because it will ensure that the negligent party cannot claim that you exacerbated your injury by failing to have it treated immediately after your accident.

It may be necessary to compile evidence to support your claim for being electrocuted in a restaurant kitchen – this evidence will have to be used if your employer denies liability for your injury. As your accident occurred in a restaurant kitchen it is likely that some of your co-workers saw what happened – if possible, you should gather statements from them. CCTV evidence may also be available to support your claim, as may pictures of your injuries and the scene of your accident if you were able to take some after being injured. Once you are well enough you should return to work to request to make an entry in your employer’s Accident Report Book – this entry will serve as a record of your version of events. You should ask to keep a copy of whatever you wrote.

Once you have had your injuries treated you should speak with a personal injury claims solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity. A solicitor will can assist you in preparing your claim for an electrocution and will be able to represent you in negotiations with your employer. The advice and guidance provided by a solicitor will ensure that you receive your maximum possible entitlement to compensation. To pursue a claim for being electrocuted in a restaurant kitchen, speak with a solicitor as soon as possible.