According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics there are approximately 3 million people working in the healthcare and hospitality industries in the United States. These jobs are physically demanding, and workers can get injured doing them. Back, arm and shoulder injuries are especially common in service industry jobs, such as restaurant, hotel and rehabilitation work.
If you are a service industry worker and have been injured (either in an accident or through repetitive use), you may find yourself with questions about how to manage your medical bills and your working relationship.
- How did this injury happen?
- Could it have been prevented?
- Who was responsible?
- How will I support my family while I’m struggling to recover from a serious injury?
- Who will pay for my medical bills?
- When, if ever, will I be able to work again?
It’s important to consult with an attorney who understands the work you do and your specific injury. An Indiana worker’s compensation and personal injury attorney who has worked with other service industry employees in the past is your best resource for learning how to move forward and navigate your unique case.
The attorneys at Klezmer Maudlin, PC are well-equipped at handling claims for injuries suffered by service industry workers. We provide free consultations and never charge an attorney fee until we recover money for you.
Service industry workers are at risk for a variety of injuries
People who work in the service industry, especially restaurants, hotels, nursing/rehabilitation facilities, and hospitals are at risk of certain injuries because of the nature of their work. Some of the most common injuries for service industry workers are injuries to the shoulder (i.e. rotator cuff or torn labrums), back, spine, neck strains, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and other similar injuries.
- Shoulder Injuries Shoulders can be injured in a variety of ways. Whether it’s straining to lift or pull something (i.e. patients or heavy luggage), repetitive motions (i.e. operating cash registers or carrying serving trays), or from a slip or fall, service industry workers are at risk of a variety of shoulder injuries such as torn rotator cuffs, labrum tears, impingement, dislocation, fractures, or bursitis.
- Back, Spine and Neck Injuries Service industry workers are especially prone to back injuries because of the nature of their work. Often back, spine and neck injuries are related to motions that service industry workers perform regularly, such as lifting, carrying, reaching, bending, prolonged standing, twisting, etc, They can also happen as a result of slipping, tripping or falling on a wet floor or over an item that’s been dropped or left on the floor.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), CTS occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. Symptoms usually start gradually, with burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers. The risk of developing CTS is not confined to people in a single industry or job, but is especially common in those performing repetitive motions that strain the median nerve. This includes various service industry workers, as well as assembly line workers and clerical workers.