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Workers in hospitality, including those working in hotels, motels, clubs, pubs, restaurants or cafés, are often exposed to a range of injuries from heavy lifting, trips, and slips, working in kitchens and housekeeping.

The jobs can result in injuries to the neck, low back, knees, elbows, muscle tears as a result of manual handling and repetitive work. Whether you are a manager, bar staff, waiter, chef, kitchen hand, or cleaner, if you have sustained an injury, you may be able to claim compensation.

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Injuries in hospitality are common

What should I do if I get injured while working in the hospitality industry?

If you are injured while working in the hospitality industry, you should immediately seek medical assistance. You are also likely to be entitled to claim workers compensation. You need to obtain a medical Certificate of Capacity from your general practitioner of the hospital and provide it to your employer as soon as possible.

This certificate is medical evidence of your injury and or illness. Your employer is required to forward the medical certificate to the workers compensation insurer. We have a team of experienced hospitality compensation lawyers who can assist you with your claim.

Can I sue for negligence?

If you have sustained an injury as a hospitality worker, then you may have a right to claim common law damages against your employer. This claim is a Work Injury Damages claim. A Work Injury Damages claim is when an injured worker sues their employer for damages due to negligence. This type of claim is to cover past and future loss of income.

To be able to claim Work Injury Damages, the injury must be as a result of the negligence of your employer, and you must have a whole person impairment of at least 15%. You will need the assistance of an experienced lawyer to make this type of claim.

If your injury is due to the negligence of someone other than your employer, you may have a claim against that person or company. You need to discuss this with a lawyer as soon as possible.

What is the claim process?

  1. If you think you may have a claim, then please contact us by email or phone to discuss your matter. We provide you with free advice on your options.
  2. If we believe you have a claim for workers compensation, we will assist in ensuring you obtain appropriate compensation for your injuries.
  3. We obtain the necessary evidence to win your claim. This is done by one of our experienced injury lawyers.
  4. We pursue your claim and fight until you receive the compensation you deserve.
  5. You receive your compensation in your bank account.

Would you like assistance with your claim?

Complete our free, no obligation confidential case assessment form and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

Alternatively, we are available to talk through phone and email. Please contact our experienced workers compensation lawyers to find out how we can help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What will it cost me?

There are no upfront legal fees payable in workers compensation matters. We provide free advice to see if you have a claim. If you do have a claim, then workers compensation costs are covered by a Government scheme, like legal aid, known as ILARS. This scheme will fund the payment of your legal costs and disbursements.

2. Why Garling & Co Lawyers?

Garling & Co Lawyers are one of NSW’s leading work-related injury law firms and have experienced lawyers acting on behalf of hospitality workers. We have a 98% success rate and are here to help you through the entire claims process.

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