Whether you’re working the front desk, cleaning rooms or helping guests bring their baggage up to their rooms, hotel employees have to perform a number of physical tasks each and every day. Even when they are careful, all this action can lead to injuries and pain. If you work in the hotel industry and you’ve suffered an injury on the job, know that you are within your rights to file for compensation. Below, we take a look at common on the job injuries for hotel workers, and we explain how to seek a compensation claim.
Common Hotel Worker Injuries
Some of these injuries are more common for specific types of hotel employees, like maids or bellhops, but they can affect more than just these groups.
Strains, Sprains and Pulled Muscles – Maids have to bend, twist and crouch to clean rooms, while bellhops have to lift and carry heavy bags throughout the hotel. All of these actions can lead to sprains and strains.
Falls – Entryways and staircases can be common areas for falls, which can result in severe injuries like fractures or dislocations.
Back Problems – The majority of Americans experience back pain at some point in their life, and that number is likely even higher for hotel staff. Acute or chronic back injuries can usually be tied to work duties.
Repetitive Motion Injuries – If you work in the industry for years and years, odds are you’re performing similar tasks each and every day. This can contribute to the onset of arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Faulty Equipment Injuries – Hotel staff also work with large equipment, like vacuums, industrial sized washing machines and kitchen equipment, all of which can contribute to the onset of injuries.
Seeking Compensation For Injuries
If you work in the hotel industry and have suffered an on-the-job injury, you are entitled to receive compensation. Do not let your boss or your manager intimidate you into not filing a claim, because that’s illegal. If you do not know what to do after a work injury, the first thing you should do is contact a workers’ compensation lawyer in your area.
Aside from explaining your options, your workers compensation lawyer will be able to help personally manage your case if you choose to hire them on as representation. This means they will take care of filing all the paperwork, meeting all the deadlines, talking with the insurance company and making sure your claim is strong and paints you in a good light.
Dean Margolis has done this for a number of clients in the hotel industry, so he’s familiar with the common types of injuries and how to maximize your claim. If you want to learn what he can do for you, or to talk to him about your case, reach out to Margolis Law Firm for more information today.
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