Think about how many fast food restaurants there are in Kansas City. Maybe you are even a frequent visitor to many of them. But do you ever think about how dangerous the job can be for the people who work there?
We know, work injuries are not uncommon, but how they happen may sometimes surprise you. You may have seen a few cases lately of McDonald’s workers being assaulted by customers:
- One cashier was grabbed by a man who lunged over the counter at her. He attempted to drag her across towards him.
- A drive-thru cashier had hot coffee thrown at her.
These are not isolated cases and they do not just happen under the Golden Arches. One man at a Church’s Chicken in Louisiana threatened an employee with a gun after his refund request was denied.
Yes, we realize that most fast-food workers are not assaulted on a daily basis, but they are injured often due to other causes. Today, we will dig into the numbers of fast-food industry worker injuries. We will also look at the overall workforce injury landscape. If you need a workplace injury lawyer in Kansas City, you can count on Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C.
What Kind Of Injuries Are Common
First, let’s continue looking at fast-food workers. In a survey of almost 1,500 workers, 12% say they have been assaulted while working. Beyond that, 87% say they had been injured in the previous year from various incidents – burns, cuts, etc.
Beyond fast-food and looking at the overall US workforce, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that there were nearly three million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported last year. Many of these injuries are things that we can immediately attribute to a traumatic cause – falls, slips, vehicle accidents, etc. However, there are some injuries that take a longer time to develop that are also caused by the work environment.
We are talking about repetitive stress injuries, workplace mental illnesses, as well as chronic conditions like COPD and cancer. These injuries often do not show signs and symptoms until years after exposure to the cause. This often makes it harder for victims to recover compensation from employers or through workers’ compensation insurance.
How is it fair that a person must be put into financial jeopardy because of a work injury?
What You Can Do Now
If you or a loved one have sustained a workplace injury that was caused by the negligence of another person, seek out legal assistance. There are times when workers’ compensation does not cover all incident-related expenses. Worse, if you have been fired for reporting an injury, we want to help.
At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we will work diligently to secure the compensation you need for all of your injury-related expenses. This can include medical costs, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, and more. If you need a work injury attorney in Kansas City, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 816-941-8949.