Servers in bars and restaurants engage in physical and manual work that can take a toll on the body. Being on your feet during your entire shift can mean that you suffer from muscle strains or foot injuries, especially if your employer is not granting you adequate time for rest.
In addition, restaurants and bars can be hectic environments notorious for causing injuries. You may, for example, have suffered a scalding injury in the kitchen from dropping a hot beverage or you may have been cut from broken glass after a similar accident. Your mental health may also suffer in a stressful environment such as this, and if staff or coworkers are treating you in an abusive way, you’ll likely need to take time away from such a toxic work environment. If you have suffered injuries as a restaurant server in Colorado, the following are things you need to know about gaining workers’ compensation.
Most employees are covered by workers’ compensation laws
In Colorado, an employer with at least one full-time or part-time employee must have workers’ compensation insurance in place. This means that unless you are self-employed, you should be covered by workers’ compensation in the state.
Workers’ compensation awards damages regardless of fault
You may be worried that you will not be eligible for workers’ compensation since the accident was your fault, for example, if you dropped the drink that scolded you. However, it is important to note that workers’ compensation is awarded to employees regardless of fault.
You must have been engaged in work-related activities
You may be denied workers’ compensation if it is found that you became injured when you were engaging in horseplay in the workplace, or if your injury was not caused by a work-related activity.
If you are an injured server in Colorado, you’ll want to gain back compensation for medical costs and lost wages. You may be able to do this by filing for workers’ compensation.