Common Injuries for Hotel Employees
Hotel Employee Injuries in North Carolina
Hotel and motel employees suffer more injuries than any other U.S. service industry workers. Housekeepers, in particular, have a high injury rate. This is because they do highly repetitive tasks that can strain muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Most hotel and motel employees in North Carolina are covered by the state workers’ compensation program. If they are injured on the job, they are likely to be eligible for benefits to help them with medical bills and lost wages while they take time off to get better.
At Hardison & Cochran, we are here to help injured hotel and motel workers to seek the benefits they need and deserve. We can help through the entire process and assist in overcoming the obstacles that many workers face when filing workers’ compensation claims.
Call us today at (800) 434-8399 or use our online form. We can review your case at no charge.
Injuries Commonly Faced by Housekeepers, Hotel Workers
Maids and housekeepers in the hotel industry face a serious risk of suffering sprains, strains and other musculoskeletal disorders. This is because many of their tasks require constant bending, stooping and stretching. Lifting today’s heavier mattresses at nicer hotels to change the linens can also cause serious back injuries.
More than 40 percent of the musculoskeletal disorders that housekeepers suffer involve the back, while 35 percent involve the arms and shoulders, the American Journal of Industrial Medicine reports.
In a 2006 survey of more than 600 hotel housekeepers in the U.S. and Canada, 91 percent reported suffering work-related pain. Out of those workers:
- 77 percent said their workplace pain interfered with routine activities.
- 66 percent visited their doctor to deal with workplace pain.
- 66 percent took pain medication just to get through their daily room-cleaning quota.
Seeking Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Hotel Workers
Working while in pain or taking daily pain medication just to get through one’s job should not be necessary. In fact, doing this can cause minor physical problems to become much worse.
If you are hurt while working in a hotel or motel, the lawyers of Hardison & Cochran want you to get the workers’ compensation benefits you need and deserve. Whether you are hurt while working as a maid or housekeeper, kitchen worker or performing other jobs in this industry, you should receive benefits that will pay for any medical expenses you incur and replace a portion of wages that you lose due to your injury.
If dangerous conditions such as faulty equipment or inadequate security caused your injury, you may have a legal claim in addition to filing for workers’ compensation benefits. We can investigate the circumstances of an accident or an assault that occurs at a hotel or motel to determine whether a third party may be liable for your injury or illness.
Our Lawyers Help Injured Hotel Employees in North Carolina
If you have been injured or become ill because of your job duties in a North Carolina hotel or motel, Hardison & Cochran can help you. We can investigate and document your injuries and seek the maximum workers’ compensation benefits available.
When our investigation of the circumstances of your injury or illness shows a third party may be liable, we can pursue a lawsuit on your behalf to obtain additional compensation.
Contact us today at (800) 434-8399 or through our online form as soon as possible. We can provide a free and confidential review your legal options.
- Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners, Bureau of Labor Statistics