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Top five potential accident claims for a coffee shop worker


Accidents at work occur across all sectors. However, in some industries you may be surprised to hear the extent of the occupational injuries that can be sustained. This is true of the barista profession. While you may expect slips, trips and falls behind the counter or scalds and burns from spilled drinks, there are a number of other conditions to consider.

Five potential accident claims for a barista include the following:

  • Slips, trips and falls;
  • Scalds and burns;
  • Repetitive strain injury — barista wrist;
  • Tennis elbow — barista elbow; and
  • Tendonitis.

The birth of ‘barista wrist’

You don’t expect to experience prolonged pain from your work in a coffee shop, however, the repetitive strain injury which affects so many workers in the sector has been given the name barista wrist. Caused simply by making too many cups of coffee, barista wrist is an occupational condition which develops due to the repeated motion required to stamp espresso while operating coffee machines.

Barista elbow is another newly-coined term for a similar work-related injury, but one which affects the elbow. It is more commonly known as tennis or golfer’s elbow.

For some, these occupational conditions become severe. The New York Post reported on a former barista who sustained medial epicondylitis due to the job role. The 23-year-old was placed in a brace for a total of six months and was left with no option but to resign.


Accident Advice Helpline

If you have sustained an injury at work due to the day to day duties you undertake, it could be that your employer is liable for the harm that you have suffered. A law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline can help you to determine if this is the case and if you have a claim that is likely to be successful if pursued.

Working on a no win no fee* basis, our specialist solicitors work with the primary aim of recovering the compensation you deserve for any harm you have suffered, injuries you have sustained and distress you have experienced, as well as any loss of earnings.

Call today on 0800 689 5659 for a free initial consultation surrounding the details of your case, with no pressure to pursue your claim towards the end of the conversation. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience.