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Hearing Resolves Chef’s Claim for Kitchen Injury

Posted: March 11th, 2016

A chef’s claim for an injury he sustained in a kitchen has been resolved, with an award of €15,000.

Shijun Liu was working as an ordinary chef at the Howard’s Way Restaurant, Rathgar, when the accident occurred. In March 2013, when he was working at a sistered restaurant in Churchtown, Dublin, Mr Liu went to help a cleaner who was attempting to untangle a power hose used  to clean kitchens.

Whilst attempting to untangle the hose, it suddenly started spurting water, spraying hot water on Mr Liu. This caused severe burns to his ankle, and he was rushed to the VHI Clinic in Dundrum for treatment.

The burns were so severe that Mr Liu was unable to return to work for two weeks after the accident. After seeking legal counsel, Mr Liu made a claim for injury compensation against Declan Howard, his employer, trading as Howard’s Way Restaurant. However, no consent was approved such that the Injuries Board could assess Mr Liu’s claim.

The case was taken to the Circuit Civil Court, where it was heard earlier this month by Mr Justice Raymond Groake. Judge Groarke heard evidence that the hose used to clean the facility was not fit for the purpose. After finding in favour of Mr Liu, and granting him €15,000 compensation for his injury claim, Judge Groarke added that he found Mr Liu’s version of events to be very compelling.

Categories: Work Injury Claim

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