Non-Subscriber Work Injuries: AutoZone
If you’ve suffered an injury while working at a AutoZone in Texas, there’s a few things you should know.
- First, AutoZone does not subscribe to the Texas state workers’ compensation system. Non-subscribers lose important legal protections, including immunity from most lawsuits by injured employees.
- Secondly, consulting with a personal injury lawyer after a work accident at AutoZone can clear the path toward fair compensation for your injuries and the losses you will suffer.
- Thirdly, you must act fast. Acting fast helps your case. Remember your employee could be forced to pay high damage awards if you (or any injured employee) can prove in court that the employer was negligent in any way.
How do I know if I am an injured worker in a Non-Subscriber case?
No matter the size of company or the industry, Texas is the only state where private sector employers can step outside of Workers Compensation system for coverage and elect “Non-Subscriber” status. Read: What Are the Chances that my Employer Is a Texas Non-Subscriber?
If your employer is a Texas Non-Subscriber, you have a right to file a lawsuit against your employer if your injury resulted from failing to provide with a reasonably safe workplace. In other words, it matters if your employer’s negligence caused your injury. In a Non-Subscriber case. You are not restricted to the remedies you have under Texas Workers’ Compensation laws. EVEN THOUGH YOUR EMPLOYER, THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER OR THE DOCTORS CALL YOUR CASE A WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASE, YOUR EMPLOYER MIGHT ACTUALLY HAVE A NON-SUBSCRIBER POLICY! They all would much rather let you think that you only have rights under Worker’s Compensation. This is why, if you are injured on the job, one of the first things you MUST do is to determine what coverage your employer has.
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State Workers’ Compensation Laws
Each state has a workers’ compensation benefits system setup to protect injured employees. Texas work injury law is far different than most states for one very important reason: not all employers are required to subscribe to Texas workers’ compensation coverage. In Texas, like most major retailers in the state, AutoZone opted to become a non-subscriber. To learn whether you could benefit from these State laws, please call us now for a free consultation at (346) 347-7777.
AutoZone Workplace Hazards
Anyone in Texas who regularly buys auto parts for care and maintenance is likely familiar with AutoZone. In the fiscal year of 2019, the automotive parts retailer employed around 96,000 people in over 6,000 stores. Workers in the State of Texas might fulfill one of the following roles:
- Commercial drivers
- Freight associate
- Lot or freight attendant
- Sales floor associate
Depending on the nature of your job, you may face a number of hazards while working at AutoZone. Employees may be injured by:
- Heavy machinery
- Repetitive motion
- Back injuries from heavy or repetitive lifting
- Falls from ladders or uneven areas of pavement
Since AutoZone creates its own work injury compensation rules, injured workers will not get the same benefits they would from the state system. Therefore, it’s important you speak with a worker injury attorney so they can fight for maximum benefits on your behalf.
Read also: Most Common Work Injuries
No matter the type of injury you suffered while working for AutoZone in the State of Texas, we can help you navigate all the obstacles of your claim! Injured workers have a right to file a lawsuit for medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain and mental suffering and disfigurement.
- After an accident, you must inform your supervisor immediately (usually no later than 24 hours after the accident).
- You must see an approved physician for your medical care within a certain amount of days of the date of injury.
- You must submit to a drug and alcohol screen at the time of your medical treatment, or else potentially forfeit your eligibility for benefits.
A claim against AutoZone, which is the largest auto parts retailer in the United States, can result in payment for all your accident-related medical expenses. You can also receive benefits to cover lost wages while you’re temporarily or permanently out of work. According to a typical AutoZone typical plan, the maximum amount for all combined benefits after an injury cannot exceed $300,000 per associate and $1,000,000 per occurrence.
Non-Subscriber Work Injuries: AutoZone – Attorney Hector Sandoval
An action brought by an employee against a nonsubscriber to recover for workplace injuries is essentially an action for negligence. If you were recently injured while working for AutoZone, contact Houston workers compensation attorney Hector Sandoval for help. Please call now for a free consultation at (346) 347-7777.