Work Injuries to American Bottling Company Workers
While all Texas industries have nonsubscribers, you might find it surprising that the largest percentage of employees working for a nonsubscriber exist in the wholesale and retail industry. Coca Cola is one of the very large employers who do not subscribe to worker’s compensation. They are a Texas Nonsubscriber. A Texas non-subscriber personal injury case is not your typical workers’ compensation case.
American Bottling Company (Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper, Keurig) does not subscribe to the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act insurance program. Because it is a non-subscriber to worker’s compensation and have their own insurance program under ERISA, Coca Cola can be sued for workplace injuries and they are barred under state law from claiming you were at fault or that you assumed the risk!
Not a Coca Cola case? View list of Texas Non-Subscribers Companies.
How do I know if I am an injured worker in a Non-Subscriber case?
According to the Texas Department of Insurance, nearly 44% of Texas employers do not subscribe to workers’ compensation.
Primary reasons why large non-subscriber employers say they do not purchase workers’ compensation coverage:
- Workers’ compensation insurance premiums were too high
- The employer felt the company could do a better job than the texas workers’ compensation system at ensuring that employees injured on the job receive appropriate benefits (medical and wage loss)
- Employers are not required to have workers’ compensation insurance by law
- Medical costs in the workers’ compensation system were too high
For employers that provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage, Texas law limits the employer’s liability for work-related injuries of employees. Non-subscribers are not given these legal protections. This means that if an injured employee files suit and is able to prove that the injury was due to the employer’s negligence, the non-subscriber could be subject to high damage awards, including punitive damages and damages for pain and suffering. The employer might also be required to pay defense-related legal expenses, such as attorneys’ fees.
Non-subscribers also lose certain common-law defenses, including:
- The injured employee’s negligence caused the injury;
- the negligence of fellow employees caused the injury; or
- the injured employee knew of the danger and voluntarily accepted it.
State Workers’ Compensation Laws
Each state has a workers’ compensation benefits system setup to protect injured employees. Texas is one of only two states not requiring companies to subscribe to state-regulated workers’ compensation insurance. But just because employers are workers’ compensation nonsubscribers in Texas does not mean employees lose their rights under the law.
Many Houston work injury attorneys simply do not understand the differences between traditional workers’ comp and nonsubscriber claims. To learn whether you could benefit from these State laws, please call us now for a free consultation at (346) 347-7777.
Hurt on the Job while working your shift at Coca Cola?
Our work injury attorneys at Sandoval Law Firm can help with:
- Making sure you know what to say and do after you are injured
- Ensuring all forms and procedures are filled out correctly in accordance with Texas law
- Investigating your case to determine how it happened and find all parties who were at fault
- Interviewing witnesses, and gathering evidence to help prove your claim
- Obtaining all relevant work and medical records
- Negotiating with insurance companies for a fair settlement
- Building your case and taking it to trial if necessary
- Making any necessary appeals.
The Coca-Cola Company is an American multinational beverage corporation, best known as the producer of Coca-Cola, and founded in 1892. The Coca-Cola Company also manufactures, sells, and markets other non-alcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups, and alcoholic beverages. Coca Cola hires employees to work in many different roles, which include.
- Cart attendant
- Forklift operator
- Machine operator
- Warehouse worker
Job duties can expose Coca Cola employees to workplace accidents causing severe injuries, some of which are:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back sprains
- Fractured legs and ankles
- Slip and fall accidents
Read also: Most Common Work Injuries
No matter the type of injury you suffered while working for the American Bottling Company (Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper, Keurig), we can help you navigate all the obstacles of your claim! At Sandoval Law Firm, we understand the specific requirements injured workers must meet in order to establish a Texas work injury case and we can handle your claim for you. Injured workers have a right to file a lawsuit for medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain and mental suffering and disfigurement.
Types of Compensation You Might Expect
To maximize your payout during a Coca Cola’s claim in Texas, it’s recommended to prioritize your personal health first. Then, with the help of a work injury attorney, follow all the rules Coca Cola has in place for filing your claim with its insurance company.
A claim against Coca Cola 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.
Non-Subscriber Work Injuries: For Coca Cola workers – Attorney Hector Sandoval
For Coca Cola workers, or anyone else working for a non-subscriber to TX worker’s comp, who suffer a serious injury on the job, it can be a challenge to know where to turn for help. Please call now for a free consultation at (346) 347-7777.