Non-Subscriber Work Injuries: Home Depot
Did you suffer an injury in a Home Depot work accident? First thing you should know: Home Depot is a workers’ compensation non-subscriber. This means that the company, as many others in the State of Texas (Walmart, Target, Amazon) has elected to select its own workers’ compensation insurance company and policy rather than signing up for the state-offered workers’ compensation system.
The second thing you should know is that it’s in your best interest to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. By reaching out for help to a Houston workers compensation lawyer that is experienced in non-subscriber laws, you are ensuring your case moves forward swiftly through the process. Home Depot is a non-subscriber and at Sandoval Law Firm, we have vast experience in dealing with these type of work injury cases.
The third thing to realize is that you don’t need to contribute any longer to the delay you may be already experiencing in your case. The more you allow your employer to delay, the harder it will be on you and your family down the road.
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. In Texas, Home Depot takes advantage of the state’s non-subscriber option for workers’ compensation insurance, like many major retailers in the State. The company offers benefits to injured workers, but it makes up most of its own rules for who can collect benefits. To learn whether you could benefit from these State laws, please call us now for a free consultation at (346) 347-7777.
Home Depot Workplace Hazards
Founded in 1978 with two stores in Atlanta, Georgia, Home Depot now has 2,200 stores in North America. It employs nearly 400,000 people across the nation, many of which are in the State of Texas. As a Home Depot employee in the State of Texas, you may fill any one of their retail roles like:
- Sales floor associate
- Lot associate
- Freight associate
Depending on the nature of your job, you may face a number of hazards while working at the large retailer. For instance, you may be injured while performing your routine responsibilities like replenishing merchandise, collecting carts, and helping customers to their cars. Some common accidents and injuries include:
- Uneven parking lot surfaces that cause you to fall
- Falling from ladders while retrieving or restocking items
- Back injuries from heavy or repetitive lifting
- Wet and slippery floors in the garden center and nearby areas
It’s important to report your accident and injuries to a supervisor as soon as possible. You might technically have 30 days but waiting too long can hurt your claim. If you have questions or issues with your claim, don’t hesitate to speak to a worker’s compensation attorney.
Read also: Most Common Work Injuries
No matter the type of injury you suffered or how the work accident happened while working for Home Depot in the State of Texas, we can help you.
- Injured workers have 30 days to report workplace injuries.
- Injured workers should ask whether they need to see specific physicians or if they can choose their own.
- Injured workers with accepted claims can only collect benefits for a specified maximum amount of time, usually between 50 to 120 weeks.
- Lifetime disability benefits and death benefits are generally not available.
- Home Depot has the right to fire you because of your injuries.
A claim against Home Depot 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. You’ll get these benefits every few weeks for as long as the policy permits. Non-subscriber policies often do not offer permanent disability or death benefits to injured workers. However, you might be eligible for these benefits through a personal injury claim.
Non-Subscriber Work Injuries: Home Depot – Attorney Hector Sandoval
If you were recently injured while working for Home Depot, contact Houston workers compensation attorney Hector Sandoval for help. Please call now for a free consultation at (346) 347-7777.