Non-Subscriber Injuries Occur Outside of the Retail Setting
Every day Texans suffer injuries working in a retail setting for companies like Lowe’s, Home Depot, HEB, Walmart, Amazon, Costco, etc. Usually, these injuries result from lifting, slipping or tripping, falling, pulling or pushing.
As these companies continue to expand, we are seeing more and more injuries occurring in warehouse and distribution centers. We still see the same type of injuries as in the retail setting but, warehouse and distribution center injuries tend to also involve industrial equipment. Where people and moving equipment cross paths, serious injuries can result. The use of fork lifts, order pickers, manual and electric pallet jacks, skid steer loaders can all result in serious injuries or death. A major cause of injuries in warehouse and distribution centers also results from the use of conveyor belts.
If you work for a Texas non-subscriber and you have suffered an injury that resulted from the use of industrial equipment, you need to understand that you may not be receiving all the benefits that you are entitled to. Non-subscriber companies have a private insurance programs that provides minimal medical and wage benefits. Often times, you end up having a real difficult time continuing to work! Often, the company and their insurance try to pass responsibility to someone else. They push for injured workers to take leave or to request short and long-term disability. The reality is, when you’ve suffered a serious work injury working for a Texas Non-subscriber, if it was your employer’s fault, they owe you a lot more that just medical and wage benefits.
Warehouse and Distribution Center Injuries! (Forklifts, Pallet Jacks and Conveyors)
Non-subscriber companies need large spaces to store and ship products to their retail spaces or to customers. With so many employees working at these facilities, there is a high risk of injury when some employees are working on foot while others are operating moving equipment like forklifts and electric pallet jacks. Usually, in a warehouse or distribution center, injuries occur
- when there is a lack of communication between those operating the equipment like forklifts, electric pallet jacks or conveyor belt systems;
- when equipment is poorly maintained and malfunctions;
- when operators are not trained properly
- when there is a lack of supervision in the warehouse or distribution center.
Suffering a serious injury can result in the need for medical care for the rest of your life. You may also never be able to be able to perform the same type of work as you had before. These are damages that your non-subscriber employer’s insurance will not cover. You have to consider whether you would have a basis to file a lawsuit against your employer for the lasting impact that the serious injury has made on you and your family’s ability to live a comfortable and safe life!
Texas Non-Subscribers Companies
Texas Non-Subscriber Employers Will Not Do You Any Favors!
After a work injury, Texas non-subscribers do not do any real work to determine what caused the injury. Video gets lost! Photos aren’t taken! Often times, oral or written statements aren’t even taken from those who were actually present when the incident occurred! The equipment involved also can conveniently get lost!
You can’t rely on your employer to do you any favors to preserve the evidence involved in your work injury. You have to think about yourself first and you can’t assume that anything your employer tells you is in your best interest! There are many myths that they will feed you so as to try to convince you that you do not need to speak to a lawyer! Don’t listen!
You need to Protect Your Rights as An Injured Worker!
After a work injury, you must understand your rights as an injured worker from the very start so that you increase your chances of coming out of the situation as best as possible. You need to act fast, so you need to know what you are dealing with early. Your employer and their insurance representatives are trained to do what is necessary to protect the company. Their lawyers have already provided them with the training necessary to limit the exposure of the company to lawsuits. When you are facing them alone, you are climbing an uphill in the mud. Do not be taken advantage of! Get the work injury advice that you deserve.
Attorney Hector Sandoval handles nonsubscriber warehouse and distribution center cases all over the State of Texas. At Sandoval Law Firm, PLLC, we are ready to discuss your work injury case today!