Did you suffer an injury in a Walmart work accident?
If so, reach out for help to a Houston workers compensation lawyer that is experienced in non-subscriber laws to make sure your case moves forward swiftly through the process. This will ensure that you make a swift recovery and get well sooner. Don’t contribute to the delay you may be already experiencing in your case any further. 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.
Types of Walmart injuries
Walmart is one of our nation’s largest employers, giving jobs to 1.5 million people in the United States alone. Texas is Walmart’s largest state, with 508 Walmart stores, 85 Sam’s Club stores and 19 distribution centers. The company employs 171,796 people in Texas, as of data from April 11, 2018. The big box store fills dozens of different types of positions, including stockers and cashiers, inventory receivers, cart attendants, and truck delivery drivers, just to mention a few.
Although each job has its own unique duties, they all require employees to handle products and customer inquiries while spending a lot of time on their feet. Walmart employees are vulnerable to any number of injuries, including:
- Injuries from repetitive motion, from continued use of arms, hands and back
- Injuries from operating heavy machinery
- Injuries involving falling boxes and falling objects on shelves
- Inventory receivers
- Muscle strain or sprain due to lifting heavy objects such as cartons, boxes and crates
- Truck drivers face unique hazards from road travel and a sedentary lifestyle
Some of the most common workplace injuries as a Wal-Mart employee are:
- Ankle injury
- Back injury
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Knee injury
- Neck injury
- Shoulder injury
- Slip and fall
- Occupational diseases
- Loss of limbs
- Other work-related injuries
Read also: Most Common Work Injuries
Types of Compensation You Might Expect
A Walmart workers’ comp claim 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.