Helping Grocery Store Employees Obtain Virginia Workers Compensation for On the Job Injuries
We are all familiar with grocery stores. Especially those of us who live in Richmond – which is at the center of the “Grocery Store Wars.” Grocery stores sell fresh and preserved foods for consumption at home and at restaurants. They also sell prepared food like hot entrees, salads, and desserts for takeout.
There are thousands of grocery stores in America. They range in size from supermarkets with in-house restaurants that employee hundreds of workers to convenience stores with only a couple of employees and limited food and beverage selections. And they can be located in any area – urban, suburban, and rural. Suburban stores tend to be larger and offer more products.
Grocery stores employ millions of workers in the United States: grocery store managers; cashiers; sales workers; stock handlers; baggers; kitchen workers; butchers; bakers; meat cutters; and, deli workers. And each of these workers is at risk of suffering a workplace injury or occupational disease because of the nature of the work. If this happens to you, contact Virginia workplace injury attorney Corey Pollard for help filing your workers comp claim, presenting your case at a hearing before the Workers Compensation Commission, recovering all the work comp benefits you’re owed, and negotiating a top-dollar workers compensation settlement in Virginia.
Common Workplace Accidents and Injuries Suffered by Grocery Store Employees
Though grocery stores have gotten safer over the years, workplace injuries and illnesses happen frequently. In 2000 there were 8.4 recordable cases per 100 full-time workers, which was higher than the injury and illness rates for retail and private industry. And there were 128 fatalities among grocery store workers, with many of those resulting from violence.
Common grocery store accidents and injuries include:
- Repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Slip and falls on spilled food, drinks, bags, packaging, or produce
- Lacerations, fractures, and cutting injuries due to machinery, box cutters, and knives
- Overexertion injuries while lifting and stocking
- Cuts from damaged grocery carts
- Fractures, sprains, and strains due to being struck by falling objects or pallets
- Tripping over broken pavement on sidewalks or ice and defects in the parking lot
Your employer must provide you with safe working conditions under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). This means your workplace should be clear of obstacles and the store should perform regular maintenance on not just the building but also the equipment. If this isn’t done then you’re at risk of suffering a catastrophic injury.
Helping Injured Grocery Store Employees Each Year
Obtaining workers compensation benefits isn’t easy. Your employer and its insurance carrier will look for any way possible to delay, dispute, and deny your wage loss benefits and medical coverage.
Don’t take on the insurance company and your employer alone. Contact Corey Pollard so that he can fight your legal battle while you focus on your physical, mental, and emotional recovery. As a Richmond disability lawyer and Newport News Social Security disability attorney, he’ll not only help you with your workers comp claim but also help you get approved for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
We represent injured grocery store employees who work for the following employers:
- Bestway Supermarket
- FoodLand Super Markets
- Food Lion
- Food Maxx International
- Fresh World International Supermarket
- Global Food International
- Great Valu
- Great Wall Supermarket
- Harris Teeter
- Ingles Markets
- Lotte Plaza
- Lowes Foods
- Martin’s Food Markets
- Price Rite
- Trader Joe’s
- Whole Foods Market
If you’re a grocery store employed who has suffered an on the job injury, we want to help. Call us today.