Wal-Mart and Workers Compensation Claims in Virginia

 

We all know who Wal-Mart is. With more than 4,500 stores in the United States, Wal-Mart is the world’s largest company by revenue and the largest private employer in the world with over 2 million employees. It is also the largest grocery retailer in the United States, with thousands of grocery store employees. As you may expect, Wal-Mart is no stranger to the workers compensation system in Virginia.

 

Wal-Mart Work Injury Claims

 

This article is about workers compensation claims against Wal-Mart from a Virginia workplace accident lawyer’s perspective. Wal-Mart is a big employer and a big defendant. It not only has retail stores across Virginia, which are called Wal-Mart Supercenters, Wal-Mart Discount Stores, or Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets depending on their size, but also Wal-Mart distribution centers in Petersburg, Gordonsville, Williamsburg, and Henderson, NC.

 

Filing a workers compensation claim against Wal-Mart is similar to filing a claim against other employers and insurance carriers. But there are some differences because of Wal-Mart’s size, resources, and ability to find light duty work for its injured employees. Just like it’s known for being aggressive with suppliers and competitors, Wal-Mart can be aggressive in defending workers comp claims. And when they’re approach is successful it’s you – the injured worker – who is denied justice.

 

How Wal-Mart Handles Workers Comp Claims in Virginia

 

Claims Management, Inc., called CMI for short, is the third party administrator (TPA) for Wal-Mart. CMI handles all personal injury and workers compensation claims filed against Wal-Mart.

 

As Wal-Mart’s own insurance adjuster, Claims Management processes and investigates claims, tries to get recorded statements from injured employees, contacts treating physicians to try to get opinion statements, and does whatever is necessary to manage and track the claim against Wal-Mart. Though Claims Management is a separate company, you are essentially dealing with Wal-Mart when you deal with Claims Management.

 

Claims Management may refer your workers compensation claim to a defense attorney if litigation is required. Many Virginia workers comp claims against Wal-Mart are defended by a group of workers compensation attorneys in Roanoke, VA.

 

Common Work Accidents and Injuries Suffered by Wal-Mart Workers

 

Wal-Mart stores often consist of general merchandise, a full-service supermarket with bakery and deli sections, a garden center, a pet shop, a pharmacy, a Tire & Lube Express providing auto mechanic services, an optical center, a photo processing lab, a portrait studio, a restaurant, and many other sections. As a result there are hundreds of different positions at each store, including:

 

  • Baker
  • Cart attendant
  • Cashier
  • Delivery Driver
  • Forklift Driver
  • Greeter
  • Inventory Receiver
  • Mechanic
  • Sales Floor Associate
  • Stocker
  • Warehouse worker

 

Those each of these jobs have different job descriptions, many of them are physically demanding and require the employee to spend a lot of time on his or her feet.

 

Because of these physical demands, you may suffer the following workplace injuries as a Wal-Mart employee:

 

  • Ankle injury
  • Back injury
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Knee injury
  • Neck injury
  • Shoulder injury
  • Slip and fall

 

No matter your job, you may be at an increased risk of injury as a Wal-Mart employee. Physically demanding working, including lifting and repetitive movement, puts you at risk of injury to your joints and spinal cord.

 

What to Do if You’re Injured While Working at Wal-Mart

 

If you’re a Walmart employee who gets hurt on the job, then do the following:

 

1, Seek immediate medical attention

2. Report the accident and all your injuries to your supervisor, in writing

3. Contact Corey Pollard before giving a recorded statement

 

Workers Compensation Benefits for Wal-Mart Workers Hurt on the Job in Virginia

 

Virginia workers compensation attorney Corey Pollard has helped many injured Wal-Mart employees obtain the following types of workers compensation benefits:

 

 

  • Temporary partial disability payments when Wal-Mart provides a light duty job that pays less or offers fewer hours than the injured Wal-Mart worker’s pre-injury job. In our experience Wal-Mart will offer light duty work to an injured employee for anywhere from thirty days to ninety days. If you remain restricted to light duty after 90 days then Wal-Mart may ask you to take a leave of absence under the Family Medical and Leave Act (FMLA).

 

  • Permanent partial disability benefits for loss of the injured body part if you suffer an amputation injury or loss of use of the injured body part if you have permanent restrictions. You can receive these benefits even if you return to work for Wal-Mart or another employer.

 

 

  • Lifetime medical benefits for all treatment that is reasonable, necessary, authorized, and related to the Wal-Mart work accident.

 

  • Vocational rehabilitation, including retraining and job coaching, for injured Wal-Mart employees trying to get back into the labor force.

 

If you lost a loved one or family member in a fatal workplace accident at Wal-Mart, you may be entitled to death benefits under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act.

 

Social Security Disability for Injured Wal-Mart Employees

 

We can also help you get approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits if your Wal-Mart work injury causes limitations and restrictions that prevent you from returning to your pre-injury employment. As a Richmond disability lawyer and Charlottesville SSD attorney, Corey Pollard is here to help you get every benefit you deserve. All you have to do is call, text, or email us.

 

Sample Wal-Mart Workers Compensation Settlements in Virginia

 

  • We obtained medical coverage and a lump sum settlement for an injured Wal-Mart employee who hurt her neck, back, and shoulder when the machine she was operating stopped suddenly, causing her to jerk forward.

 

  • We obtained a lump sum settlement after a workers compensation hearing for an injured Wal-Mart distribution center employee who injured his knee when the machine he was operating malfunctioned.

 

  • We obtained lifetime medical benefits for a Wal-Mart employee who suffered a cervical spine injury when a box fell on her head.

 

  • We obtained a lump sum settlement for a Wal-Mart employee who suffered multiple injuries in a slip and fall accident.

 

  • We obtained a lump sum settlement for a Wal-Mart employee who injured his shoulder after being struck by an object while operating machinery.

 

We Represent Wal-Mart Workers Hurt on the Job at the Following Locations

 

Alexandria Walmart #2194

5885 Kingstowne Blvd.

 

Alexandria Walmart #2258

7910 Richmond Highway

 

Alexandria Walmart Supercenter #5753

6303 Richmond Highway

 

Alta Vista Walmart Supercenter #3768

125 Clarion Rd.

 

Appomattox Walmart Supercenter #4636

505 Oakville Rd

 

Ashland Walmart Supercenter #2795

145 Hill Carter Pkwy

 

Ashland Neighborhood Market #3880

9714 Sliding Hill Rd

 

Bedford Walmart Supercenter #1399

1126 E Lynchburg Salem Turnpike

 

Blackstone Walmart Supercenter #2645

1451 South Main St.

 

Bristol Walmart Supercenter #2089

13245 Lee Hwy

 

Burke Walmart #5227

6000 Burke Commons Rd

 

Chantilly Walmart #5969

4368 Chantilly Shopping Center

 

Charlottesville Walmart Supercenter #1780

975 Hilton Heights Rd

 

Chesapeake Walmart Supercenter #1841

1521 Sam S Circle

 

Chesapeake Walmart Supercenter #3644

201 Hillcrest Pkwy

 

Chesapeake Walmart Supercenter #1682

2448 Chesapeake Sq Ring Rd

 

Chesapeake Neighborhood Market #3299

475 Kempsville Rd

 

Chesapeake Walmart Supercenter #5253

632 Grass Field Pky

 

Chesapeake Neighborhood Market #3330

673 Cedar Rd

 

Chester Walmart Supercenter #1524

12000 Iron Bridge Rd

 

Chesterfield Walmart Supercenter #4476

14501 Hancock Village St

 

Christiansburg Walmart Supercenter #1292

2400 N Franklin St

 

Colonial Heights Walmart Supercenter #1424

671 Southpark Blvd

 

Covington Walmart Supercenter #2662

313 W Thacker Rd

 

Culpeper Walmart Supercenter #2136

801 James Madison Hwy

 

Danville Walmart Supercenter #1465

515 Mount Cross Rd

 

Dulles Walmart Supercenter #3639

24635 Dulles Landing Dr

 

Dumfries Walmart Supercenter #3588

17041 Jefferson Davis Hwy

 

Emporia Walmart Supercenter #2805

303 Market Dr

 

Fairfax Walmart #5880

11181 Lee Hwy

 

Fairfax Walmart Supercenter #2015

13059 Fair Lakes Parkway

 

Farmville Walmart Supercenter #1486

1800 Peery Dr

 

Franklin Walmart Supercenter #2705

1500 Armory Dr

 

Fredericksburg Walmart Supercenter #5343

10001 Southpoint Parkway

 

Fredericksburg Walmart Supercenter #4258

11 Village Pkwy

 

Fredericksburg Walmart Supercenter #2520

125 Washington Sq Plaza

 

Fredericksburg Walmart Supercenter #1833

1800 Carl D Silver Pkwy

 

Front Royal Walmart Supercenter #5105

10 Riverton Commons Dr

 

Glen Allen Walmart Supercenter #1523

11400 West Broad St Rd

 

Gloucester Walmart Supercenter #1759

6819 Waltons Lane

 

Gordonsville Walmart Supercenter #4682

164 Camp Creek Pkwy

 

Hampton Walmart Supercenter #1631

1900 Cunningham Dr

 

Harrisonburg Walmart Supercenter #1726

171 Burgess Rd

 

Harrionsburg Walmart Supercenter #2807

2160 John Wayland Hwy

 

Kilmarnock Walmart Supercenter #4350

200 Old Fair Grounds Way

 

King George Walmart Supercenter #5779

16375 Merchant Lane

 

Lexington Walmart Supercenter #1335

1233 North Lee Highway

 

Locust Grove Walmart #5731

2533 Germanna Hwy

 

Lynchburg Walmart #4697

3227 Old Forest Rd

 

Lynchburg Walmart Supercenter #1350

3900 Wards Rd

 

Madison Heights Walmart Supercenter #2565

197 Madison Heights Sq

 

Manassas Walmart Supercenter #1825

8386 Sudley Road

 

Manassas Walmart Supercenter #3573

9401 Liberia Ave

 

Mechanicsville Walmart Supercenter #1525

7430 Bell Creek Rd

 

Midlothian Walmart Supercenter #2808

12200 Chattanooga Plaza

 

Midlothian Walmart Supercenter #1969

900 Wal-Mart Way

 

Newport News Walmart Supercenter #1773

12401 Jefferson Ave

 

Newport News Walmart Supercenter #4623

6111 Jefferson Ave

 

Norfolk Walmart Supercenter #1811

1170 North Military Hwy

 

Norfolk Walmart Supercenter #5488

7530 Tidewater Dr

 

North Chesterfield Neighborhood Market #7174

5700 Hopkins Rd

 

North Chesterfield Neighborhood Market #3892

7000 Iron Bridge Rd

 

Norton Walmart Supercenter #1302

780 Commonwealth Dr.

 

Pearisburg Walmart Supercenter #2646

 

Petersburg Walmart Supercenter #2160

3500 South Crater Rd

 

Portsmouth Walmart Supercenter #3831

1098 Fredrick Blvd

 

Powhatan Walmart Supercenter #5847

1950 Anderson Hwy

 

Richmond Walmart Supercenter #3869

1504 North Parham Rd

 

Richmond Walmart Supercenter #2821

2410 Sheila Ln

 

Richmond Walmart #4191

6920 Forest Ave

 

Richmond Walmart Supercenter #2295

7901 Brook Rd

 

Roanoke Walmart Supercenter #3243

4524 Challenger Ave

 

Roanoke Walmart Supercenter #2312

4807 Valley View Blvd NW

 

Roanoke Walmart Supercenter #1301

5350 Clearbrook Village Ln

 

Rocky Mount Walmart Supercenter #2337

550 Old Franklin Turnpike

 

Ruckersville Walmart Supercenter #4638

135 Stoneridge Dr

 

Salem Walmart Supercenter #1309

1841 West Main St.

 

South Boston Walmart Supercenter #1345

3471 Old Halifax Rd

 

South Hill Walmart Supercenter #1934

315 Furr St.

 

Stafford Walmart Supercenter #2438

217 Garrisonville Rd

 

Staunton Walmart Supercenter #1344

1028 Richmond Ave C

 

Stuart Walmart Supercenter #3770

19265 Jeb Stuart Hwy

 

Suffolk Walmart Supercenter #1687

1200 North Main St.

 

Suffolk Walmart Supercenter #3214

6259 College Dr

 

Tappahannock Walmart Supercenter #1730

1660 Tappahannock Blvd

 

Virginia Beach Walmart Supercenter #3216

1149 Nimmo Pkwy

 

Virginia Beach Walmart Supercenter #2529

2021 Lynnhaven Pkwy

 

Virginia Beach Walmart Supercenter #1688

657 Phoenix Dr.

 

Warrenton Walmart #2437

700 James Madison Hwy

 

Waynesboro Walmart Supercenter #5117

116 Lucy Ln

 

Williamsburg Walmart Supercenter #3219

731 E Rochambeau Dr

 

Winchester Walmart Supercenter #1406

2350 So. Pleasant Valley Rd

 

Winchester Walmart Supercenter #3344

501 Wal-Mart Dr

 

Woodstock Walmart Supercenter #2647

461 West Reservoir Rd

 

Yorktown Walmart Supercenter #3265

2601 George Washington Memorial Hwy

 

Wal-Mart Workers Compensation Claims Issues Across the Nation

 

In Virginia it is illegal to fire an injured employee who files a workers compensation claim or an employee who agrees to testify on an injured employee’s behalf at a workers comp proceeding. This is true in many other states as well. But Wal-Mart was accused of doing just that in Cox v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Case No. 10-35729.

 

In Cox the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court ruling that had granted summary judgment to Wal-Mart in a case brought by an employee hurt at work in a fall. Cox alleged that Wal-Mart disciplined and fired her after she pursued her rights under Oregon workers compensation laws. Before the work accident Cox had received acceptable performance evaluations. But after invoking her workers comp rights, Wal-Mart disciplined her three times. The appellate panel found that a reasonable jury could find a causal connection between Cox’s assertion of her workers compensation rights and her termination.

 

In Colorado a U.S. District Court Judge approved an $8 million settlement in Gianzero et al v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:09-cv-00656-REB-BNB (U.S. Dist. Court Colorado). Gianzero was a class action lawsuit where injured employees alleged that Wal-Mart and Claims Management, Inc. conspired to interfere with the medical treatment of injured workers. As in Virginia, employers and insurance carriers are not allowed to interfere with injured workers’ treatment by medically managing the case.

 

Receive Help with Your Walmart Workers Compensation Case

 

If you’re a Walmart employee who was hurt on the job in Virginia – either at a retail store, distribution center, or while driving, we can help you with your workers compensation claim. Though we hope that Claims Management, Inc. and Wal-Mart treat you well after your accident, it’s possible that your work injury claim will be denied and you’ll have to file an appeal.

 

Whatever you do, don’t give up! Contact us today so that we can help you get every penny and all the medical treatment you deserve.