Hurt While Working for Kroger?
Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1883, Kroger is a national grocery store company that has grown to become the largest supermarket chain and the second largest private employer in the United States. With more than 2700 supermarkets, stores, pharmacies, and food processing facilities in 34 states, Kroger employs over 400,000 employees.
Kroger hires employees to work in many different roles. These jobs include: bagger; baker; cart attendant; cashier; clinic manager; forklift operator; machine operator; maintenance; manager; nurse; pharmacist; pharmacy technician; stocker; and, warehouse worker. Many Kroger employees are labor union members, which means their employment is governed by a collective bargaining agreement. In our experience the United Food and Commercial Workers Union represents many Kroger employees.
As a Kroger employee you may be asked to:
- Be exposed to a cold environment while replenishing stock in refrigerated areas
- Climb ladders, shelves, and stepstools to get inventory
- Keep the store clean
- Help customers take groceries to their cars
- Lift heavy boxes and packages from the delivery truck or from the back storage area
- Lift produce and heavy items while stocking shelves
- Repeatedly use your hands to complete tasks, which can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome
These job duties can expose Kroger employees to workplace accidents causing severe injuries. We’ve seen grocery store employees suffer a variety of injuries, from traumatic brain injuries to back sprains to fractured legs and ankles.
Slip and fall accidents are also common in grocery stores like Kroger because employees are exposed to:
- Wet and slick surfaces from produce, spilled products, elements tracked in by customers, and leaking refrigeration units.
- Ice and defects in the parking lot while helping customers load their cars or while retrieving shopping carts.
As a Kroger workers comp lawyer Corey Pollard can help you with every step of the process. This includes:
- Filing a workers compensation claim
- Conducting discovery to build your case for workers comp benefits
- Presenting your case at a workers compensation hearing before a deputy commissioner
- Negotiating a lump sum workplace injury settlement
If you were hurt while working for Kroger in Virginia, workplace accident attorney Corey Pollard can help you get the medical coverage, wage loss benefits, and permanent disability compensation you deserve.
Your Kroger Workers Compensation Attorney
A workplace accident can change your life. If you suffer serious injuries, then you may not be able to return to work as a grocery store employee. This can cause additional financial and emotional stress while you’re trying to recover from your physical injuries.
Because of its size, Kroger must carry workers compensation insurance for its workers (or self-insure). But obtaining these benefits won’t be easy. Kroger may hire a team of attorneys, insurance adjusters, and nurse case managers to defend against your claim.
Make sure that you obtain medical treatment as soon as possible, then report your accident to your supervisor. Your next step should be contacting Corey Pollard for help getting every penny and medical treatment you deserve.
We help injured Kroger employees who work at the Westover Dairy in Lynchburg, VA and Kroger grocery store locations in Abingdon, Appomattox, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Chester, Christiansburg, Clifton Forge, Daleville, Fairlawn, Harrisonburg, Henrico, Lexington, Martinsville, Mechanicsville, Midlothian, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Chesterfield, Rocky Mount, Salem, Staunton, Suffolk, Tabb, Vinton, Virginia Beach, and Waynesboro.
And if you’re unable to return to work for Kroger or any other employer, Richmond disability lawyer and Newport News disability attorney Corey Pollard will help you get approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.