States typically demand that most employers, including Publix, carry workers’ compensation insurance so that employees are not burdened with the cost of medical treatment and loss in wages when they are involved in a workplace accident.
There are many accidents a Publix worker could be involved in such as slipping on a slippery floor in the storeroom and lifting heavy objects leading to back and neck injuries. Cashiers may suffer from repetitive stress injuries as they are involved in certain movements every day.
Despite these accidents happening Publix’s insurers do not always choose to award workers’ compensation. When this happens to you it may be possible to lodge an appeal. You should ask a WC attorney to guide you through this often difficult process and win a worker’s compensation claim that is rightfully yours.
Publix – Company Overview
Publix Super Markets has its headquarters in Lakeland, Florida. It is a chain of grocery stores with approximately 1,100 locations throughout the United States. It employs around 179,000 workers. These are typically cashiers, warehouse workers, stockers and management professionals.
It was founded by George W. Jenkins in 1930. Today, it is a private corporation that is completely owned by past and present employees as well as all the members of the Jenkins family.
Statute of Limitations for a WC appeal Claim at Publix
Most states set a statute of limitations for both WC claims and appeals for denied claims. The statute of limitations for a WC claim is typically 12 to 24 months, depending on the state. The statute of limitations for a denial may be as short as 30 days from the date the denial was received.
An appeal is usually a series of steps in which there is a time limit imposed on each step. The appeal may be successful at any of the steps, depending on why the denial took place and the skills of your attorney in presenting your case.
Companies like Publix may fix other requirements before approving a workers’ compensation claim. A common one is agreeing to be tested for the presence of alcohol or drugs after the accident took place. Sometimes, refusing to do this may prevent you from getting workers’ compensation. WC insurers often look for the smallest reason for denying a WC claim.
Why You Should Let an Attorney Handle Your WC Appeal
The process for filing a WC claim is not the easiest, but if you are entitled to the claim without a doubt you should be covered for the cost of medical treatment and any loss of wages. If your claim is denied you could fall into serious financial hardship and that is why you will need the help of a workers’ comp. attorney to lodge an appeal on your behalf. A WC attorney will know what evidence is vital to put your WC claim back into the picture and will work hard to ensure you get your entitlements.
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Publix, or another party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.