No Safeway worker ever expects to be hurt, as typically supermarkets need to be safe for both customers and employees. However, when an unexpected accident does happen and you as the injured employee need to take time off work to recover you should be covered by Safeway’s workers’ comp. insurance.
This doesn’t mean you will always get the compensation you deserve, as claims are often denied. If this has happened to you it is important to contact a WC attorney who will lodge an appeal on your behalf.
Safeway – Company Overview
Safeway supermarkets were established in 1915. Their main aim was not to permit customers to get into debt when buying their groceries. Safeway was in 2015 taken over by Albertsons and is now one of its subsidiaries. It still has its headquarters in Pleasanton, California, while Albertsons is based in Boise, Idaho.
There are 1,308 Safeway supermarkets, employing 250,000 workers, which include those working for Albertsons. They are so many supermarkets that at some time or other workplace accidents are likely to take place.
Statute of Limitations for a WC Appeal at Safeway
There are a number of reasons why Safeway’s workers’ comp. insurer may deny your claim such as:
- you are unable to explain precisely how the injury happened;
- the insurer believes it’s an injury from an earlier accident elsewhere;
- you don’t come up with the correct medical documentation showing the nature of the injury and where it took place;
- you failed to inform your employer within 30 days of the accident.
A denial of your workers’ comp. claim doesn’t mean all is lost. You can still lodge an appeal but it must take place within a specified number of days after the WC claim denial. WC appeal time limits do vary quite widely from state to state, so it is important to know what they are. An appeal sometimes attracts a nominal fee. This can be waived, based on hardship grounds, depending on the state.
Why You Should Let an Attorney Handle Your WC Appeal
Safeway’s workers’ compensation is in place to protect you when an unexpected workplace accident takes place. If you believe that your WC claim has unjustly been denied, you may be able to file an appeal to help you get the financial compensation you both need and deserve.
You may have a far higher chance of winning your WC claim appeal if you hire a WC attorney to work on your behalf than if you lodged it on your own with no legal help at all. A WC attorney knows what evidence is needed to convince Safeway’s insurer to honor your WC claim so that you can recover from your injury while working at Safeway without suffering any financial hardship.
*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 Safeway, or another party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.