If you are employed in one of Lowe’s thousands of warehouses across the country at some time or other you may get injured just undergoing your usual job. There are many hazards that could cause an injury while moving heavy hardware items from place to place. Some injuries may be so serious that you need medical treatment and time off work to recover.
Fortunately, Lowe’s provides workers’ compensation cover for its employees if they have the misfortune to be injured in an unexpected accident. Workers’ comp. is a no fault insurance, but Lowe’s insurers may at times make it hard to win a claim so it’s important to get a workers’ comp. attorney involved as soon as possible.
Lowe’s Company Profile
Lowe’s opened large home improvement store was first opened in 1978 in Atlanta, Georgia. This was Lowe’s first but not for long because over the decades following it grew and grew until it became the second biggest retailer for the selling of home improvement products.
Today it boasts 2,370 outlets and employs over 300,000 workers in a variety of different jobs in its warehouses. These include shelf fillers, forklift drivers and workers unpacking hardware items.
Common Injuries in a Lowe’s Warehouse
In a warehouse such as a Lowe’s many of the goods are heavy and need forklifts to help move them from one place to another. The forklift may drop cartons causing trip and fall hazards in the warehouse. The sorts of injuries from this sort of accident include:
- traumatic brain injuries when tripping and falling and striking one’s head on the corner of a shelf;
- back injuries such as a herniated disc when falling backwards;
- broken limbs when run over by a forklift carrying cartons of hardware products.
All these types of injuries may involve long term medical treatment and time recovering at home. This is when you will need workers’ comp. the most.
The Process for Filing a Workers’ Comp. Claim at Lowe’s
As soon as you are injured you need to report the incident to your Lowe’s warehouse supervisor. It would be useful also to ensure some of your work colleagues can vouch that the accident and injury really happen to you at work.
One of the problems Lowe’s employees often encounter is that the company’s workers’ comp. insurers aren’t convinced the accident happened in a Lowe’s warehouse so you will need proof when filing a workers’ comp. claim. As workers’ compensation is a no fault insurance it shouldn’t matter who or what caused the accident; you should be entitled to receive workers’ comp. This should cover you for medical treatment and a percentage of your wages while you are off work.
You May Need a Workers’ Comp. Lawyer
To make claiming your workers’ compensation easier it’s important to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who will present your claim to Lowe’s workers’ compensation insurer. This will ease the worry for you and allow you stress free recovery time. Fill out the Free Case Evaluation to speak with a lawyer.
*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 Lowe’s, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.