If you have been injured while on the job at Walmart, you have filed a workers’ compensation claim to receive benefits. Workers’ compensation includes medical benefits that will cover the costs of your medical care, plus it will cover a portion of your lost wages while you are recovering from your injuries.
You might be wondering how long it will take to settle your claim. While there are several different things that will impact your claim, you should get a response as to whether your claim is approved or not within a few days or a few weeks. State laws require that you are notified within a specified timeline.
Reaching a Settlement Agreement
Sometimes a settlement is reached. You will be paid a lump sum rather than receiving weekly payments. Your workers’ compensation attorney will help you negotiate a fair settlement with Walmart.
In many states, any settlement reached must be approved by the State Board. In those situations, after the State Board has approved the settlement it usually takes anywhere from 30 to 60 days for the insurance company to issue the payment.
Your attorney will be handling the matter, so he or she will stay apprised on the matter and will make sure that you are paid in a timely manner. After all, your lawyer will not be paid until you get a settlement.
Determining the Settlement Value
Sometimes a lump sum settlement is agreed to instead of weekly payments. Workers’ compensation benefits include payments that cover a portion of the lost wages while the injured worker is recovering.
Usually, this is about two-thirds of the regular salary up to the state allowed maximum amounts. In these situations, it will be determined the estimated time away from work that the worker can expect from this injury.
The weekly payment will be multiplied by the number of weeks the worker is expected to be out of work. A settlement is negotiated based on those figures. Sometimes future benefits are given up in lieu of additional funds being added onto the settlement amount.
As an example, you suffered a broken arm. Physicians say there is a 20% chance you will need surgery in the future. You agree to accept a set dollar amount for that surgery that you may or may not need, knowing the procedure will not be covered if you need it.
Consult With a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
You will need to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney if you have been injured while on the job at Walmart. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page to have your details shared with a workers’ comp lawyer.
A lawyer will review the details of your case, then tell you the best way to proceed with your claim. Your odds of your claim being approved and you receiving a fair settlement increase greatly with a lawyer on your side. A statute of limitations applies, so time is of the essence.
*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 Walmart, or any other company, you may not be entitled to any compensation.