What Evidence Do I Need for My Case Against Kroger?*

Supermarket workers are at risk of a number of possible workplace related injuries. They can obtain help with the cost of medical treatment and compensation for lost wages if they file a claim for workers’ compensation. In most states this is a compulsory type of insurance which all large employers like Kroger provide for their employees.

Workers’ comp. is never guaranteed, as insurers tend to need convincing that an injury that a worker claims for is a genuine workplace related injury. It is best to have convincing evidence available that proves where and when the injury happened and how much it is likely to cost in medical expenses and lost earnings. A workers’ compensation lawyer is always ready to help prepare a suitable claim.

Accidents at Kroger

Kroger is one of America’s largest chains of supermarkets with thousands of stores nationwide and tens of thousands of employees. Workers are exposed to different sorts of accident risks depending on where they work in an individual store. All workers could slip, trip and fall over anywhere in the store.

These common accidents may result in anything from simple cuts and bruises to broken bones, spinal and brain damage. Workers may also suffer back injuries from lifting heavy items in the warehouse, crushing injuries when handling machinery in the same area or injuries caused by faulty equipment including fork-lifts.

Some employees work as delivery drives and are at risk of traffic accidents. These can cause serious injuries like brain damage, spinal damage, cuts to the face, broken bones, including ribs, and internal organ damage if ribs or other sharp objects penetrate into the body.

Evidence You Should Collect

As soon as you can after an accident at Kroger, you should report any injury to your immediate supervisor. It is important that this is officially recorded by the company, otherwise it may be difficult to obtain workers’ compensation when you file a claim later.

It is worthwhile asking anyone who saw you having an accident, especially fellow store workers, to provide a written statement or offer to provide an oral recording of what they saw happen.

Photos can be useful and it is possible that in store video footage may have captured the accident in which you were injured.

You will need the doctor’s report giving an assessment and recommendations for your injury as well as as much evidence as possible of what it has cost you for medical treatment including tests and scans, fees, hospital treatment, medication, anesthesia, ambulance and surgery.


How a Workers’ Comp Lawyer Can Help

You will find that you have a better chance of obtaining the correct amount of compensation if you use a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer throughout the claim process. They will be able to provide a realistic assessment of your claim chances, give suggestions for collecting evidence and can help with an appeal if your claim is denied for any reason.

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*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 Kroger, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.