If you have been injured in a workplace accident while working for a large and important employer like FedEx, you could be able to obtain compensation for medical treatment and lost wages while away from work by filing a valid workers’ compensation claim with your employer’s insurance provider.
A claim is not automatically paid out, as you will need to provide evidence that the accident happened at work and that the compensation you have claimed is related to the specific injuries that occurred on the job. A workers’ compensation attorney can be helpful throughout the claim process.
FedEx Workplace Accidents
FedEx is one of the world’s largest couriers, serving over 200 different countries and employing 300,000 employees worldwide. Many FedEx workers are employed at the company’s huge distribution centers located across the U.S. or carrying freight between these distribution centers, airports, and client addresses.
Typical injuries sustained in distribution centers include strain injuries from heavy lifting, hernias, cuts and bruising from falling objects, injuries from contact with conveyor belts and warehouse machinery, and slip and fall injuries. While delivering freight, FedEx delivery drivers are at risk of a vehicle accident anywhere on the U.S. highway system.
What Sort of Evidence Should I Obtain for a WC Claim Against FedEx?
Ensure you enter a record of your injury at your workplace. This will be important evidence needed if you decide to make a claim. The next most important evidence will be doctor’s reports and diagnoses of your injuries, as well as invoices from whatever medical providers and EMS services were used in your treatment. The dates of these documents and the injuries treated must match what you have described in the initial injury report you made to your employer.
To be on the safe side, you should obtain statements from anyone who witnessed what happened when you had the accident. This may be witnesses at work or other motorists or police if the accident happened while in a delivery vehicle. If you were capable of taking photos of the accident scene, even if it is with just a cell phone, this can also help your claim.
If the accident happened because of faulty machinery, or because of conditions that were conducive to accidents in the FedEx workplace where you were injured, you may be able to get confirmation from a company-initiated investigation into the fault.
How a WC Attorney Can Help
You may find it very helpful if you contact a workers’ compensation attorney before submitting a claim to the company’s insurance provider. The attorney can advise you about the state specific rules on workers’ compensation, especially those that concern time limits for reporting the injury and the claim itself. Your attorney can also help you collect the evidence that you may need to convince the insurer that your claim is genuine.
If your claim is denied at some stage for any reason, you may decide to appeal the decision. This is when the legal expertise of an experienced workers’ comp. attorney will be of even more help.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against FedEx, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.