Workplace accidents are unfortunate but can happen anywhere. It can be stressful worrying whether you can afford to pay for unexpected medical treatment and cope financially with periods in which you are unable to return to work because of your injuries.
Fortunately, nearly every state makes provision for workplace accidents. You can normally obtain compensation for medical treatment, temporary and permanent disability, and some, but not all, of any lost wages through a workers’ compensation claim. A workers’ compensation attorney can help with legal advice at any stage of the claim.
FedEx Workplace Accidents
FedEx is a very large employer. It operates in over 200 different countries, in every state in the U.S., and employs over 300,000 people. Many employees work in FedEx’s main distribution centers, which tend to be very busy workplaces as well, as working on the distribution of parcels and packages by van and truck across the country.
The most common accidents involve lifting and carrying accidents, slip and fall accidents, and vehicle accidents on U.S. highways. Injuries range from strains and sprains, hernias, cuts and bruises, broken bones from falls, or from the impact of falling objects. More serious injuries result from highway accidents, such as injuries to the torso, spine, neck, head, and brain.
How Long Does a WC Claim Take?
The workers’ compensation process after a FedEx workplace accident will depend partly on FedEx company policy, its different insurance providers, and the state you are based in. In most states, you will file a claim with the insurer that provides FedEx with workers’ compensation cover. In a very few states, there may be a state owned insurance provider, and you may also find that there is more than one provider and the one you file your claim with will be specific to your role in the company.
The time limit for filing a claim is usually two or three years after the date of your workplace injury, depending on the state. This does give you plenty of time to prepare your submission. Although you do not need to prove that FedEx was to blame for the accident, you do need to show that your injury was definitely caused while at work and you must have proof that the amounts of compensation you are claiming are justified.
It is important to make sure you have all the documentation available that you need rather than rush your claim. Note that if the insurance provider denies your claim because you haven’t provided enough paperwork, it may take much longer before you finally get the compensation you need.
How a WC Attorney Can Help
An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you with initial advice and ensure you collect the sort of documentation that will help support your claim before you file it. If your claim is denied for any reason, you will find that a workers’ compensation attorney’s help will be particularly useful.
*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.