If you have an unfortunate accident at work, or become ill as a result of your job, it is comforting to know that your employer has workers’ compensation insurance. Not every employer is required to have this type of insurance, but big employers like McDonald’s will be required to take out insurance irrespective of the state.
A successful workers’ comp. claim can help you get through a difficult period. You should be able to recover the cost of medical treatment you have already had and any ongoing treatment, as well as compensation for part of any earnings that have been forfeited as a result of absence from work.
A workers’ comp. attorney is a useful standby if you hit any obstacles as you go through the claims procedure.
Company Profile: McDonald's
You would be hard put to find anyone who hasn’t either heard of a McDonalds or actually been a customer. In some places, many young people start their working lives as a cook or server in a McDonalds.
This huge international corporation was first established in 1940 in California, although it became the McDonalds Corporation under Ray Kroc in 1955. The corporate headquarters are currently in Illinois, but are expected to move to Chicago in 2018.
It’s hard to determine exactly how many employees work for all those restaurants, but it is has been estimated at over 1.5 million and McDonalds is thought to be the world’s second largest employer.
Hourly wages at McDonald’s
If you are injured or become ill while at work in a McDonalds, you are probably thinking of filing a workers’ compensation claim. Your average hourly earnings will then be used to calculate the wage component of your claim.
There is not much of a difference between hourly earnings at McDonalds. Even a restaurant manager doesn’t earn a lot more than a fast food worker. Three different categories are listed below to give a comparison. The actual amount earned may depend on location as well as the shift worked.
Many McDonalds are open all night and on public holidays as well. All figures given below are hourly rates listed by payscale.com and are valid for March 2017.
- Restaurant managers earn between $8.27 and $12.20.
- Crew leaders earn between $7.74 and $10.51.
- Cashiers earn between $7.32 and $9.91.
- Fast food workers earn between $7.25 and $10.12
Wage Component That Could be Claimed at McDonalds
When you file a workers’ compensation claim, your claim is divided into two. The first component is based on your total medical expenses, including an estimate of any future costs if these are anticipated. The second component is for lost earnings because you have had to stay away from work.
This is normally only a fraction of the normal wage you would be used to. The percentage varies slightly from state to state, but a rule of thumb is two thirds of the average weekly earnings that you would be expected to be paid.
For example, a fast food worker at McDonalds would hope to be paid between $5 and $6 an hour in compensation for each of the number of hours they would normally work in a shift.
You May Find a Workers’ Comp Attorney Helpful
If there are any problems with your workers’ compensation claim don’t hesitate to contact a workers’ comp. attorney. The attorney can provide useful advice about your legal rights, sort out paperwork and negotiate with both your employer and the insurer on your behalf.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against McDonald's, or any other company, you may not be entitled to any compensation.