Injured At Your Retail Job?
It’s hard to ignore workers compensation attorney ads in St. Louis, but they all seem to involve construction employees. While it is true that construction workers have one of the riskiest jobs in terms of accidental injury and death, the retail industry is not as safe as it may seem.
Retail Industry Workplace Accidents
Retail employees face several risks on the job. While less common, risks are not unlike those associated with construction or factory work.
Many forget the risks employees face in the “backroom” of the workplace. Retail workers can slip and fall off a ladder, be struck by an object, get caught in machinery like a bailor or trash compactor, or be electrocuted by exposed wiring.
Some work injuries store employees face could be due to the strain of lifting merchandise day in and day out. Musculoskeletal disorders such as sprains, strains, or back pain can lead to astronomical medical bills.
Reporting Your Injury To A Manager
To a retail worker, telling a manager about a workplace injury or strain can be daunting. Unfortunately, injuries suffered by retail workers often are not taken seriously by their employers.
Retail employees aren’t typically paid much more than minimum wage, and potentially upsetting a manager is a huge risk. We understand that retail workers who live paycheck to paycheck may be afraid to lose their job if they say they’ve been hurt at work.
If you’re in this position, remember that store employees have rights. At Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to protect those rights. Don’t work through the pain and hope that it gets better. You must report your injury to your employer within thirty days to safeguard your right to workers comp benefits.
Pursuing A Work Comp Claim
In addition to reporting your workplace accident or injury, it’s important to seek immediate medical treatment. The doctor will assess the severity of your injury, and you may be entitled to reimbursement for lost wages and disability benefits.
When to Hire a Workers Compensation Lawyer
The fact is, most of the time, you can file a work comp claim without a personal injury attorney at all. Typically, lawyers will get involved only in particularly complex cases, or cases with severe injuries.
Don’t think that means you’re on your own. If you’re reading this page, we already consider you a friend of our law firm, so you’re more than welcome to call us for a free consultation at 314-444-4444. Our workers comp attorney can help you determine if hiring a lawyer would be right for your work comp claim.
Our Founding Partner, Josh Myers also authored a book on Missouri Workers Compensation. Whether you handle the claim on your own, or hire a lawyer to help you, consider ordering the Ultimate Missouri Work Comp Guide by Josh Myers. We offer this resource completely free to anyone who visits us online or calls our office. 314.444.4444.