Walmart is one of the largest employers in Texas, as well as in the United States. With 508 Walmart stores, 85 Sam’s Club stores, and 19 distribution centers, the company currently employs over 170,000 people in Texas.
Because they have so many employees, there are thousands of Texas Walmart work-related injuries every year.
Walmart employees work as cashiers, stockers, warehouse workers, truck drivers, maintenance people, and in many other types of jobs. With so many different kinds of work activities going on, Walmart employees suffer from many types of serious injuries.
Walmart workers’ compensation claims in Texas are different from those for most employers. Walmart is a self-insured employer and does not have normal workers’ compensation insurance.
They are what Texas calls a non-subscriber employer. Because of this, you cannot file a Walmart workers’ comp claim with the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission.
To get the benefits and compensation you are owed, you may need to first file a claim with Walmart directly. With most Walmart work injuries, Walmart pays medical bills and lost wages without a fight.
But sometimes Walmart will dispute the claim or not pay what’s owed. If this happens, filing a civil lawsuit against Walmart might be necessary.
If the actions of Walmart, another employee, or a third party are to blame for your injury, it may be in your best interest to file a civil suit to start out with, rather than filing a claim with Walmart.
Before you do anything, you need to speak to a law firm that focuses its practice on representing injured Walmart employees.
The Texas workers’ comp lawyers at The Zimmerman Law Firm, P.C., are here to help you handle every aspect of your Walmart work injury claim and protect your rights to receive compensation.
We can help explain the sometimes confusing process and advise you on how best to proceed in winning the benefits you deserve.
Common Walmart Work Injuries
We represent a lot of injured Walmart workers. Our clients have suffered from many types of injuries. Here are the more common Walmart work injuries that we see in our practice:
- Back injuries;
- Pulled muscles;
- Herniated disc;
- Bulging disc;
- Broken or fractured bones;
- Knee injuries;
- Wrist injuries like carpal tunnel;
- Rotator cuff injuries;
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), including concussions and skull fractures;
- Slip, trip, and fall injuries;
- Hearing loss;
- Scarring and disfigurement; and
- Torn and damaged ligaments and tendons.
These injuries can happen in a variety of ways. One of the main causes of Walmart injuries is lifting heavy objects or repetitive lifting.
Also, there are many warehouse injuries caused by falling objects, tripping, or forklift accidents causing crush injuries and broken bones.
Because employees have to stand for a long period of time, there are many knee, ankle, hip, and back injuries caused by prolonged standing on hard surfaces.
Many Walmart cashiers and stockers suffer from repetitive use injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
What Kinds of Benefits Are Available?
With a normal workers’ comp claim, you get wage benefits and medical benefits. This means that for every week that you are off work due to the injury, you should get most of your average weekly wages.
Also, all your work-related medical bills are paid by the employer. You receive these benefits no matter who caused the injuries. Even if you were negligent or careless and injured yourself, you still receive workers’ comp benefits.
A Walmart workers’ comp claim is not normal since they are a Texas non-subscriber employer. The benefits you will receive by filing a claim with Walmart will likely be less than you would receive under the state system.
However, you also retain the right to file a lawsuit against Walmart outside the Texas workers’ comp system if you can prove that their negligence or the negligence of one of their employees contributed to your injury.
The best way to get the full compensation you deserve is to hire an experienced Walmart workers’ comp lawyer and force them to pay.
If there is evidence that Walmart was negligent in causing the work injury, you will likely be able to receive more than you would by filing a claim with Walmart.
In addition to medical expenses and wage benefits, you could receive compensation for things like
- Pain and suffering,
- Mental and emotional distress,
- Loss of earning capacity,
- Loss of life’s pleasures, and
- Punitive damages.
Walmart will have a small army of adjusters, investigators, and attorneys fighting to not pay you anything. You deserve to have a skilled and knowledgeable team on your side fighting for your rights.
Can I Settle My Walmart Workers’ Comp Claim?
There is always the option to settle your workers’ comp claim or personal injury claim for a lump sum amount.
The amount of the settlement will depend upon the facts of the case, the seriousness of the injuries, and how much compensation you are owed.
You need to hire a lawyer who is very experienced in negotiating Walmart workers’ comp settlements. A law firm that focuses their practice on representing injured Walmart employees will know the amount of money that is fair and reasonable for a settlement.
Contact the Walmart Workers’ Comp Lawyers at The Zimmerman Law Firm, P.C., and Have Us Fight for What You Are Owed
Just because Walmart is a huge company, it does not mean that they can walk all over the rights of their injured employees.
With over 85 years combined experience, the Texas workers’ comp lawyers at The Zimmerman Law Firm, P.C., will fight for your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve.
We know what it takes to get a fair Walmart workers’ comp settlement. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation, give us a call at 254-272-3220 today. You can also reach us through our online form.