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What Are Retail Employees’ Rights to Workers’ Compensation?

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What Are Retail Employees’ Rights to Workers’ Compensation?Though they may not have the most dangerous job, retail employees have a high rate of work-related injuries. You are less likely to suffer a catastrophic injury while working at a retail store than working for a construction company, but labor studies suggest that retail workers have a higher injury rate than construction workers. If you have suffered an injury from retail work, you have the right to request workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical expenses and missed pay from the time you are forced to take off from work. Your employer is not allowed to retaliate against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim.

Retail Injuries

Many retail stores require their employees to perform physical tasks that can result in injury. For example:

  • A customer has spilled a drink or tracked water into the store, and you slip on the liquid because you did not notice it.
  • The repetitive strain from lifting heavy objects causes chronic muscle pain.
  • You accidentally cut yourself with a knife while opening a box.
  • You are involved in a forklift accident while working in the stockroom.
  • You are hit by a car while collecting shopping carts from a parking lot.

It does not matter who was at fault for your injury or whether you could have avoided the injury. If you are injured while you are working for your employer, you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.

Why You Should File a Claim

Many retail employees discourage themselves from filing a workers’ compensation claim even though it could help them. They may be afraid to miss time at work or anger their employer by requesting workers’ compensation. Instead, they continue to work while tolerating the pain. Do not dismiss your right to workers’ compensation benefits:

  • If your employer retaliates or threatens to retaliate against you for filing a claim, you can file a retaliatory discharge claim against your employer.
  • Your injury could worsen if you do not treat it or take the necessary time off to recover.
  • Your employer could fire you if your work performance declines because of an undisclosed injury.

Contact a Crystal Lake, Illinois, Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Sometimes, employers do not object to a workers’ compensation claim and cooperate with their employee. Other times, employers or their insurers will fight against a claim. A McHenry County workers’ compensation attorney at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, will help you file and prove your claim. To schedule a free consultation, call 815-338-3838.



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