Big Lots Worker Injuries
Big Lots stores in South Florida employ workers in various retail capacities, as well as in corporate, transportation-related, and warehousing jobs. Big Lots starts as a closeout store, and it remains a discount retail chain in Florida and across the country. Regardless of the type of position a Big Lots employee has, they can sustain serious job-related injuries. When an injury occurs while a person is working for Big Lots, it is important to get started on a workers’ compensation claim. A Pompano Beach workers’ compensation lawyer at our firm can tell you more about Big Lots injuries and the initial steps you should take in order to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in South Florida.
Common Job Duties for Big Lots Employees
To understand how employees get injured on the job while working for Big Lots, it is important to understand the various kinds of positions held by workers and their related job duties.
Employees who work in Big Lots retail stores have a wide range of tasks from managing cash registers to arranging and moving large products in the furniture and electronics sections, stocking shelves, interacting with customers, working with various household and health products, and more. Big Lots employees also work behind desks in corporate positions, transport goods, and warehousing duties that can involve packing and shipping products, receiving products, processing goods, and loading trucks.
Types of Work Injuries at Big Lots Stores
At Big Lots, employees in the positions discussed above can sustain a wide range of injuries, from slip and fall injuries in an office or retail store environment to repetitive motion and overuse injuries among retail store and warehousing employees, to severe harm in transportation-related accidents for truck drivers. Common injuries include but are not limited to:
- Brain injuries caused by falls and truck crashes;
- Wrist and back injuries resulting from repetitive motions;
- Back and neck injuries caused by overuse;
- Cuts and lacerations caused by encounters with products or machinery, or in truck crashes; and
- Broken bones caused by encounters with products or machinery, or in truck crashes.
Depending upon the type and severity of a workplace accident, a Big Lots employee could lose temporary or permanent use of a body part, in which case they may be eligible for additional disability compensation under Florida law.
Initial Steps to Take for Compensation
Any work injury at a Big Lots store or while working for Big Lots should be reported to the employer (or supervisor) as soon as possible. Injuries must be reported within 30 days, with limited exceptions, for them to be compensable under the Florida workers’ compensation system.
Injured employees should also seek medical attention from an approved provider and should get in touch with a lawyer who can assist with their case.
Contact Our Pompano Beach Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Were you injured on the job while employed by a Big Lots store? You may be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits to cover various losses you have experienced. One of the experienced Pompano Beach workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A. can speak with you today about getting started on your workers’ compensation case.