Cashier Injuries at Grocery Stores
When you go to work as a cashier at Publix, Winn Dixie, Whole Foods, or another grocery store in South Florida, you should not have to worry that you will get hurt on the job. However, cashiers can suffer traumatic injuries, as well as long-term overuse injuries as a result of their daily work requirements. If you are injured on the job while working as a grocery store cashier, you should know that the Florida workers’ compensation system may cover your health care expenses in addition to providing you with wage-replacement benefits while you take necessary time away from work due to your disabling injury.
An experienced Sunrise workers’ compensation lawyer can assess your situation and help you to seek the workers’ compensation benefits you need. In the meantime, we can provide you with more information about cashier injuries at grocery stores and details about initiating a workers’ compensation claim.
What Cashiers Do at Grocery Stores
Cashiers who work at grocery stores have a wide range of job tasks, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) underscores. Indeed, cashiers at Publix, Winn Dixie, and other supermarkets routinely are required to scan customers’ groceries and other products, take money from customers and make change, bag customers’ products when there is no designated bagger, process returns from customers, handle exchanges or reimbursements for damaged or defective products, answer questions from customers, check customer identifications for alcohol purchases, clean grocery belts, handle spills at the register, and count the money in the cash register.
Given that cashiers perform all of these tasks on the job, they are exposed to a wide range of injury risks.
Common Injuries Impacting Grocery Store Cashiers
What are some of the most common types of injuries impacting cashiers at Whole Foods, Publix, Winn Dixie, and other South Florida grocery stores? The following injuries occur with some frequency and can result in missed workdays and workers’ compensation coverage:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive-motion wrist injuries;
- Pulled muscles in the back or neck;
- Cuts and lacerations from handling products during checkout or from handling cash;
- Traumatic brain injuries and broken bones from slips and falls; and
- Assault-related injuries.
If any of these injuries occurs or another type of injury happens while you are working as a grocery store cashier, you should get help from a lawyer. You should also know that Florida law requires you to report your injury to your employer within 30 days in order to be eligible for workers’ compensation coverage.
Contact a Sunrise Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Anyone who has gotten injured on the job while working as a grocery store cashier should seek advice from one of the experienced Sunrise workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A. as soon as possible. Whether you work at a large grocery store chain like Whole Foods, Winn Dixie, or Publix, or you work at a smaller, local grocery store in South Florida, you may be eligible for benefits. We can begin helping you today with your workers’ compensation case and can advocate for your right to benefits through the Florida workers’ compensation system.