Home Depot Workplace Injuries
Home improvement stores like The Home Depot employ a wide range of workers in various capacities, and many workers remain in these jobs for years. At the same time, home improvement retail environments can also be extremely dangerous places to work, and employees routinely sustain injuries in a wide variety of ways. It is important for any injured Home Depot worker in South Florida to know that a workplace injury can be compensable through the Florida workers’ compensation system. You do not need to prove negligence, and you can be eligible to obtain coverage for your medical care, along with wage replacement benefits that help to cover your lost wages while you are unable to work because of your injury. Our Pompano Beach workers’ compensation attorneys are here to help.
Learning More About Home Depot Types of Jobs Where Injuries Happen
Home Depot and other home improvement stores employ people in many types of jobs with distinct workplace duties, from behind-the-scenes work in management and corporate jobs to retail and warehousing positions that involve frequent contact with goods and customers. According to Home Depot, the following are types of jobs for which employees are commonly hired:
- Driving and delivery;
- Cashier positions;
- Technology and cybersecurity;
- Retail sales associates;
- Design work;
- Freight and receiving;
- Lumber; and
There are more than 2,000 Home Depot stores nationwide, and it is the largest home improvement retailer in the world. Home Depot has dozens of retail locations in Florida alone, including many retail stores in South Florida specifically.
Common Causes of Home Depot Work Injuries
In the jobs described above, workers can sustain injuries in many different types of circumstances. In some cases, negligence may play a role in the injury. Regardless, injured workers can often be eligible for workers’ compensation coverage without needing to show any proof of liability. The following are some frequent causes of Home Depot work injuries in South Florida:
- Slips, trips, and falls, which can occur due to liquid spills in the store (from paints, cleaning products, and other liquids) or debris on the floor (such as sawdust near the cutting station);
- Falling boxes and products, which can happen when shelves are not stocked properly or are unstable;
- Falls from heights, typically from ladder in the store;
- Lacerations from cutting station injuries;
- Power tool accidents, which can involve saws and other tools, and injuries may result in traumatic amputations;
- Improper lifting techniques, which can result in overexertion injuries;
- Prolonged and sustained use of a power tool or computer/keyboard, which may lead to overuse injuries; and
- Forklift injuries, which can harm the forklift driver or a worker near the forklift who is struck by or crushed.
As we mentioned, injuries may include traumatic amputations and lacerations, as well as traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, neck injuries, back injuries, and more.
Contact a Pompano Beach Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Do you need help seeking workers’ compensation benefits after a Home Depot employment injury? One of the experienced Pompano Beach workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A. can speak with you today.