Walmart Work Injuries
Florida is the state with the second-highest number of Walmart stores in the country, accounting for 7 percent of all Walmart stores nationwide. With such a large number of Walmart stores in the state, and in South Florida, there are also a significant number of people who work for Walmart at these various locations. According to Walmart’s corporate data, as of FY2023, Walmart employed more than 2 million employees throughout the world and 1.6 million people in the US alone. Walmart has over 300 stores in Florida that perform in-store work with customers in-person, handle online orders and pickups, and more.
Employees at Walmart stores can sustain on-the-job injuries in a wide variety of ways, and many of those employees can be eligible to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. Our Sunrise workers’ compensation lawyers can tell you more about injury risks at Walmart stores in South Florida and options for seeking benefits to pay for medical care, lost wages, and more.
Learning More About Walmart and Injury Risks for Employees
Like other large big-box stores, Walmart also has a variety of departments with employees in each of them. Those departments include grocery, clothing and shoes, home and furniture, appliances, patio and garden, electronics, auto and tires, baby, pets, toys, sports and outdoors equipment, beauty, personal care, pharmacy, home improvement, school and office supplies, arts and crafts, music and vinyl, books, and more.
Given the wide range of products and services available through Walmart, employees perform many different types of tasks and job duties that can come with distinct injury risks. Common sources of injury impacting Walmart employees include but are not limited to:
- Overexertion and repetitive stress injuries from cashier work, stocking, bagging, and cleaning;
- Sprains, strains, broken bones, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) caused by slip, trip, or fall injuries caused by objects in the walkway or slick floors or liquid spills;
- Cuts and lacerations caused by handling boxes or products, or preparing foods at deli counters in the grocery area;
- Toxic exposure injuries resulting from cleaning or automotive work, or working in a store with environmental hazards like asbestos;
- Injuries caused by assaults from customers.
How to Seek Workers’ Compensation Benefits
When a work injury happens at a Walmart store, it is essential to report the injury to your employer as soon as you can. Florida law requires injured workers to report their injuries to their employer within 30 days from the date it occurs, but you can and should report sooner if possible. You will also need to seek immediate medical care. For non-emergency care, you will need to see an approved provider for all appointments. When an injury requires emergency care, an initial visit does not need to be with an approved provider, but subsequent medical appointments do need to be with an approved provider.
Contact a Sunrise Workers’ Compensation Attorney for Assistance
Were you injured while working at a Walmart store in South Florida? An experienced Sunrise workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A. can talk with you today about your injury and can begin working with you to seek workers’ compensation benefits. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us for assistance.