Injured Grocery Store Clerks, Store Managers And Stock Room Workers: Claim Compensation
The job category of “retail workers” includes a range of positions, including:
- Entry-level cash register operators
- Long-time employees
- Managers, customer service representatives and stock room workers
You may have been injured on the job at a supermarket, hardware store, home improvement store, clothing store or big box discount retailer. Your injury may have been a result of falling merchandise or fixtures, a slip-and-fall hazard, repetitive stress or exposure to an infectious disease such as COVID-19. Whatever dangerous conditions or situation caused you harm, you deserve to know about and recover all compensation due to you through:
- Workers’ compensation
- Third-party liability (if applicable)
- Any applicable private accident insurance that you may have
Is COVID-19 Considered An Occupational Disease For Workers’ Compensation Purposes?
In the area of workers’ compensation, the state of Minnesota has determined that front-line workers such as firefighters, health care workers and certain child care workers who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 after early April 2020 can presume that it was an occupational disease. These workers may then receive medical treatment, financial support and/or vocational rehabilitation.
Steps Toward Recovery For Injured Retail Workers
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) also leaves open the possibility that other types of workers, such as retail workers, can “claim a workers’ compensation injury or occupational disease if they believe their illness is due to their employment.” (Source: DLI’s website).
The agency also declares that an employee who believes they became ill with COVID-19 as a result of exposure at work should notify their employer. They can also call Department of Labor and Industry for assistance. We would add another step to protect one’s rights: Contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
To ensure that you follow all the proper steps necessary to maximize your recovery of compensation after falling ill with COVID-19 as a retail worker, turn to a trusted workers’ compensation attorney at Atkinson Law Office, P.A. Our Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area law firm can help you file a claim, appeal a denial, or appeal a decision for you to return to work prematurely.
Start Getting Answers In A Free Consultation
Our Minnesota workers’ compensation law firm has earned a strong reputation. We treat clients with respect, answer questions clearly, work cases hard and get results. To learn how we can assist you after you contracted COVID-19 or were otherwise injured on the job at a retail outlet, contact us today. Initial consultations are free. Call 651-333-3636 or inquire online.