Employment at Costco often involves heavy lifting and a lot of time on your feet. This may subject you to severe injuries or illnesses while on the job. Trying to recover Costco workers’ comp can be challenging, but our lawyers can assist you through the process. Consider reaching out to our accomplished attorneys at Armstrong Lee & Baker LLP for more information on Costco workers’ comp in Texas.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is insurance coverage that allows employees to recover compensation for their injuries on the job. This can also cover an illness or occupational disease that arose in the course and scope of your employment.
What Is a Non-Subscriber in Texas?
In Texas, private employers may opt out or not subscribe to workers’ compensation insurance. Costco is one of these non-subscribers, and you will have to file for benefits through their policy. Often you will receive less compensation in a non-subscriber policy.
However, you can file a suit against non-subscriber companies for negligence. So you might recover more compensation than if Costco was a subscriber. Texas penalizes employers who choose not to purchase workers’ compensation. As opposed to actual workers’ compensation, when an employer is a non-subscriber they may be held responsible for not only the medical costs and lost wages but also for pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, and impairment.
If you need assistance filing your Costco workers’ compensation claim, would like to appeal your decision or are looking to file suit, contact our attorneys today.
Causes of Injuries While Working at Costco
Costco employees might sustain injuries or become ill on the job for multiple reasons. These include:
- Lifting cumbersome boxes;
- Having an item fall from a shelf and hit you;
- Getting into a warehouse vehicle accident;
- Slipping, tripping, and falling on items left in the aisles; or
- Falling off of a ladder.
If you have suffered injuries while working at Costco, you may be able to receive compensation. Get in touch with our attorneys today for additional information.
Common Injuries on the Job at Costco
Depending on your role, you could suffer various injuries due to the risks involved. Injuries that an employee at Costco might experience include:
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Neck injuries,
- Dislocated hips,
- Repetitive motion injuries,
- Electric or chemical burns, and
If you have sustained one of these injuries while working at Costco, consider contacting our attorneys. We will aggressively advocate for you and help you get the compensation you need for your injuries.
What Steps Can I Follow to Receive Workers’ Comp?
Notify Your Supervisor
You should report your injury, illness, or occupational disease to your supervisor as soon as possible. This way, there is evidence that you suffered injuries in the course and scope of employment, and your employer will have more difficulty disproving your claim.
Seek Medical Care
After reporting your injuries, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. When visiting your doctor, you should tell them you were hurt while on the job at Costco. Remember to ask for copies of any medical reports or treatment plans.
File Your Costco Workers’ Comp Claim
You ought to file your claim after reporting your accident to Costco. You will need to file through their private workers’ compensation insurance to receive compensation for your injuries. This compensation might include assistance with lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses. You should also review Costco’s most recent private insurance policy for information on Costco disability insurance available to you.
File an Appeal or Lawsuit If Necessary
If they deny your benefits claim, you should contact our lawyers about your options. We can help guide you through the appeals process to receive your benefits. If needed, our attorneys can also help you file a lawsuit to recover what you need.
How Our Attorneys Can Help
At Armstrong Lee & Baker LLP, our attorneys are here to advocate for your legal rights. Our Houston office has recovered several multi-million dollar settlements for our clients. The best interest of our clients is our number one priority, and our lawyers focus on achieving results. For assistance with your workers’ comp claim, please call our firm at 832-709-1124. You can also request a free consultation by using our online form.