Work accidents happen to Walmart employees every day.
Find out your rights by contacting an experienced work injury lawyer today.
Every day across America, a Walmart employee is injured, sometimes seriously. While filing a workers’ compensation claim as a part-time or seasonal employee or full-time worker at Walmart is similar to filing work injury claims at any other company in Georgia, Walmart’s massive size and depth of resources—coupled with the fact that Walmart is able to find light duty work for injured employees—create some important distinctions that often make claims less straightforward.
If you were injured while on the job at Walmart, it’s important you seek immediate medical attention. Then, report the accident and explain the injuries to your supervisor. Next, seek legal representation before you are asked to give a recorded statement to Walmart’s insurance claims adjuster.
Whether you work for Walmart as a sales associate, stocker, cashier, cart attendant, technician or manager, our Atlanta work injury attorneys can help make sure you receive maximum compensation for your work-related injury claim. With over 75 years of combined experience, we’ve helped thousands of injured workers get the compensation they deserve.
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Walmart facts and statistics
As the world’s largest company and private employer, it comes as no surprise that Walmart has the second-highest number of reported work-related injuries in the United States. Each day, more than 1.4 million people punch in and out for their shift at one of the more than 4,000 Walmart stores around the country. Walmart is also America’s largest grocery retailer.
In the state of Georgia alone, Walmart employs more than 60,000 people in over 200 stores—including supercenters, discount stores, neighborhood markets and Sam’s Clubs. Walmart also operates 7 distribution centers in communities throughout Georgia, including Monroe, Atlanta, Statesboro, Douglas, Carrollton and LaGrange.
During fiscal year 2019, Walmart reported a revenue of $514.4 billion.
Common injuries and accidents at Walmart
Walmart employees must perform many different jobs each day. Some people handle cashier duties while others restock shelves, empty trucks, wash and prepare produce or assist customers as a sales floor associate. Walmart also employs greeters, forklift drivers, cart attendants, bakers, truck drivers and warehouse workers.
Both new and long-time Walmart employees are at risk for a variety of injuries due to their physically demanding roles, including:
There are many other injuries not listed above that can befall a Walmart employee. Perhaps you were asked to perform work outside of your job description without proper training. Whatever you were doing when you were injured, it’s important to know that there is financial help available.
Regardless of the type of work injury you’ve suffered, you are entitled to full and fair compensation under state law. If you were injured on the job and are being denied workers’ comp benefits, our injury lawyer will aggressively pursue your legal right reimbursement as provided under Georgia workers’ compensation law. Learn more
What benefits are available to injured Walmart employees?
A variety of workers’ compensation benefits are available to injured Georgia workers, once their claim is approved. For starters, all of your medical care, prescriptions and rehabilitation costs should be covered by workers’ compensation benefits. Payment for vocational retraining and job coaching is also available.
In addition, an injured Walmart worker may qualify for weekly wage loss benefits that equal up to two-thirds of their average weekly wage. Lost wage compensation for work-related injuries varies depending on when the injury occurred and how serious the injury is.
- TTD. Temporary total disability payments are available if the injured employee has lost wages due to the injury limiting the amount of work they can do.
- TPD. Temporary partial disability is available to injured employees who were assigned a light duty job that pays less or offers fewer hours.
- PPD. Permanent partial disability benefits are usually awarded if the employee suffered the loss of a body part, or if they lost the ability to use a body part. Injured employees can still receive these payments even if they resume work at Walmart or decide to work somewhere else.
Lastly, if you lost a loved one to a fatal workplace accident at Walmart, you could be entitled to death benefits under Georgia’s workers’ compensation law. It’s possible to receive lump sum workers’ compensation settlements that provide enough financial assistance to cover multiple years of wage loss and future medical care.
How to get workers’ compensation from Walmart
After a work-related accident, seek medical attention immediately and report the incident to your supervisor or manager as soon as possible (preferably in writing). If you wait more than 30 days to report your injury, you may lose the opportunity to receive full benefits.Next, contact an experienced Walmart workers’ compensation lawyer who can guide you through the claims process and ensure you receive the maximum benefits you’re entitled to.
All personal injury and workers’ compensation claims involving Walmart are handled by a third-party administrator called CMI— or Claims Management, Inc.
Did you know that workers’ compensation rules vary depending on where you were hurt? For more information on workplace injuries and other frequently asked questions about Georgia workers’ compensation and disability benefits, visit our FAQs page.
The Criticism of Walmart CMI and its Impact on
Workers’ Compensation Claims
Walmart CMI (Claims Management Inc) is a third-party administrator that handles workers’ compensation claims for Walmart.
CMI acts as Walmart’s personal insurance adjuster by processing and investigating accident claims, and essentially doing everything within their power to save Walmart money by denying or reducing settlements.
If necessary, CMI will hire a workers’ compensation defense attorney to dispute a payout, which is why it’s important you have an expert on your side who can fight back.
CMI is responsible for managing and resolving work injury claims in a timely and efficient manner. However, some employees and worker advocates have raised concerns that Walmart CMI may be used to delay or deny workers’ compensation payments to employees who are injured on the job.
One of the main criticisms of Walmart CMI is that it may drag out the claims process in order to reduce the amount of money that the company ultimately has to pay out in workers’ compensation benefits. This can be done by denying claims, challenging the severity of an injury, or by delaying the processing of claims.
Critics also say that Walmart CMI may put pressure on employees to return to work before they are fully recovered from their injuries, in order to reduce the amount of time that the company has to pay out benefits. This can lead to employees working while still injured, which can further worsen their injuries and limit their ability to work in the future.
It’s important to note that it’s not only Walmart but many organizations use third-party administrators for workers’ compensation claims. It’s important for employees to be aware of their rights and to seek legal advice if they feel that their workers’ compensation claim has been unfairly denied or delayed by Walmart CMI or any other third-party administrator.
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Consult an experienced Georgia workers’ compensation attorney
If you or a loved one was hurt on the job while working at Walmart, it’s important to have help navigating the tricky waters of workers’ compensation law. A knowledgeable Atlanta attorney at Gerber & Holder Workers’ Compensation Attorneys can help you understand your case and fight for every dollar on your behalf. Don’t go up against a large corporation like Walmart alone. Take us along for the fight, and together we’ll do what’s right for you and your family.