Home Depot is a large chain of home improvement stores that employs thousands of workers across the country. In the Atlanta area alone, they employ roughly 10,000 people. This huge employer certainly has its fair share of workers’ compensation claims, because even the most careful workers are bound to have an accident periodically. You are entitled to certain benefits from the workers’ compensation system as a Home Depot employee. Learn more about these benefits by reading on.
What are the benefits available in workers’ compensation cases against Home Depot?
The benefits that you can receive for your work injury depend on your specific circumstances. You might be able to obtain:
- Medical care. The is the most common benefit available to workers who are injured on the job. Medical attention often includes things like doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, surgery, follow-up treatment, and more. As long as medical care is related to your work injury, Home Depot should cover it for you.
- Weekly wage replacement. You can receive a portion of your average weekly wages while you are going through treatment and are unable to work. If you can work fewer hours or a lower paying position while you recover, you might be able to get additional benefits as well.
- Permanent disability payments. If your work injury affects your ability to work in the future, then you may be entitled to additional benefits as well. For example, if you injured your hand and had to have surgery, you may not ever gain complete movement back in your hand. Workers’ comp will provide you with some money damages to account for this type of loss.
What types of injuries at Home Depot will workers’ compensation cover?
Home Depot employees do a wide range of tasks that could lead to injuries—from mixing paint to hauling heavy home improvement equipment. Below are just a few examples of injuries that might trigger a workers’ compensation claim:
- Slipping on the floor in the store or garden area
- Hurting your arms, shoulders, back, etc. from repeated lifting and hauling
- Falling from ladders or other high locations while restocking or taking down products or equipment
- Cutting your hands while cutting carpet or blinds to order
- Being involved in a car accident while hauling products or equipment for Home Depot
- Suffering harm from falling products or other objects
- Being hit by large equipment like forklifts or trucks
Regardless of how your injury occurred, report the incident to your supervisor right away. Talking to a manager about it immediately will help you get the medical attention you need as soon as possible, which can have a significant impact on your chances for recovery—and your legal claim.
Learn More About Your Legal Options
If you aren’t sure if you have a legal claim or if you think Home Depot isn’t giving you all of the benefits you are entitled to receive, you need to speak with John Foy & Associates. We can examine your case and help you determine if you have additional benefits available to you. Fill out the form to your right or call us at 404-400-4000 to get your FREE consultation today.