Injured At Work Beverage Distributor
Injured at Work Beverage Distributor: If you work for a beverage distributor, such as Supreme Beverage, Crown Distributing, Buffalo Rock or Coca-Cola, where distribution and warehouse work requires a lot of lifting, chances are you have suffered a job injury, probably several times.
Workers who provide for their families by working in such a business are not surprised to hear that workplace injuries occur at a higher rate in their profession than in the general economy, as they know that their work can be hot, and strenuous.
For many workers, immediately following their job injury, the worker did not file an accident report with his employer- as pulled muscles and sprains are part of the job. Only after a day or two (or weeks) of trying to deal with a pain that simply will not go away do they report their job injury. At this point a worker may be informed that they had waited too long to report/give notice of a job injury and therefore they are not entitled to any workers’ compensation benefits. This is rarely true.
In Alabama, a worker has up to 90 days in which to inform his employer about a job injury, and an oral report is just as valid a notice means as a detailed written report. Company policy cannot override law, so if your employer states that “…company policy mandates that all workers’ compensation injuries be reported within 2 days of the occurrence of said injury and since you did not do so you are not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits ” (which many injured workers have called to tell us over the years)-they are misinformed about Alabama’s Workers’ Compensation laws and they or their workers’ compensation insurance carrier are still responsible for your medical care and compensation for any permanent physical impairment. Regardless, it is always best to report a job injury as soon as possible.
Once you have provided notice of you job injury, your workers’ compensation claim should be opened and you should start. In Alabama, in valid workers’ compensation claims, an employer (through their workers’ compensation insurance carrier) must pay for (a) all of the workers’ reasonably necessary medical treatment, (b) reimburse the worker for mileage in driving back and forth for medical treatment or to receive medications; (c) pay the worker 2/3rds of their average weekly wage when off work pursuant to the advice of a physician treating them for their job injuries (until the date they reach maximum medical improvement) and (d) pay compensation to the injured worker for any permanent physical impairment sustained as a result of an on-the-job injury. In exchange for forcing the employer to bear the financial burden when an employee is injured at the job site, the injured worker gives up certain rights and benefits-including the right to compensation for pain and suffering.
If you have been injured at work while working for a Beverage Distributor and have questions about your and right to Alabama Workers’ Compensation benefits, don’t hesitate to contact Powell and Denny and speak with one of the experienced workers compensation lawyers and schedule a free consultation.
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Injured At Work Beverage Distributor