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Filing a Dollar General Workers’ Compensation Claim in Houston

Dollar General is one of the largest employers in Texas. However, with thousands of employees at various locations across the state, work injuries are all too common.

If you work for Dollar General and suffered a work-related injury, you have options. An attorney could advise you of how to file a workers’ compensation claim against Dollar General in Houston. Texas does not require large employers like Dollar General to provide workers’ compensation coverage and many elect to be non-subscribers. A successful claim could reimburse your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages related to the injury. When an employer acts negligently and puts their workers at risk, they can be held responsible, so schedule a free and confidential consultation today.

Filing a Third-Party Claim Against Dollar General

Companies like Dollar General are known as non-subscribers in this state, meaning that it does not pay into the state’s workers’ compensation insurance fund. As a result, workers who are injured may be left to cover the cost of their medical expenses and other losses alone. One available option for pursuing compensation is by  proving negligence in a third-party claim.

In many cases, work accidents are caused by the employer’s careless actions, so the worker can pursue a civil lawsuit directly against the company. Everyday Dollar General workers get injured due to hazards including slippery floors, falling merchandise, and defective parts. Employers are obligated to act reasonably to prevent work injuries. To determine if you have a claim for negligence, a plaintiff should speak with a personal injury lawyer about filing a claim.

Recoverable Compensation in a Dollar General Claim

When an injured employee can prove that their work accident was caused by their employer’s negligence, they can recover compensation through a third-party claim. Likewise, if another employee’s conduct or a defective product contributed to the accident, the injured worker may have a claim. Compensation in a third-party work injury claim included economic and non-economic damages. An employee’s economic damages would include their medical expenses, lost wages, and other fees related to their injury. Non-economic damages account for pain and suffering and the emotional trauma of the injury. Specific damages might include:

  • Past and future bills for medical care
  • The value of lost income during injury recovery
  • Permanent loss of working capacity
  • Injury-related expenses, like home modifications, to account for a physical disability
  • Job retraining costs
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional and psychological distress
  • Lost overall quality of life

These are more extensive damages than could be recovered under a workers’ compensation claim, so in certain ways it may be preferable to file a third-party claim against Dollar General in Houston.

File a Claim with the Assistance of a Houston Dollar General Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

While working in retail may not seem like a dangerous job, many Dollar General workers suffer on-the-job injuries caused by preventable negligence. Under Texas’ unique workers’ compensation system, some work-related injuries may not be covered. However, even if you are employed by a non-subscriber like Dollar General, you still have a path to pursue compensation. A Houston lawyer can assist you by filing a third-party claim against Dollar General for damages.

If you have questions about a potential case or want to learn more about filing this type of claim, speak with someone from Schechter, Shaffer & Harris. Schedule an initial consultation to go over the details of your claim.

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