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Kohl’s Workers’ Compensation Claims in Houston 

Kohl’s is one of our nation’s largest employers, and is a popular and successful retail chain. There are over twenty Kohl’s locations in the Houston area alone, with many retail professionals and warehouse workers in Texas. However, some of these workers sustain serious injuries while at work due to occupational hazards. After suffering an injury at work, a Kohl’s employee might have to take time off work to recover and pay for medical treatment. Workers’ compensation benefits are intended to compensate employees for their injuries on the job but your employer might not have opted in to this program.

If you are looking to file a Kohl’s workers’ compensation claim in Houston, call Schechter, Shaffer & Harris before taking any action. Kohl’s is a non-subscriber, meaning it does not have to offer the statewide workers’ compensation program. Instead, workers can file a personal injury lawsuit against their employer for harm they suffered.

Common Work Injuries as a Kohl’s Employee

As a retail store, Kohl’s has many different locations and departments, including warehouses. During the typical shift, workers could face many potential hazards, including:

  • Negligent drivers in the parking lot
  • Hazards in the parking lot, such as potholes, loose curbs, snow, and ice
  • Wet floors and other slippery surfaces
  • Falling merchandise
  • Violent customers
  • Warehouse equipment
  • Harmful substances
  • Overexertion or repetitive motion injuries
  • Fires

While working retail is generally safe, work-related injuries are still common, especially in the warehouses with lots of merchandise or heavy machinery. Some examples of frequent workplace injuries Kohl’s employees report include:

  • Falls
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Eye injuries
  • Hernias
  • Burns
  • Electrocution
  • Lung injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Amputations
  • Wrongful death

If someone suffered a serious on-the-job injury at a Houston-based Kohl’s that would otherwise make them eligible for a workers’ compensation claim, they should call a lawyer to learn about their legal options.

Non-Subscriber Options for Kohl’s Employees

Those who suffer on-the-job injuries working for Kohl’s in other states besides Texas can obtain workers’ compensation benefits. Generally, injured workers can expect payment for all their accident-related medical expenses. If the employee is temporarily or permanently out of work, they can also expect to receive their lost wages in a workers’ compensation settlement. Depending on the employer’s policy, benefits are typically paid out weekly or biweekly.

Because Texas does not require these benefits, Kohl’s is a non-subscriber, meaning it can be harder to acquire compensation. Employees for a non-subscriber company like Kohl’s are not left unprotected from work-related injuries, as companies that choose to do this must still meet some requirements. When a company has a non-subscriber policy, it often does not offer permanent disability or death benefits to injured workers. However, they might be eligible for compensation through a personal injury claim directly against the employer or some other third-party.

Contact a Houston Attorney About a Kohl’s Workers’ Compensation Claim

You may not know how to proceed if you sustained injuries while working at Kohl’s due to their non-subscriber status in Texas. When you work for a company that has elected to opt out of providing workers’ compensation insurance to its employees, filing a claim for your injuries can be complicated but not impossible. You need a trusted attorney to advocate on your behalf. Contact our office to learn more about your legal rights and how to file a Kohl’s workers’ compensation claim in Houston.

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