While retail work may not appear to pose as many injury risks as jobs in other industries, the reality is that retail workers encounter a wide range of workplace hazards every day. Retail workers can get struck by merchandise falling from a shelf, trip over an object in an aisle, or suffer injuries from lifting. Store workers routinely have to lift heavy boxes and objects, which can lead to musculoskeletal injuries, including strains, sprains, back pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
In South Carolina, retail workers are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits for their injuries and illnesses suffered while on the job. If you were injured while working in a retail position and you are having difficulty accessing benefits, the South Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys at Joye Law Firm are ready to help.
We focus on helping injured retail workers in North Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Clinton, and the surrounding areas. Our highly skilled retail store workers’ compensation lawyers have helped many retail workers pursue the benefits they deserve after sustaining workplace injuries. As evidenced by our client testimonials, we care about every client who turns to us for assistance. Our attorneys and staff are committed to giving back to the communities we serve.
Call us today at (877) 941-1019 to schedule a free initial consultation, during which we can advise you on your best course of action.
Retail Employee Safety Hazards
There are many hazards in the retail industry that could cause retail workers in South Carolina to suffer a serious injury or even a fatal injury. Some of the most common hazards in retail stores include:
- Slippery or wet floors
- Falling merchandise from shelves
- Being struck by forklifts or other motorized equipment
- Cluttered aisles
- Improperly lifting or handling materials
- Fire hazards, such as exposed wires and improper chemical storage
- Poor lighting in parking lots or stairwells
- Repetitive movements
- Workplace violence
- Box cutters and other sharp objects
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Poor air quality
- Excessive noise generated by machinery and equipment
Joye Law Firm has extensive experience handling workers’ compensation cases involving hazards in retail stores. We can review your injury and the circumstances of your accident to help you determine if you may have a case.
Retail Employee Fatalities and Severe Injuries
When a retail worker dies, their dependents may be entitled to receive a designated worker’s compensation death benefit, including payment of reasonable funeral and burial costs. Family members are typically not able to pursue a wrongful death action against their loved one’s employer because of the limitations with the South Carolina workers’ compensation system. However, in special circumstances, it may be possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a third party that was responsible for a fatal workplace accident.
A third-party claim is a personal injury lawsuit against someone other than an employer who is liable for the serious workplace injury or fatality. Pursuing a third-party claim would allow the injured victim or the immediate survivors of a deceased worker to seek compensation not available under South Carolina workers’ compensation laws. The South Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers at Joye Law Firm will review your workplace accident and help you determine if a third-party claim is appropriate.