Workers Compensation for Department and Grocery Workers in Nashville

Workers’ Compensation for Department and Grocery Store Workers in Nashville

Our Nashville workers’ comp attorneys provide strong advocacy for injured employees

Many people in Nashville shop at Target, Walmart, Macy’s, and many other department stores. Almost everybody in Nashville shops in at least one grocery store. Both types of stores have similar types of workers, such as the people who order the goods, the workers that take in the goods from the delivery trucks, the workers who stock the shelves, and the clerks who work the cashiers. At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, our Nashville department and grocery story workers’ compensation lawyers have the experience and resources to file workers’ compensation claims if you are an employee at one of these stores and if you suffered injuries while doing your job.

What types of jobs do department store and grocery store workers do in Nashville?

In the US, grocery store sales reached the $800 billion mark in 2022. There are nearly 40,000 grocery stores (including grocery warehouses) nationwide. While the number of department stores is declining due to more online purchases, there are still many thriving department stores across the country and in Nashville.

The main difference between department and grocery stores is that the turnover of goods at grocery stores is normally faster because many grocery store items are perishable and everyone needs to eat. Bigger stores obviously have more employees and more chains of command.

Every person who works at a Nashville department store or grocery store has the right to file a workers’ compensation claim if the store has at least five employees, the worker is an employee, and the worker was injured while working at their job.

According to Indeed, a job matching company, grocery store jobs include:

  • Custodian. A custodian helps to keep the store clean and presentable. The job is a manual labor job that involves sweeping, mopping, cleaning spills, waxing floors, and washing windows.
  • Shopping cart attendant. This person collects the carts that shoppers use to store their purchases and take their purchases to their cars.
  • Cashier. A cashier scans the purchases to determine their price, handles coupons, and handles the cash or financial transactions on behalf of the shopper and the store.
  • Food preparation. These Nashville grocery store workers prepare meals, ensure the food is fresh, and handle customer requests.
  • Bagger. This person places the purchases into bags – usually according to certain standards so the bags aren’t too heavy and the items match in some way, such as putting all frozen items together.
  • Floral assistant. Some grocery stores sell flowers and arrangements that are prepared by floral assistants. These workers may also handle the refrigeration of flowers and related items such as balloons.
  • Store managers and assistant store managers. These people help with the daily store operations. Some managers are assigned to specific parts of the store such as the bakery of liquor sales.
  • Stock clerk. This Nashville worker places the store inventory onto the shelves, helps with the unloading of the inventory, and organizes the stock room.
  • Pharmacists. Many grocery stores now have pharmacists and pharmacy aides on staff.
  • Butcher. These workers help cut and prepare the poultry and meat. They often use sharp tools to cut the chicken and meats.
  • Delivery drivers. Many grocery stores prepare shopping bags that are delivered to consumers who order their list of items online. Delivery drivers may also include drivers who transport inventory from one store to another.

Other grocery store workers include inventory control specialists, loading dock workers, IT staff, human resources, seafood specialists, bakery specialists, customer service representatives, and security workers.

Many of the jobs that grocery workers perform, such as stocking goods, store management, and retail work are also performed at department stores. Department stores also have professional buyers who decide what store products to buy and display. Department stores also emphasize marketing somewhat more than grocery stores. Security guards are more likely to be employed at department stores than grocery stores.

What injuries do department store and grocery workers suffer?

Grocery store work can be quite dangerous. Each type of worker has unique risks. All workers have many common risks. At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, our Nashville workers’ compensation lawyers represent workers with the following types of injury claims:

  • Slip-and-fall injuries. It’s common for grocery workers to slip and fall because there is produce on the floor, the floors are slippery due to rain tracked in from the outside or spilled liquids, or for many other reasons.
  • Back injuries. Stock handlers are especially prone to debilitating back injuries.
  • Fractures. These may be due to falls, vehicle accidents by delivery drivers, objects that fall from shelves, and other causes.
  • Cuts and abrasions. Food preparers and other workers often work with knives and other sharp objects to complete their job tasks.
  • Repetitive stress injuries. Cashiers and other workers who perform the same tasks every day may suffer carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, and other similar injuries.

Other common grocery store injuries include freezer burns, sprains, and strains. In severe cases, Nashville employees may suffer spinal cord injuries, thermal burns, electrical injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.

In addition to injuries, grocery store workers risk certain food-borne illnesses and infections.

Employees at department stores are generally likely to suffer the types of injuries as grocery store workers. Department store workers generally don’t work with the preparation of food. Many department stores work with huge and heavy items like furniture and beds which can cause more severe injuries. Department stores, unlike grocery stores, may have escalators and elevators that can cause deadly accidents, fractures, traumatic amputations, and other catastrophic injuries.

How do you fight for department store and grocery store workers in Nashville?

Many employees who work for department stores and grocery stores live paycheck to paycheck. For these workers, even a short time without a paycheck can be devastating.

Our Nashville department store and grocery store workers’ compensation lawyers work aggressively to:

  • Show that you are eligible for workers’ compensation
  • File your claim promptly
  • Work with your doctors to verify your injuries and explain why you can’t work
  • Verify your average weekly wages
  • Contest any effort by the employer’s insurance company to deny or limit your claim
  • Negotiate settlements
  • Attend mediations and court hearings
  • File appeals when necessary

How much is my Nashville workers’ compensation case worth if I’m injured while working at a department or grocery store?

Department and grocery store employees who have a valid workers’ compensation claim are entitled to:

  • Payment of all medical expenses while the employee is trying to maximize their health and all medical costs necessary to keep the employee’s from worsening after it has stabilized
  • Temporary wage loss benefits – 2/3 of the employee’s average weekly wages
  • Permanent wage loss benefits – 2/3 of the employee's average weekly wages.

Some reductions may apply if the employee is partially disabled or, in the case of a permanent disability, has an impairment rating of less than 100%.

If a loved one died, Tennessee authorizes the payment of burial and funeral costs up to preset limits. The worker’s spouse and dependent children can claim survival benefits in the amount of 2/3 of your loved one’s average weekly wages.

Do you have a Nashville department store and grocery store workers’ compensation attorney near me?

Rocky McElhaney Law Firm consults with workers at our two offices in Nashville: one at 545 Mainstream Dr. (Suite 105) and one at 615 Main Street, B21. If your injuries or illness prevents you from coming to our offices, we do make home and hospital visits. We also consult by phone or through video.

Our lawyers understand how scared you are. Your health and ability to earn a living are at risk. We’ll guide you through the workers’ compensation claim process step-by-step and fight for all the compensation you deserve.

Speak with our Nashville workers’ comp lawyers now

At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, our Nashville workers’ compensation lawyers understand the unique concerns and injuries that department store and grocery store workers have. We fight aggressively to ensure you receive quality medical care as quickly as possible and that your temporary disability benefits begin quickly as well. We’re skilled at all phases of a workers’ compensation claim – negotiation, mediation, hearings, and appeals. To schedule a free consultation, call us now or complete our contact form today. We have offices in Nashville, East Nashville, Hendersonville, Clarksville, and Murfreesboro for your convenience.

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Rocky McElhaney Law Firm
545 Mainstream Dr., #105
Nashville, TN 37228
Phone: (615) 425-2500

Rocky McElhaney Law Firm
615 Main St., B21,
Nashville, TN 37206
Phone: (615) 393-8585