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Work Injuries to American Bottling Company Workers

Coca-Cola like many large employers in Texas do not subscribe to the state’s Workers Compensation Act insurance system – meaning Coca-Cola which operates through American Bottling Company with Dr Pepper and Keurig doesn’t adhere to this coverage program. 

Coca-Cola maintains its own insurance plan under ERISA, so employees who experience workplace injuries can bring suit against Coca-Cola directly for workplace injuries, without them claiming that state laws provide grounds to claim they were at fault or assumed the risk. 

Husain Law + Associates Accident Attorneys P.C. has successfully represented our clients against major nonsubscriber companies, such as Coca-Cola, H-E-B, Lowes Home Depot and Walmart. – Working Comp Claims against Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola Workers’ Compensation Claims

How do I know if I am an injured worker in a Non-Subscriber case? According to the Texas Department of Insurance, nearly 44% of Texas employers do not subscribe to workers’ compensation.

Large non-subscriber employers like Coca-Cola often cite several reasons for not purchasing workers’ compensation coverage:

High Premiums

 Workers’ compensation insurance premiums can be prohibitively expensive for many employers, leading them to seek alternative solutions. Better benefits management: Some employers believe they can provide better benefits and manage claims more efficiently than the state’s workers’ compensation system.

No Legal Requirement

Texas law does not mandate that employers carry workers’ compensation insurance, giving them the option to opt-out.

High Medical Costs

Medical expenses within the workers’ compensation system can be excessively high, prompting employers to seek other methods of covering these costs.

For employers that provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage, Texas law limits the employer’s liability for work-related injuries of employees. Non-subscribers, however, do not have these legal protections.

This means that if an injured employee files a lawsuit and proves that the injury was due to the employer’s negligence, the non-subscriber could be subject to high damage awards, including punitive damages and damages for pain and suffering.

The employer might also be required to pay defense-related legal expenses, such as attorneys’ fees. Non-subscribers also lose certain common-law defenses, including:

  • The injured employee’s negligence caused the injury
  • The negligence of fellow employees caused the injury
  • The injured employee knew of the danger and voluntarily accepted it

State Workers’ Compensation Laws

Each state offers workers’ compensation benefits systems designed to safeguard injured workers. Texas stands out as being one of only two states which do not require companies to purchase state-regulated workers’ comp insurance.

But employees still enjoy all their legal rights under state workers’ comp laws. Many Houston work injury attorneys do not fully grasp the distinctions between traditional workers’ compensation and nonsubscriber claims. 

Hurt On the Job While Working Your Shift at Coca-Cola?

Our work injury attorneys at Husain Law + Associates Accident Attorneys P.C. can help with: Guidance on immediate actions: After an injury, it’s crucial to know what to say and do to protect your rights. We provide clear instructions on how to report your injury and whom to inform.

Thorough investigation

 We meticulously investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury to identify all parties at fault. This includes reviewing safety records, maintenance logs, and company policies.

Gathering evidence and witness testimony

Strong evidence and credible witness statements are essential to building a solid case. We work diligently to collect and preserve all relevant information.

Securing medical and work records

Your medical history and work records play a vital role in substantiating your claim. We obtain all necessary documentation to support your case.

Negotiating with insurance companies

Insurance companies often try to minimize payouts. Our experienced negotiators strive to secure a fair settlement that fully compensates you for your injuries and losses.

Litigation and Trial Representation

 If a fair settlement cannot be reached, we are prepared to take your case to trial. Our attorneys have a proven track record of success in court. Appeals process: Should your claim be denied, we will guide you through the appeals process to ensure your rights are protected and pursued.

The Coca-Cola Company and Potential Injuries

The Coca-Cola Company is a major multinational beverage corporation that hires employees for various roles, including:

  • Cart attendants
  • Cashiers
  • Forklift operators
  • Machine operators
  • Maintenance workers
  • Stockers
  • Warehouse workers

Job duties can expose Coca-Cola employees to workplace accidents causing severe injuries, some of which include:

Types of Compensation You May Get

With the assistance of an experienced work injury attorney, you can navigate the claims process effectively. Here are the types of compensation you might expect:

Medical expenses:

This includes coverage for hospital stays, surgeries, rehabilitation services, medications, and any necessary ongoing treatments.

Lost wages:

If your injury prevents you from working, you may be entitled to compensation for lost earnings during your recovery period.

Permanent disability:

In cases of severe injury resulting in permanent disability, you might receive compensation for loss of earning capacity.

Pain and suffering:

Compensation for physical pain and emotional distress caused by your injury.

Punitive damages:

In cases of gross negligence, the court may award punitive damages to punish the employer and deter future negligence.

Travel and accommodation costs:

If your injury requires travel for medical treatment, you may be compensated for related expenses.

Contact Our Coca-Cola Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Now

If a workplace injury has had a devastating effect on you or a loved one, mainly nonsubscriber cases like those involving Coca-Cola don’t hesitate to contact us. At Husain Law + Associates Accident Attorneys P.C., our resources and expertise enable us to handle the case efficiently.

Our team comprises highly skilled personal injury attorneys with extensive experience advocating for clients’ rights in catastrophic injury claims. Contact us online or  call (713) 800-1200 now for a complimentary consultation. We are dedicated to offering unwavering advocacy and assistance during this challenging period. Let us fight on your behalf for justice and compensation you are due.

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