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Injured on the job at Randalls or Albertsons? You may deserve compensation, and we can help you maximize your payout. 

At Husain Law + Associates — Houston Accident & Injury Lawyers, P.C., we have decades of experience for injured workers just like you. Let us help you get what you deserve.

Working in a busy Houston grocery store is no easy feat. One wrong twist or turn when working and you could easily end up with a debilitating back or neck injury that leaves you unable to work.

Thankfully, by law all Houston grocery workers at companies like Randalls or Albertsons are covered by workers compensation insurance. This system is supposed to provide critical benefits to employees who suffer injuries or illnesses in the course of their job duties, including:

  • Full coverage of all related medical costs – no copays or deductibles
  • Cash payments for any missed work time while recovering
  • Permanent impairment benefits if the injury leaves you disabled
  • Vocational retraining if you cannot return to your previous position

But collecting these benefits from Randalls or Albertsons is often an uphill battle. These corporate giants have teams of lawyers whose mission is to nickel-and-dime injured workers and avoid paying out rightful benefits. That’s where Husain Law + Associates can level the playing field. While you recover, we’ll take on Randalls or Albertsons on your behalf so as to ensure that you get the benefits you deserve.

What injuries are covered under grocery workers comp?

Any injury or illness suffered in the “course and scope” of your employment should be covered by workers comp at companies like Randalls or Albertsons. This can include:

  • Back and neck injuries from lifting heavy objects
  • Slips, trips and falls on slick floors or hazardous conditions
  • Repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel from constant scanning
  • Struck by falling objects, store racks or equipment
  • Injuries from violent incidents like robberies or assaults
  • Exposure injuries from toxic chemicals, mold or poor air quality

The injury does not have to be from a single sudden accident. If it stems from the duties and conditions you face every day on the Randalls/Albertsons job, it should qualify for benefits.

Can I get fired for filing a workers comp claim?

No, absolutely not. It is 100% illegal in Texas for any employer, including Randalls or Albertsons, to terminate, demote or retaliate against you in any way simply for filing a workers’ compensation claim for a legitimate work-related injury or illness.

Your job is protected under state law while you are out recovering. The employer has no grounds to punish you or treat you differently than any other employee just because you utilized your legal right to workers’ comp benefits.

Unfortunately, unscrupulous companies like Randalls or Albertsons sometimes look for underhanded excuses to fire injured workers who pursue claims. Perhaps shifting your duties unreasonably or writing you up over fabricated misconduct — anything to try to push you out.

If Randalls, Albertsons or their insurance company subjects you to any adverse action after your injury, you need to document everything and lawyer up ASAP. Husain Law & Associates has won multimillion-dollar sanctions and settlements on behalf of workers who faced illegal retaliation.

What benefits will I get from Randalls/Albertsons comp?

If your injury claim is approved, you should receive:

Medical Benefits:

100% coverage of all reasonable and necessary treatment costs related to your work injury or illness. This includes emergency care, hospital bills, surgery, medication, therapy and any other expenses your doctors deem appropriate. Zero copays, deductibles or surprise medical bills.

Income Benefits:

Ongoing cash payments while you are unable to work, equal to about 70% of your average weekly wage at Randalls/Albertsons. These temporary “indemnity” benefits should continue until you can return full duty or reach maximum medical improvement.

Impairment Benefits:

If your work-related injury or condition leaves you with a permanent disability or impairment, you are entitled to a lump sum settlement under workers compensation. The amount is based on your level of functional impairment.

Supplemental Benefits:

Additional weekly income payments may be available if your work injury leaves you permanently disabled and unable to earn 80% of your pre-injury wage after being cleared to work.

Our attorneys will ensure you receive the maximum amount you qualify for in each category of workers comp benefits. We pore over your earnings history and medical records to make sure no stone is left unturned.

My workers’ comp claim was denied. Now what?

A claim denial shouldn’t dissuade you from pursuing the benefits you rightfully deserve. The insurance company is simply trying to save money by pushing you around and betting that you will give up after the first “no.”

Husain Law + Associates has a whole legal arsenal we can deploy to overcome a denial from Randalls, Albertsons or any other employer:

Appeals – We will file an appeal and request a formal Benefit Review Conference with the state to get your denial overturned.

Negotiations – Our attorneys have decades of experience negotiating lump sum settlements with insurance companies after denials.

Hearings – At every stage, we will gather evidence, witness testimony and present extensive legal arguments before labor hearing officers who decide claims.

Bad Faith Lawsuits – If we can prove the insurance company violated Texas laws or regulations in denying your valid claim, we can pursue separate bad faith legal action with significant monetary penalties.

Formal Lawsuits – As a last resort, we are fully prepared to file a formal lawsuit in court and take the case before a judge or jury if needed to obtain justice.

Some workers become so demoralized after their initial denial that they simply give up and walk away from benefits they have every legal right to collect. With Husain Law + Associates by your side, you can rest assured we will never stop fighting until your Randalls or Albertsons claim has been fully vindicated.

The insurance company offered me a quick settlement. Should I take it?

Exercise extreme caution if Randalls, Albertsons or their insurance company comes forward with one of these early “compromise settlement” offers. Their goal is to push you into signing away your rights to future benefits for a lowball lump sum payment.

Before considering any settlement figure, you should have one of our experienced attorneys carefully review all the terms involved to assess:

  • If the dollar amount is truly enough to cover all expected future medical costs
  • Whether you are being shortchanged on compensation for any permanent disability
  • That you are not forfeiting any rights to file additional legal claims if needed
  • Scrutinizing the fine print for any hidden traps or substandard provisions

Many times we advise clients to reject these early lowball offers outright. Our lawyers have the resources and tenacity to aggressively pursue your full measure of benefits through the formal resolution process.

Should you ultimately decide to settle for a cash lump sum, our skilled negotiators will leverage every angle to maximize that settlement amount to its true full value. We never let employers like Randalls or Albertsons take advantage of our clients.

Randalls/Albertsons says my injury was a “pre-existing condition.” What now?

The insurance company will commonly try to claim any injury you suffer was simply an aggravation or recurrence of some pre-existing condition or earlier injury. Their goal is to avoid responsibility for covering your medical costs and lost wages.

But that alone is not grounds for your employer to deny benefits. Under Texas workers comp law, if your current job duties caused your pre-existing injury to flare up or worsen to the point you cannot work, that is still considered a valid workplace injury that must be covered.

Husain Law + Associates has successfully represented scores of clients whose employers tried to pull this “pre-existing condition” ruse. Through careful documentation and testimony from medical experts, we can prove your job functions at Randalls or Albertsons directly caused or aggravated the injury in question — thus mandating workers comp benefits apply.

From there, we can pursue separate legal action to recover any additional damages you may be owed beyond what workers comp covers.

Randalls/Albertsons says my injury was from “horseplay.” Is that true?

Another common tactic is for the employer or insurance company to try labeling your accident as stemming from “horseplay,” “violations of safety rules” or other alleged employee misconduct. The goal here is to brand your injury as self-inflicted rather than work-related.

But often these “horseplay” claims are gross exaggerations of innocent behavior. Maybe you were taking a brief stretch break, or engaged in minor joking around as so many people do to break up the monotony of a long shift. Such minor deviations from strict work duties do not invalidate your workers comp claim in any way.

Husain Law + Associates has decades of experience pushing back against these “horseplay” defenses. We will gather statements from co-workers and analyze video surveillance footage to accurately depict what truly occurred. If you were still being a reasonable, responsible employee at the time you got hurt, we will prove it.

The bottom line is that injured Randalls or Albertsons workers are entitled to the benefit of the doubt. It will take more than just flimsy horseplay allegations from an insurance adjuster to derail your valid injury case when we get involved.

Can I sue Randalls or Albertsons on top of workers comp?

In many serious injury cases, the benefits available through workers’ compensation alone are simply not enough to fully compensate the victim and their family for the long-term impacts.

That is where third-party personal injury lawsuits can come into play. Husain Law + Associates — Houston Accident & Injury Lawyers, P.C. will examine whether any negligence by Randalls, Albertsons or other third parties directly contributed to the hazardous conditions or workplace safety failures that led to your injury on the job.

If we can establish their liability, we can then pursue compensation above workers comp through a separate civil claim for additional damages like:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of future earnings capacity
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium for your spouse
  • Punitive damages in cases of gross negligence

While workers comp only provides limited benefits within a rigid framework, personal injury lawsuits have much higher damage ceilings. Husain Law + Associates — Houston Accident & Injury Lawyers, P.C. has secured numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts for clients whose lives were permanently altered by catastrophic on-the-job injuries.

We will leave no stone unturned in holding Randalls, Albertsons, and any other responsible parties fully accountable for the harm you’ve suffered and getting you maximum compensation.

What makes your law firm qualified to handle my claim?

Husain Law + Associates — Houston Accident & Injury Lawyers, P.C. is the ideal choice to handle your case because we have:

Experience – Decades of experience handling workers comp claims against major Houston grocery chains and retailers. We understand their strategies and how to defeat them.

Reputation – Our respected firm is known throughout Texas legal circles for our successful track record and history of landmark case victories.

Tenacity – We never back down from a fight with the biggest companies and insurance carriers. Aggressive representation is our calling card.

Resources – With a deep bench of skilled attorneys and an elite staff, we have the personnel and financial resources to take on any complex case.

Compassion – Your needs come first. With services like Spanish-speaking staff, flexible appointments, home/hospital visits and a client-first attitude, we cater our approach to you.

Contingency Fees – You pay no upfront costs for our services. Fees are contingent on us winning you a settlement, so there is no risk in hiring us.

Record Results – Over $100 million recovered for our clients in workers comp and personal injury verdicts and settlements over the years. We get results.

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If you have been injured at Randalls or Albertsons, it is important that you get all the help that you can as far as getting your compensation is concerned. Let us use our skills and expertise to ensure you get what you deserve. The call costs nothing and the consultation is free. Contact (713) 804-8149 today to get started on your case evaluation and let Husain Law + Associates — Houston Accident & Injury Lawyers, P.C. start fighting for you.

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