Virginia Store Employee Injured During Break, Sought Workers Comp Benefits

By Peter DePaolis

One day, a 65-year-old cashier at a corporate grocery store was bagging groceries when her manager told her it was time for her break. She took her purse with her and headed to the back of the store, maneuvering past a shopping cart. Her purse got caught on a hook hanging from a shelf, causing the elderly cashier to lose her balance and fall.

The 65-year-old was taken to a hospital, where staff reported that her knee was injured and her left arm fractured. The elderly woman’s orthopedic doctor stated that she was experiencing pain in her left shoulder and left knee and used a cane/walker because she had difficulty walking independently. The elderly woman returned to work a few months later and filed for workers’ compensation benefits. Later, she hired an attorney and filed another claim, requesting a lifetime award of medical benefits for her injuries.

The deputy commissioner of the Workers’ Compensation Commission decided that the woman’s knee injury, treatment, and disability were related to the accident and awarded temporary total disability benefits to her, as well as medical benefits as needed for her arm, shoulder, and knee.

Hurt on the Job? Our Attorneys Can Help

We are glad to see that justice was served in this woman’s case. If you are injured on the job, then you too may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation laws vary from state to state, so you should consult with an experienced attorney to determine your options. If you need the assistance of an experienced workers’ comp attorney, contact our firm today at (202) 659-5500, or visit our website to fill out our online form.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.