CVS Employee Workers Compensation Lawyer
CVS Pharmacy aids, pharmacists, and drug store clerks are responsible for various duties, including stocking the shelves, running the cash register, filling prescriptions and dispensing medications, and recording every drug delivered to the pharmacy.
However, most employees are often exposed to various workplace hazards while performing their daily duties.
If you or a family member was injured while working at CVS, you are likely entitled to workers' compensation payments.
Contact the personal injury lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC for more information, legal advice, and a free case review of your legal rights and options.
The CVS manager or supervisor must maintain a safe environment for the workers and ensure appropriate personal protective equipment is provided when necessary. Additionally, the manager must ensure that all workers follow proper procedures when handling pharmaceutical drugs and products that pose a significant health hazard.
Workers must learn the policies and procedures in case there is an emergency of any kind involving pharmaceuticals.
Common hazards include tripping over boxes, lifting heavy items, dealing with spilled liquid, using stepladders, handling chemicals, and violence toward staff members. The extent of the exposure and the time of recovery is often based on the facility’s health and safety program that can identify serious hazards and determine the appropriate controls if enforced.
In the drug dispensing area of the store, the pharmacist, clerks, and aids must maintain a clean workplace. In addition, the owner must ensure adequate lighting and ventilation systems for employees and customers and properly functioning equipment.
CVS Pharmacy Workplace Hazards
The level of danger to CVS clerks and aids usually depends on the pharmacy’s location in the community. Some pharmacies are based in hospitals, medical centers, medical offices, retail establishments, and drug stores.
Each workplace center offers a different danger or hazard that must be addressed to avoid harm. Some of these dangers might include:
- Biological Hazard– On a typical day, the CVS worker has physical contact with many ill patients who might or might not have contagious diseases.
- Chemical Hazard– In some pharmacies, the pharmacist will compound drugs according to the physician’s prescription.
- Ergonomic Hazard– Sufficient lighting in a clean environment void of substances that make the floor slippery could prevent slips, trips, and falls. Many pharmacists and aids and handle packaging, boxes, and merchandise suffer from repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Musculoskeletal Hazard– CVS pharmacy assistants and drug store clerks tend to stand all day, each day. Working in the CVS drug store and stocking shelves requires bending down to the bottom shelves and reaching up to the top shelves to get drugs when stocking or retrieving merchandise and medications.
- Physical Hazard– Out of all the common injuries occurring in pharmacies, most involved a sharp tool, medical instrument, scissors, scalpel, broken glassware, and malfunctioning equipment. However, if the pharmacist and employee wear protective clothing and use protective gear, many injuries can be avoided.
- Violence and Aggression– There is a significant potential risk of robbery in the workplace or dealing with aggressive customers without a prescription needing medications.
CVS Worker's Wages
The annual employment data maintained by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for the year 2016 revealed that drug store clerks employed in the Chicago, Naperville, and Arlington Heights metropolitan area earned on average $12.10 per hour, or $28,110 every year. This job-related income is significantly lower compared to national averages. See Chart
Drugstore Robberies and Fatalities
In nearly every community, the local drugstore is becoming a prime target for serial criminals in need of cash or drugs in nearly every community.
Almost every day, reports of dangerous crimes, including burglaries, robberies, and assaults on local pharmacies, technicians, aids, and store clerks, make the headlines of someone being attacked or shot.
The numbers of drug store crimes have risen significantly over the last few years in stores that usually involve violence.
- Case 1:Sacramento, California – In December 2017, an 87-year-old female shopper died after being knocked down to the ground during a robbery at a Citrus Heights drug store. The crime was captured on the drugstore’s surveillance video. The customer had walked to the Rite Aid store before being knocked to the ground by an alleged robber, sustaining critical injuries. The alleged robbers fled the scene and had not yet been identified.
- Case 2:Montgomery County, North Carolina – One suspect in a drugstore robbery died, and another was hospitalized following a car pursuit in Mt. Gilead. Officers received a call in the late afternoon in August 2014 concerning a robbery at the C & R drug store. The two responders saw a suspicious vehicle behind the drugstore before a car chase ensued.
- Case 3:Cary, North Carolina – The CVS manager tried to control an attempted armed robbery in February 2018. Witnesses told police the store manager intervened and took a bag and gun from one suspect wearing a red mask and a black hoodie. The suspects ran out of the store toward an apartment complex. Both suspects were later apprehended.
- Case 4:October 5, 2017 – Tenleytown, a Washington, DC neighborhood, was the location of the recent CVS store robbery where the alleged bandits were caught and charged with armed robbery. The police believe the group had been involved in at least five other robberies at CVS stores throughout northwest Washington DC.
Despite the rising incidences of violence and crime against drug stores, pharmacists, store clerks, and aides, assault against this specific occupation is not inevitably any less safe compared to other jobs.
In many incidents, once the violent act, burglary, or robbery is over, the injured worker suffering physical or emotional scars has chosen to seek out a different profession. With legal representation, the victim can be made whole again, if only financially, to move on with their life.
Workers Compensation Benefits for Work-Related Injuries
CVS pharmacy and all employers must carry workers' compensation insurance to provide payments should workers be hurt on the job.
The CVS workers' compensation insurance covers all immediate medical expenses and lost wages after an accident or long-term exposure to hazardous material. All hurt workers must file their injury claim with their supervisor to receive their weekly or bi-weekly pay that continues until they return to work, if possible.
How an Attorney Could Help Resolve a Denied Workers Compensation Claim
In some cases, the employee becomes disabled from the accident and must submit claims to receive total disability payments. Additionally, some claims are denied when workers fail to follow the workers’ compensation claim system, including filing a report with the supervisor or manager.
Based on a lawyer's credentials, an attorney can provide immediate legal advice to resolve an insurance company's denial of workers' compensation payments.
Additionally, consider hiring an attorney who can talk directly to the insurance carrier to understand the insurer's legal standing on why it denied the claim, and build a case to reverse the decision or file the case at the local courthouse.
Employees participate in the CVS workers' compensation program without costs. Instead, the employer must pay the premiums to the insurance company that then pays the medical bills and lost wages of the individual injured on the job, no matter how severe or mild the injury.
The compensation coverage is no-fault insurance, meaning a workers' compensation claim is disbursed even if the employee caused the accident or suffered a minor injury.
Call a lawyer from our legal office for immediate legal advice about a claim and discuss our services and fee schedule during a free case evaluation.
Types of CVS Workers' Compensation Benefits
CVS workers' compensation benefits are disbursed to workers who sustain a work-related injury or illness that qualifies for disability payments. Injured workers receive payments qualify, depending on their damage and status as full or part-time employees.
First, CVS employees may be eligible for short-term disability payments. Payments are disbursed for an accumulated seven days if the workers received weekly pay and 14 days if the workers were paid bi-weekly when on the job.
Do You Need Assistance to File Your Accident Injury Claim?
Our lawyers help injured CVS employees obtain compensation under the IL Workers' Compensation Act and through civil lawsuits. Additionally, we provide Free Case Reviews and a No-Win/No Fee guarantee.
Many occupational injuries are severe and, at times, life-threatening. If you have been injured, hiring an employment injury attorney could be beneficial. Your lawyer can ensure you receive adequate compensation from multiple sources.
The lawyer will assist you in organizing and filing a complicated claim for benefits. Additionally, your lawyer might find that other parties are also at fault for your injuries and seek monetary compensation from those parties too.
Working on your behalf, your lawyer can issue a complaint, file your compensation claim, gather evidence, build your case, negotiate an out-of-court settlement or take your lawsuit to court.
Contact a CVS Worker's Compensation & Injury Attorney
No upfront payments are necessary because our personal injury law firm accepts every wrongful death lawsuit and injury compensation claim through contingency fee agreements.
You'll pay legal fees to our law firm only if your workers' compensation attorney successfully resolves your injury case through a jury trial award or negotiated out-of-court settlement on your behalf.
We guarantee that if your lawyer does not win your case through negotiation or at the trial court, you do not pay!
Call an attorney now for a free case evaluation to discuss your workers' compensation claim, your lawyer's credentials, and specific amount your case could be worth.