Cashiers are the lifeblood of the retail industry, as tens of thousands of Minnesotans perform cashier duties at their job each and every day. Working with the cash register may not seem like a laborious profession compared to a construction worker, but cashiers are exposed to numerous on the job risks and suffer injuries at a higher rate than you may expect. Below, we take a look at some of the on-the-job risks that cashiers face, and we talk about you right to compensation.
Common Workplace Hazards For Cashiers
Here’s a look at some of the most common hazards or injuries that plague cashiers:
Musculoskeletal disorders – Cashiers are often asked to stand for hours on end while performing their job. Over time, this can lead to musculoskeletal issues in their feet, legs and spine.
Repetitive strain injuries – Cashiers have to perform repetitive functions as they scan merchandise, make change and help bag items. This can lead to overuse injuries in your hands and wrists, and it can also lead to the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Armed Robberies – Hopefully you’re never subjected to an armed robbery, but it does happen. Cashiers can be assaulted and injured during a robbery attempt, but you have compensation options if the worst happens.
Overexertion Injuries – Scanning and bagging in particularly busy stores can take a toll on your arms and shoulders, leading to the onset of soft tissue injuries. We can make an argument that your injuries are the result of your job duties and pursue rightful compensation.
Pursuing Compensation For Cashier Injuries
Whether you work in the retail industry, the food industry or one of the many other industries that employs cashiers, know that pain and discomfort you experience as a result of your work duties is not normal and not just “part of the job.” Workers are a protected class, and if your injuries are a direct result of your job duties, you are rightfully entitled to pursue compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages and for other aspects of your life that have been impacted by your injury.
At Margolis Law Firm, we’ve helped a number of cashiers get the compensation they deserve after an acute or slow-developing injury. Remember, there doesn’t need to be a “moment of injury” in order to receive compensation for physical ailments. Many cashiers slowly develop issues over a long period of time, but these are just as compensable as slipping on a wet floor. So if you’ve recently had a medical appointment and been diagnosed with frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel or bulging discs and your doctor believes your work duties may have contributed to those injuries, reach out to an injury law firm.
Even if you’re unsure about the connection between your injuries and your work duties, give us a call. We only get paid when you win, so we’re not going to waste your time and our time if we don’t believe we can make a case for you. Many clients don’t realize that they are eligible for compensation until they talk with us, so set up that appointment and see what we can do for you. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Contact Margolis Law Firm today for more information.