My manager has told me that I may not be able to claim compensation for a hand injury at work in Walmart as I have been with the company for less than three months. Is this correct?
You are entitled to make a claim for compensation for a hand injury at work in Walmart if your accident was caused by the negligence of your employer and involved a failure in a duty of care. It does not matter whether you have a permanent contract and are a long term member of staff, or if you were on your first day at work with the company. An employer’s legal responsibility to protect you from harm in the workplace is not dependent on length of service with the company. Either your manager is misinformed about employee rights or is trying to dissuade you from making a claim for a hand injury at work as it may reflect badly on him or the department.
An employer must ensure that the workplace is safe and employees should be able to complete their work duties without being placed at risk of an injury. Before you started working, you should have had an induction on the company and received training on health and safety at work. A failure to provide appropriate training would certainly be grounds for making a compensation for hand injury at work in Walmart if this could have prevented you from being injured in an accident at work.
Whether you are entitled to claim compensation for hand injury at work in Walmart is likely to depend on whether you are able to establish and prove that your employer has been negligent. Proving that a new employer has been negligent and has caused you to be injured at work can be a daunting prospect, especially since you have been informed that you may not be able to claim. However you should not be discouraged from making a claim for a hand injury at work if you have been genuinely injured at work and if the claim can be justified.
We recommended you speak with a personal injury lawyer about making a work hand injury claim as soon as possible. After listening to your account of the accident and the injury you sustained, a lawyer will advise you whether you have a valid claim and you will be instructed on the steps you must take next in order to proceed with a claim compensation for hand injury at work in Walmart.