December 3, 2012
Retail giant Wal-Mart reached a settlement agreement with 13,521 employees in in a class-action Denver Workers’ Compensation lawsuit they filed against their employer and its insurers. According to court documents from the case of Gianzero et al v. Wal Mart Stores, Inc. et al, the companies paid a combined total of more than $8 million as part of the settlement.
The case was brought against the companies after employees complained that Wal-Mart “interfered with and limited the independent judgment” of some medical providers who treated employees who had sustained work-related injuries.
Wal-Mart employees in Colorado who had an open Denver Workers’ Compensation case from January 2001 to November 2011 may be eligible for a piece of the settlement, which court documents show will amount to a total of between $50 and $520 per victim.
A growing number of Colorado Workers’ Compensation claims and the increasing associated costs have led to the Colorado Division of Insurance announcing that the Colorado workers’ compensation insurance rates employers pay will go up by 5.2 percent in 2013.
The Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers with the McDivitt Law Firm believe the rise in rates will only make it more difficult for injured workers to have claims approved. This could make it more important than ever before to have an experienced lawyer on your side if you are preparing to file a claim or have been denied in the past.