Amazon Warehouse Worker Injuries
The explosion of Amazon.com as a catch-all supplier of everything from snack foods to high-end electronics has resulted in the construction or repurposing of huge buildings to become warehouses for their enormous stockpile of consumer goods. These warehouses must be staffed by thousands of people, and inherent are risks similar to other warehouse working situations. If you have been injured while working in an Amazon warehouse, the professional injury attorneys at Altman & Altman LLP are here to help.
Warehouse workers face certain workplace risks every day, including injuries from operating forklifts and scissor lifts, injuries from falling inventory and back injuries from excessive or heavy lifting. These risks can be amplified by negligence or excessive expectations on the hands of warehouse managers, who may be under pressure from their superiors at Amazon to work harder and longer to keep up with growing consumer demands.
In 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a New Jersey Amazon warehouse facility $7,000 for several citations, finding that “the company exposed employees to ergonomic risk factors including stress from repeated bending at the waist and repeated exertions, and standing during entire shifts up to 10 hours, four days a week and sometimes including mandatory overtime shifts.”
Additionally, the facility got in trouble for not properly recording on-sire injuries and utilized an “on-site medical unit” which “provided medical care beyond what is allowed by their licensing and certification, without the supervision of a board certified qualified medical professional licensed to practice independently.”When negligence causes accidents, call us
Injuries happen at every manual labor job, however certain decisions or indecisions by management staff can turn these natural accidents into negligent personal injury claims, where you may be entitled to receive additional financial compensation in addition to your legally guaranteed right to workers’ compensation.
The type of injuries which can occur in warehouse settings – falls, crushing injuries and back injuries primarily – are the types of injuries which can cause debilitating issues, resulting in long recovery times and lengthy periods of missing work. Once an injury happens, it can be stressful trying to apply for workers’ compensation or deal with insurance companies – especially if your employer reluctant to pay such benefits for as long as you need them.
At Altman & Altman LLP, our Boston-based personal injury attorneys have over 50 years of experience getting our clients the benefits they are entitled to for as long as they require to get better, and aggressively pursuing litigation against negligent employers and third parties responsible for the injury – whether they are backed by billion dollar corporations such as Amazon or not.
When you are injured, you need capable and experienced personal injury attorneys on your side to ensure that you are being properly advocated for, and not being taken advantage of by a company which doesn’t have your best interests at heart. We will work with you to create a strong legal strategy catered to your specific needs and unique circumstances, and communicate with you to ensure you’re away of every development.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a warehouse operated by Amazon, call us today for a free consultation to go over the details of your situation. At the very least, we will ensure that you are able to collect workers’ compensation payments in order to continue supporting yourself and your family while you recover from the injury, and we will investigate any opportunities for additional compensation.
Call Altman & Altman LLP today at 617.492.3000 or toll-free at 800.481.6199. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.