Common Warehouse Accidents
Warehouse accidents can range depending on the task, and knowing what caused the accident will help determine who is liable. Common Amazon warehouse accidents include:
- Slip and falls/trip and falls
- Falls from heights
- Falling objects/struck by objects
- Transportation accidents
- Heavy equipment and machinery accidents
- Defective equipment/poorly maintained equipment accidents
- Scaffolding and ladder failures
- Fall prevention equipment failures
- Electric shock and electrocution
- Exposure to hazardous substances
Causes for Amazon Warehouse Accidents
Negligence causes most warehouse accidents. Negligence means that someone breaches their duty of care. For example, Amazon has a duty to provide a safe work environment and keep the warehouse facility at an ideal temperature. Amazon can breach this duty of care by disregarding the temperature of the warehouse facility, resulting in a worker suffering heatstroke. Therefore, Amazon would be liable for their injuries.
Coworkers can also perform negligent actions that put other employees at risk. These negligent actions include obstructing walkways or recklessly operating heavy machinery.
Common Amazon Warehouse Injuries
As stated earlier, Amazon employees are required to work long hours. During those hours, they are constantly lifting heavy objects and walking many miles a day. Without proper care for employees and a safe work environment, someone is bound to suffer from an injury. Common injuries include:
- Bone fractures
- Joint dislocations
- Soft tissue injuries
- Crush injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Hand-arm vibration syndrome/vibration white finger
- Hearing Loss
- Vision loss
It may be a while before you’re able to get back to work, depending on your injuries. Be sure to get medical attention as soon as possible and document your injuries in a post-accident journal.
Also, make sure to go to your follow-up doctor appointments and keep track of your medical records if you can. This will help your accident claim and allow you to receive maximum compensation for your hardship.
Compensation Available in Amazon Lawsuits
Like any accident claim, compensation is available to cover your injuries. An Amazon worker’s compensation lawyer will fight for you to receive a fair settlement for all the damages you’ve suffered. Depending on the evidence found in your case, you could recover both compensatory and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages include all the monetary and non-monetary damages you suffered. The compensatory damages you could be entitled to include:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Physical limitation
- Lost earning capacity
The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the liable party. These may be warranted if there is evidence that the at-fault party was especially malicious and reckless. These damages are available under specific circumstances. For this reason, it is best to speak with an Amazon warehouse injury lawyer to determine what damages you’re entitled to in your case.
Amazon is a Non-Subscriber
If you were injured on the job, you typically would have your worker’s compensation insurance cover your medical bills and lost wages. Furthermore, you would not be able to sue your employer in a Texas worker’s compensation claim even if they caused your injuries.
However, this is not the case if your employer is a non-subscriber. A non-subscriber, like Amazon, is a company that does not provide worker’s compensation insurance because the state of Texas doesn’t require them to do so. Therefore, they are vulnerable to lawsuits and could pay high damages for the injuries they caused if negligence is determined.
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How Our Attorneys Can Help After an Amazon Injury
After a work-related injury, you may not know how to move forward with a claim, especially if you’ve never had to before. Furthermore, you may need to spend most of your time recovering from your injuries.
Due to the continued exposure of Amazon’s harsh work environments, many have needed a legal advocate who can hold the corporate conglomerate accountable for the poor treatment of their workers. We alleviate the legal burden by performing the necessary steps to support your claim.
We Will Gather Evidence to Prove Workplace Negligence
Our team of lawyers will investigate the cause of your work-related injuries. We will also work diligently with experts to uncover who was liable and even determine other third parties that could be at fault. This evidence will allow us to build your case to pursue the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.
We Will Negotiate with Amazon and Insurance Companies
While you are resting and taking care of your injuries, we will care for all negotiations with all parties involved. We have experience in the negotiation process and understand that insurance companies will try to limit the amount of compensation you receive; however, we will push back to come to a fair agreement on the compensation for your expenses.
We Are Prepared for Trial
If at any point negotiations break down and a fair settlement can’t be made. We are willing and able to take your case to trial. It is never recommended to go through the trial process alone. However, having a skilled personal injury lawyer by your side who’s willing to fight for your compensation can increase the chances of winning your case.
OSHA Holds Companies Accountable for Unsafe Workplaces
Over the years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has paved the way for maintaining safe work conditions for employees. OSHA sets regulations and guidelines for worker safety that employers must follow. These regulatory practices include providing employers with information such as:
- Proper lifting techniques
- Safety Data Sheets that inform employees of harsh chemicals
- Proper labels on hazardous material
- Fire safety
- Forklift safety
- Personal Protective Equipment
Ironically, companies that have strictly adopted these guidelines and the many others that OSHA has established have seen a boost in production and reduced work-related injuries.
Amazon’s Violation of OSHA Standards
During an investigation by OSHA, Amazon violated regulations for:
- Not recording work injuries
- Lack of protective equipment for employees
- Electrical hazards
- Noise hazards
In addition to these violations, Amazon employees have reported numerous other offenses. One is working in high temperatures that have caused heat stroke. While workers exhaust themselves trying to keep up with strict demands, they require a well-ventilated work environment with temperature control.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “OSHA recommends temperature control in the range of 68-76 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity control in the range of 20%-60%. One Amazon warehouse was reported to have forced employees to work in temperatures as high as 114 degrees.
How You Can Be Proactive in Preventing Injury
Although the employer is responsible for maintaining a safe work environment, there are many things that you can do to prevent work injuries in the warehouse. These include:
- Clearing obstructions from the work area to prevent falls
- Wearing personal protective equipment
- Making sure equipment isn’t old or defective
- Seeking proper training before operating heavy machinery like forklifts
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What You Can Do After an Amazon Warehouse Accident
Whether it is immediately after your accident or in the days following, there are many things you can do that will aid your case for compensation.
Steps to Take Immediately After Accident
Immediately after your warehouse accident, make sure that someone has contacted 911 so that medical personnel can quickly arrive on the scene and assess your injuries. If you are able, take photos of the scene to provide as much detail about your accident that you can.
Steps to Take in the Days Following Your Accident
After you have sought medical care, be sure to report your accident as soon as possible. Texas Law states that an employer must be notified about your accident within 30 days of the incident. Other things you must do include:
- Speak with an Amazon warehouse injury lawyer
- Document your injuries
- Stay consistent with doctor appointments
- Document names of witnesses and others who know about the accident
You must speak with your lawyer after your accident. Texas law permits the filing of a work-related injury claim within one year of the incident. The more time your lawyer has to gather the evidence to build your case, the stronger it will be.
Amazon Fulfillment Centers
Amazon has several fulfillment centers in Texas. They are located in the following areas:
- Amazon SAT5 located at 1410 S Callaghan Road
- Amazon Fulfillment Center SAT3 located at 6806 Cal Turner Drive
- Amazon Fulfillment Center SAT 9 located at 6611 Lancer Boulevard
- Amazon UTX5 located at 4848 Perrin Creek Ste 680
- Amazon Fulfillment Center SAT4 located at 10384 W U.S. Highway 90
- Amazon SAT1 located at 6000 Schertz Pkwy
If you were injured while working at any of these Amazon locations, be sure to contact an Amazon warehouse injury lawyer immediately.
Fatalities in Amazon Warehouses
If your loved one died in an Amazon warehouse accident, it might be in your best interest to pursue a wrongful death claim. Begum Law Group Injury Lawyers will perform an investigation into the nature of the fatality to determine who is liable. You and your family could potentially receive compensation for the following:
- Lost wages
- Lost employment benefits
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of household and parental services
- Loss of companionship, society, and love
- Grief and emotional distress
Amazon Injury FAQs
How Can My Injury Be Pre-existing?
At-fault parties may try to deny your claim if they believe your injuries were pre-existing rather than them being caused by a work-related accident. However, you know if you’re experiencing pain like never before. This requires a legal advocate to prove your injuries were work-related.
Do I Pay Attorney Fees if My Case is Lost?
The Law Giant will fight diligently for you to receive a fair settlement. However, you will not be charged until you receive compensation for your injuries.
What Happens if My Claim is Denied?
In the event that your injury claim is denied, that doesn’t mean your case is lost. You have the right to file a lawsuit against your employer to recover compensation.
How Much is My Amazon Injury Case Worth?
Each case is unique, and it’s hard to determine the exact value of your case. However, once we examine the evidence of your case and assess your total damages, we can determine how much compensation to pursue.