Amazon is the largest e-retailer in the country, and many workers choose to work for the company. Amazon offers many types of jobs, including workplace and leadership positions. They also outsource delivery to partners.
A number of investigative reports have looked into worker safety at Amazon warehouses in particular and have raised concerns about the rate of injuries to employees. Injuries at warehouses may be caused by:
- Forklifts and heavy machinery: Amazon warehouses are filled with products, and these are moved with the use of heavy machinery. At the same time, workers are walking in the warehouse, and the presence of heavy machinery near workers can pose a risk of crushing injuries and other injuries.
- The use of robots: Amazon has been using robots to deliver items to workers at some warehouses, so workers effectively remain still while robotics machinery brings items to the workers. There are some reports claiming the use of robots has increased the frequency and severity of injury, though Amazon denies the claim.
- Time pressures and fatigue: Amazon has come under fire for requiring warehouse workers to meet strict quotas for productivity, a move some unions and advocates claim leads to overwork, repetitive strain, and serious injuries when workers get overly fatigued.
What Can You Do If You’re Injured at Work?
Whether you work for Amazon or any employer, if you’re injured at work you do have rights. If you are injured, you will want to:
- Seek medical attention: You will want to seek emergency medical attention if you’re seriously injured. If you’re injured but don’t need to call 911, you may need to see a provider from the list posted by your employer.
- Report the injury: You need to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible so your employer can submit any eligible claims to workers’ compensation insurance providers.
- Get documentation: If you can, take photos of where you were injured, get the contact information of any potential witnesses, and write down as much as you can remember as soon as possible after the incident. Try to get copies of any documentation created by your employer about the incident and any copies of your medical records. This proof can help you establish what happened and may be able to help uncover liable parties.
In addition to taking these initial steps, you may wish to speak to an attorney about whether you have a workers’ compensation claim or a legal claim against a liable party. An attorney can walk you through the claims process and may be able to help you understand how much your injuries may be worth.
Unfortunately, if you have been injured at your Miami workplace, it doesn’t mean you will quickly or automatically get the compensation you are entitled to. Legitimate workers’ compensation claims are turned down every day and many liable parties take steps to protect themselves from claims.
If you have been injured, working with an attorney allows you to work with someone who will accurately valuate your claim, help you determine liable parties, represent you in negotiations or in court, and will work to pursue compensation for you. Your chances of securing fair compensation may simply be higher with an experienced attorney who knows how to leave no stone untuned.
If you are looking for a compassionate, experienced personal injury attorney in Miami – someone who has the track record and network to aggressively pursue compensation while genuinely caring for your best interests – contact Flaxman Law Group. You can reach us 24/7 at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) to schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential case.