Amazon employs more than 1 million people around the country and California is the state with the highest number of employees in the corporation's warehouses. About 170,000 people were employees in Amazon's California warehouses in 2021 with that number only growing after five new fulfillment centers were constructed in the state in 2022. During the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon expanded its distribution network in California.
A significant number of Amazon's employees in California work in warehouses or fulfillment centers. Because of the nature of the jobs at these warehouses and fulfillment centers, workers face the risk of suffering serious and debilitating injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of working at an Amazon warehouse or fulfillment center in California, it is important that you understand your legal rights and options.
Key Points - Table of Contents
- Examples of Amazon Warehouse Accidents
- Injuries at Amazon Warehouses and Fulfillment Centers
- Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim
- Can I Sue Amazon for a Work Related Injury?
- Amazon Warehouse Injury Attorneys in California
The experienced Los Angeles work injury lawyers at Greenberg and Ruby Injury Attorneys, APC have significant experience handling all types of work injury claims including those that stem from warehouse accidents. We will help evaluate you claim and provide you with the information you need to pursue your claim and recover the compensation you rightfully deserve. Simply fill out our contact form to schedule your free consultation to get help.
Examples of Amazon Warehouse Accidents
There are a number of work injury accidents that could occur in Amazon warehouses and fulfillment centers that could lead to life changing injuries. Warehouse injury accidents can cause serious injuries. Here are just examples of types of accidents that could occur:
- Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident
- Fall from heights
- Workers getting struck by falling objects
- Accident involving equipment
- Injuries caused by lifting heavy objects
- Forklift accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Loading and unloading accidents
These types of accidents could lead to serious injuries including but not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries or head injuries
- Spinal cord trauma
- Back and neck injuries
- Fractures or broken bones
- Crushing injuries
- Cuts or lacerations
- Limb amputations
- Joint injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
Injuries at Amazon Warehouses and Fulfillment Centers
While Amazon is one of the world's largest retailers, they have had a number of reported issues with working conditions and worker safety. According to a 2022 report by The Strategic Organizing Center, employees at Amazon warehouses and fulfillment centers sustained about 38,000 injuries compared to 27,700 in 2020 and 21,200 in 2019. It is also disturbing to note that the rate of serious injuries is higher among Amazon workers compared to non-Amazon workers – 6.8 per 100 Amazon workers compared to 3.3 per 100 for non-Amazon workers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has also cited Amazon warehouses for various safety violations. Some of the citations have involved unsafe work conditions including dangerous noise levels, electrical hazards, unsafe machinery and lack of personal protective equipment. Here are some of the most high-risk tasks at Amazon warehouses that often lead to serious injuries:
- Using stairs or ladders to retrieve or organize stock
- Lifting boxes or products
- Unloading items from trucks when they arrive at a facility
- Inspecting goods and items
- Driving a forklift
- Making truck deliveries
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an Amazon warehouse accident, you may be eligible to pursue a workers' compensation claim seeking benefits including medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages.
Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim
If you suffered an injury on the job, it is important that you report the accident and your injury to your employer as soon as possible. Under California law, you must report the incident to your employer within 30 days in order to be able to receive workers' comp benefits. You will need to provide your employer with information including the date and time of the injury, the type of injury your sustained and how it occurred. Your employer will likely send you to their doctor to have your injury evaluated. If you workers' comp claim is approved, you will receive your benefits.
While the workers' compensation claim is meant to be straightforward, workers face complications and challenges when employers and insurance companies make it difficult for employees and their families to receive due benefits. Employees should receive these benefits regardless of who was at fault for the accident that caused the injuries.
If you believe that you are not receiving fair compensation for injuries suffered in the workplace, you need an experienced work injury lawyer on your side who will examine all the facts and circumstances surrounding your case and make sure you receive fair compensation for your losses.
Can I Sue Amazon for a Work Related Injury?
If you are an employee of Amazon and suffer an injury on the job, you may have the right to seek compensation for those losses. It is important in these cases to show evidence that the injury occurred when you were on the job and while you were engaged in job-related tasks. If you have been injured on the job, seek medical attention immediately. It is critical that you can document what occurred and how it occurred.
Whether or not you can sue Amazon for your work-related injury depends on the circumstances of your accident and injury. The experienced Los Angeles work injury lawyers at Greenberg and Ruby Injury Attorneys, APC can help you file claims or pursue legal action. Amazon is one of the largest corporations in the world and has unlimited resources, powerful lawyers and insurance companies at its beck and call. You need the expertise of work injury lawyers who are not afraid to take on challenging cases. Call us today to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation. We are here to help you.
Amazon Warehouse Injury Attorneys in California
If you or your loved one have been injured in an Amazon warehouse, you owe it to yourselves to contact an attorney you trust for a free case evaluation. Warehouse injuries aren't always just workers' compensation. In fact, many of those who solely pursue compensation when they have other parties at fault miss out on significant additional compensation.
At Greenberg and Ruby Injury Attorneys, you can count on our experienced warehouse accident lawyers to evaluate your case fully and identify any potential at-fault parties. The case evaluation is free and confidential.