Warehouses are hectic, dangerous, and constantly put employees at risk of injury. Although employers are required to provide workers' compensation benefits to employees who do get injured on the job, obtaining medical and wage compensation can be daunting. If you have suffered a warehouse injury, consult with an experienced warehouse injury attorney in Los Angeles at Greenberg & Ruby, LLP today.
WHY Greenberg & Ruby, LLP
- Has over 50 years of experience protecting injured workers and handling workers' compensation claims.
- Has the skills and experience to level the playing field when it comes to dealing with an insurance company.
- Have a well-earned reputation of taking on complex cases through attorney referrals.
COMMON TYPES OF WAREHOUSE INJURIES
Warehouse accidents can result in all types of injuries, including:
- Shoulder injuries
- Head injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Amputation of limbs
- Vision or hearing loss
- Occupational diseases (e.g. respiratory illnesses, skin diseases, cancer)
OSHA reports that there is a disproportionately high accident rate in warehouses than in other employment sectors. Additionally, the fatal injury rate exceeds the national average in all workplaces. This is due to such an active environment, containing heavy products and volatile equipment.
WHAT ACCIDENTS CAUSE WAREHOUSE INJURIES?
All types of accidents that result in serious worker injuries can happen in a warehouse, including:
- Slips and trips
- Falls from heights
- Crush injuries from equipment
- Material handling accidents, for example, containers and boxes that have been dropped.
- Forklift accidents and other vehicle-based injuries
- Chemical spills
It is crucial to seek medical treatment, immediately after being injured while working in a warehouse. Both to prevent your injuries from worsening, and to protect your legal rights.
WHY DO WAREHOUSE ACCIDENTS OCCUR?
Unfortunately, the majority of warehouse accidents are a result of human error. Here are some of the most common causes:
- Inadequate employee training (On how to fulfill their role, general health, safety precautions, etc.)
- Lack of appropriate safety equipment
- Failure to wear safety equipment
- Failure to report hazards, such as spills, loose wires and boxes in pathways
- Poor lighting
- Incorrect operation of machinery
- Failure to adhere to roadway markings in the warehouse
Whether it is due to negligence on the part of another worker, or through lack of training and support from your employer, you are likely entitled to worker's compensation benefits. Some cases may even justify a third-party liability claim, which can lead to additional compensation.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A WAREHOUSE INJURY
To give yourself the strongest case when filing for workers' compensation benefits, immediately report your injury to your supervisor. Seek medical care first if needed, but then you should eventually complete a written injury report and keep a copy of it. Tell the doctor every detail of what happened. Once treated, ensure that your workers' comp claim gets filed by either yourself, your employer, or your doctor.
Your employer may attempt to pay you directly to avoid filing a claim, but that is not within your best interests. Filing for workers' compensation benefits protects your rights, especially if other injuries related to the accident crop up down the line. Hiring an experienced workers' comp attorney will ensure you are advocated for and receive every penny your injury warrants.
Get Help Today
To schedule your complimentary, no-obligation case review with an experienced team of warehouse injury attorneys, contact Greenberg & Ruby, LLP. Their Los Angeles office can be reached by calling (323) 782-0535.