No matter what company you work for, if you sustain an injury while on the job, you have the legal right to receive financial assistance for medical costs through the workers compensation program. In some fields and with some companies, the risk for injury may be higher or certain kinds of injuries may be more frequent. Amazon.com, Inc., known more popularly as simply Amazon, is the single largest online retailer in the world and, as such, has many warehouses and employees that work in them.
Many of these jobs, those both in warehouses and distribution centers, are physically demanding and involve transporting large quantities of products every day. Between moving heavy objects by hand, operating heavy machinery such as forklifts, preparing orders for shipment, and managing storage, the risk for injury is higher than in most working environments.
Furthermore, the expectation for Amazon workers is very high. Employees are expected to work hard and work fast in order to meet quotas and ensure that products are shipped and delivered on time. This is a bad combination to have with physically taxing work and it shows with the kind of workers compensation injuries that are caused as a result.
Slip and fall injuries are the most common, as employees will often rush around trying to process orders in time. More serious injuries are also common, including those caused by accidental or careless operations of forklifts and other transport machinery. Falling from raised platforms is also a problem, as warehouses tend to have multiple levels to them.
If you are an Amazon employee and have been injured while on the job, you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries. Even a company as large as Amazon has no right to deny you workers compensation and, if they try to, it is advised you file for a lawsuit. We at the Franco Firm are here to help fight for and with you to see that you get the funding you need to cover medical expenses and lost wages. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation with us today, please call us at (813) 872-0929.