Workers Comp for Amazon Warehouse Workers
On the Amazon jobs ‘about’ page they state: “When Amazon.com launched in 1995, it was with the mission ‘to be Earth’s most customer-centric company’ … we’re a company that obsesses over our customers.” But, sadly, what’s absent is any mention at all of being an “employee-centric company” or caring about its workers.
In fact, as several news stories have recently highlighted, Amazon warehouse workers’ conditions are 100% geared around faster customer fulfillment – often putting employees at higher risk of getting hurt or becoming sick. Unsafe warehouse conditions, speed quotas, lack of breaks, and long hours without days off can all put an Amazon warehouse worker at risk of a work-related injury or illness.
In this article our experienced workers compensation attorneys discuss filing workers’ comp claims against Amazon for warehouse injuries.
Amazon on the “Dirty Dozen List” for Work Injuries
In April of 2022 Amazon made the National COSH (Council for Occupational Safety and Health) list for the most dangerous workplaces in the US for a third time. They included Amazon on their annual “Dirty Dozen” list, which is meant to expose the least safe workplaces in the United States. NCOSH reported that Amazon has an injury rate more than double the industry average – which includes six deaths at their Bessemer, Alabama warehouse since it opened in 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic has permanently changed the way Americans shop – with an unprecedented and steadily increase in the demand for online shopping. And this helps make the risk of injury for Amazon warehouse employees even worse – as warehouse workers are under more pressure than ever to work faster, harder, and longer hours to keep up with growing demands.
Amazon’s “need for speed” often results in warehouse employees having to side-step certain safety precautions, and in some cases work beyond their physical limitations. And this is what often puts Amazon warehouse workers at much greater risk of accidents and serious work injury.
Suing Amazon for Workers Comp
Like every worker in California and the entire United States Amazon workers who get hurt on the job (or who become ill due to working conditions) are protected by Workers Comp laws. As long as an Amazon warehouse worker’s injuries or illness are work-related, they are entitled to collect workers compensation.
However, Amazon is rather well-known for making it difficult for their employees to collect workers’ comp benefits.
Why It’s Hard to Collect Workers Comp at Amazon
Workers comp benefits are paid out by the employer’s insurance company. But if a company has too many workers comp claims, their insurance company will raise their insurance premiums. And this can cut into the business’s profits in a big way.
So, many businesses (allegedly including Amazon) do not ‘write up’ the accident reports (‘paperwork’) that are required for a worker to file a worker’s comp claim – so that their insurance premiums don’t go up. Additionally, there are also many stories circulating on the Internet (which we can neither confirm nor deny) of Amazon warehouse employees being retaliated against for seeking medical help when they are injured at work. Other Amazon warehouse workers have also publicly claimed that they were not allowed to take time off to see a doctor when they were hurt at work.
And when a worker does not have medical reports and documentation, they have no proof upon which to base their workers comp claim – and will often be denied benefits.
Attorneys for Amazon Warehouse Workers Comp Claims
Working in any warehouse is both strenuous and dangerous – and subjects the workers to accidents and injuries from lifting, carrying, bending, dropping and falling objects, warehouse slip and falls, and hi-lo/machinery accidents.
And when workers’ speed is measured – and put under unrealistic quotas, monitored by scanning software – safety precautions are often ignored by workers who will risk injury rather than miss a quota and risk being fired.
Because it is often very difficult for Amazon warehouse worker to collect the workers comp benefits that they deserve, it is strongly recommended that injured Amazon employees speak with an aggressive, experienced, and specialized workers comp attorney.
Amazon workers who try to collect workers comp without an attorney are often in a “David vs. Goliath” situation. But a specialized workers’ comp law firm can help level the playing field – so that employees have the best chance of collecting the maximum workers’ comp benefits for which they qualify.
The experienced Anaheim workers comp attorneys at Cantrell Green have been obtaining benefits for injured workers for more than four decades – fighting even the biggest companies like Amazon – to protect worker rights. If you are an Amazon worker who has suffered a work-related accident, injury, or illness, call Cantrell Green today for a FREE consultation. And take the first step to receiving the workers comp benefits to which you are entitled.