Amazon employs thousands of workers in fulfillment centers across the state of Pennsylvania. If you’ve been hurt working for Amazon in PA, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation to cover part of your salary and medical bills.
Workers at Amazon Are Vulnerable to Injury
Jobs in warehousing and storage come with physical risks. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that approximately five out of every 100 full-time workers in the industry were affected by a workplace injury or illness in 2017. Activities like moving heavy objects, working around heavy machinery and operating vehicles can all result in serious injuries.
Amazon workers are particularly vulnerable to workplace injury. In 2018, The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH), a nonprofit worker advocacy group, listed the corporation at the top of its “Dirty Dozen” list. This identifies employers that put workers and communities at risk due to unsafe practices. Seven people were killed while working at Amazon warehouses between 2013 and 2018, including one worker at a warehouse in Pennsylvania.
If you have sustained an injury while working at one of Amazon’s warehouse fulfillment locations in Pennsylvania, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Amazon has fulfillment centers and warehouses in Carlisle, Breinigsville, Easton, Lewisberry, Allentown and more.
Getting Workers’ Compensation If You Are Injured Working at Amazon
If your injury occurred on the job, you must report the injury as soon as possible to your employer. Seek medical attention and share the record of the injury with your employer and their insurance company. Next, you can file a workers’ comp claim.
Keep detailed notes about your injury and how it occurred. You may be asked for specifics later on to justify your claim. Your employer’s insurance company may try to offer you a settlement, but do not agree to a settlement in a workers’ compensation case without speaking with a lawyer.
Can Part-Time Amazon Workers Receive Workers’ Compensation?
Under Pennsylvania law, employers must provide workers’ compensation coverage for all their workers, including part-time and seasonal employees. The workers’ comp lawyers at Frommer D’Amico can help you determine your eligibility.
What Type of Amazon Work Injury Qualifies for Workers’ Compensation?
Circumstances that may result in injury on the job at Amazon include:
- Lifting large packages in warehouses
- Trauma to a body part
- Injuries to truck drivers involved in accidents during deliveries
- Trip and falling
- Climbing a ladder and falling
- Operating pallet jacks or forklifts
- Being pinned by heavy machinery
A variety of injuries can occur in a warehouse facility where employees work quickly to meet quotas. A busy work environment can often result in rushing and injury.
Get the Personal Attention You Need at Frommer D’Amico
If you have been injured on the job at Amazon, contact Frommer D’Amico. Our lawyers only handle workers’ compensation cases, and we always represent workers, never employers. We charge low fees, and we can come to you to discuss your case. Contact us online or call 717-400-1000 today.