Amazon Work Injury Lawyer
Amazon has revolutionized the way people shop. A consumer can now purchase an item, from kitchen pans to car parts, with one click and convenient two-day shipping options. To keep up with consumer demand, it’s no surprise that Amazon is the second-largest private employer in the United States. However, Amazon’s warehouse workers are also breaking other records. Statistics show that warehouse workers are injured at a higher rate than comparable warehouses. In October of 2022, Amazon warehouse workers in San Bernardino walked off the job due to low wages and working conditions.
It can be challenging to get a fair workers’ compensation settlement from one of the world’s largest online retailers. If you’ve been injured and try to work directly with Amazon’s insurance company, you may risk having your claim denied. Even if your claim was legitimate, insurance companies might try to pressure you to settle your claim quickly. Obtaining knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorneys at Castillo Law can help with your Amazon work injury claim. Schedule a free consultation with us today.
Castillo & Associates have a proven track record of impressive results and have recovered nearly $300 Million in client compensation.
Serious Injury Incidents More Common at Amazon Warehouses
Data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) showed that Amazon warehouse jobs are more dangerous than comparable warehouses. OSHA is the U.S. Department of Labor section responsible for collecting work-related injuries and illnesses from employers.
A recordable injury or illness is defined explicitly for OSHA recording purposes. Even though a work-related injury isn’t recorded as part of OSHA’s reporting requirements, you may still have a valid worker’s compensation claim.
Under OSHA’s reporting requirements, companies like Amazon must self-report specific categories of work-related injuries. These include: Any work-related fatalities, Work-related injuries or illnesses resulting in the loss of consciousness, missing days from work, or transferring to a lighter job; Injuries that require medical treatment. First aid does not count as medical treatment; Work-related diagnosed cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones, teeth, and punctured eardrums.
Since 2017, Amazon has reported a higher rate of serious injury incidents. These work-related injures have caused employees to miss work or request to be transferred to light-duty tasks. For example, in 2020, Amazon reported 5.9 serious injuries per 100 employees. That statistic is more than Walmart, the largest private U.S. employer. In the same year, Walmart reported 2.5 serious injury cases per 100 workers at its facilities.
Local Amazon Warehouse Locations:
- Cathedral City – 35780 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City, CA 92234
- Moreno Valley – 24208 San Michele Rd, Moreno Valley, CA 92551
- Eastvale – 4950 Goodman Way. Eastvale, CA 91752
- San Bernardino – 2125 W San Bernardino Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92408
- San Bernardino – 555 E Orange Show Rd. San Bernardino, CA 92408
- Riverside – 20901 Krameria Ave. Riverside, CA 92508
- Fontana – 11263 Oleander Ave. Fontana, CA 92337
- Rialto – 2496 W Walnut Ave. Rialto, CA 92376
- San Diego – 9269 Lightwave Ave, San Diego, CA 92123
- Beaumont – 1010 W. Fourth St. Beaumont, CA 92223
- San Diego – 16550 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127
While a Popular Service, Amazon Has Serious & Continuous Work Safety Problems
Although Amazon is the world’s largest retailer (only next to Walmart), they have always had issues with employee safety and troubling working conditions. A 2022 report by The Strategic Organizing Center “Workers at Amazon facilities sustained about 38,000 injuries in 2021 compared to 27,700 in 2020 and 21,200 in 2019, and the serious injury rate was 6.8 per 100 Amazon workers, compared to a 3.3 per 100 for non-Amazon facilities” (Source NY Post). The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has also reported Amazon consistently on it’s “Dirty Dozen” companies list – here’s their recent list from April 2022.
As noted above, OSHA has cited Amazon warehouses in California for exposing its employees to workplace hazards. These injuries included ladder injuries such as falls, slips, and trips. Dangerous noise levels. Electrical and amputation hazards, unsafe machinery, and the lack of personal protective equipment. Muscle strains and other related injuries from standing for 10-hour shifts for days a week, without breaks. Other violations included repetitive motion injuries from frequent bending and exertion. Back injuries from lifting were also noted.
Some high-injury job tasks at Amazon include: Using ladders to retrieve stock; Lifting products for shipments; Unpacking items upon arrival at a facility; Inspecting goods; Sorting through an order; Forklift driving; Conveyor belt processing; Truck deliveries.
Workers’ Compensation Laws and Rights in California
All employers in California must provide workers’ compensation benefits to their employees. Amazon must provide this insurance coverage to all its workers – including subcontractors and independent contractors. Employers cannot ask their employees to help pay the insurance premium for workers’ compensation.
Employers in California must provide a “notice to employees” poster in a conspicuous place at the worksite. The sign should contain information on the workers’ compensation coverage and where to get medical care for work-related injuries.
Employees have the right to pursue financial recovery after any occupational injury or illness at Amazon’s warehouses. Under most circumstances, injured workers do not have to prove that Amazon was at fault for their injury.
Injured employees from Amazon must follow the workers’ comp rules and the company’s policies to qualify for compensation. However, even if you did break company policies, you could still be eligible for workers’ compensation.
What Workers’ Compensation Damages Can I Recover?
Workers’ compensation in California covers all accident-related medical bills, disability costs, and job displacement wages. Under California law, when an employee experiences a work-related injury, the employer must provide and pay for certain expenses. These include temporary disability benefits, medical expenses, two-thirds of income (tax-free), compensation for a permanent disability.
Amazon Workers’ Comp Claim
An Amazon workers’ comp claim in California can be incredibly challenging to navigate. Amazon has its own lawyers and experts that deal with workers’ compensation to minimize its cost. It’s essential that an employee also has an expert and legal representation to ensure they are not taken advantage of. Our attorneys have plenty of trial and pre-trial experience handling simple to complex workers’ compensation claims. Contact an Amazon work injury lawyer at Castillo & Associates for your free evaluation today.
The attorneys at the Castillo & Asscociates have over 50 years of combined workers’ compensation experience and have collectively resolved and reached settlements in excess of $300,000,000 including awards and various benefits for thousands of clients. We are a bilingual law firm that give special & immediate attention to clients injured at an Amazon warehouse, delivery or due to another accident on the job. Furthermore, some of our staff are prior insurance claims adjusters from prior large carriers with extensive experience, and know the other side very well.
Attorney Domingo Castillo is a workers’ compensation & personal injury lawyer who serve Southern California from our 5 offices: Indio, Pomona, Riverside, San Diego & Calexico.