Workers’ compensation claims prevalent at Amazon warehouse

| Jan 19, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

Amazon is one of the most popular companies across the world, and there are company warehouses all over the country, including in Fresno. This California warehouse location has a higher-than-normal rate of workers’ compensation claims, which may indicate a need for improved safety at the facility. There were over 300 injuries reported between June 2018, when it opened, and May 2019.

Many workplace injuries are not life-threatening, thankfully, but they can have a serious impact on a person’s ability to work. For example, one woman who worked in the warehouse suffered an injury to the wrist, but she is not able to return to any type of employment because she cannot lift anything heavier than a few pounds. She now depends on her husband’s salary to support the family, along with certain types of government support.

There have also been a considerable number of serious injuries as well. The rate of injuries at this California warehouse that required time off from work was 12 per 100 workers. That is an average that is three times higher than the national average for serious injuries among warehouse workers. Workers at this facility note the stress associated with their jobs because of the fast pace at which they are expected to complete their jobs.

When a worker suffers an injury on the job, he or she is likely eligible for benefits through the workers’ compensation system. This support can help an injured employee pay for medical bills and recoup some losses associated with missed wages. Before filing a claim, it may be helpful for a person to seek an assessment of his or her case to understand more about the specific benefits available.

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