There was a time when Amazon was the fastest growing retailer in the world. Now, it’s the largest retailer in the world. The global demand for Amazon products and pressure to timely deliver them could cause both Amazon and its employees to cut corners. That’s when accidents happen, and employees are injured. After suffering injuries on the job at Amazon’s Sacramento fulfillment center, you’ll quickly learn that you’re likely going to be treated with utter disdain and indifference. That’s because it’s Amazon’s policy to discourage and defend or deny employee workers’ compensation claims.
The “Dirty Dozen”
As per The Guardian, in 2018, the National Council for Safety and Health ranked Amazon on its “dirty dozen” list of the most dangerous companies to work for in the United States. It found that Amazon placed employee productivity and efficiency in fulfilling high order demands over the safety of its warehouse employees. Amazon says that it is proud of its employee safety record while referring to its Safety Leadership Program.
Amazon’s On-Site Clinics
Any Amazon on-site employee health clinics are funded by the company. The people who work in those clinics are employees of the company. Amazon’s objective is twofold. First, it provides first aid and gets injured employees back to work. Then, without a physical examination by even a company doctor, the nature and extent of a fulfillment center employee’s injuries are minimized. For workers’ compensation purposes, workers aren’t permitted to report serious injuries at Amazon’s employee health clinics. The practice of providing fulfillment center employees with rudimentary first aid and sending them back out the center’s floors could ultimately lead to chronic injuries and permanent disability.
What to Do After Being Injured in an Amazon Fulfillment Center Accident
After being seriously hurt in a work-related accident at the Sacramento Amazon fulfillment center, it’s critical that you inform your supervisor or manager as soon as you can. If you’re asked to complete an accident report form, make sure that you retain a copy of it. Here are some other recommendations:
- Make a list of the contact information for anybody who witnessed your accident along with who you notified of it.
- If possible, take photos of the accident scene, instrumentality or unsafe condition that caused your accident and injuries.
- Be examined and treated by an independent physician.
- Contact our offices to obtain a free confidential consultation and case evaluation.
California Workers’ Compensation Benefits Eligibility
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a full-time Amazon employee, a seasonal worker or even work for a temp agency. It doesn’t matter what your job description is either. If you’re injured during the course and scope of your employment at Amazon’s Sacramento fulfillment center, you become eligible to pursue workers’ compensation benefits under California law. Those benefits include your lost wages, medical bills and any permanent disability.
Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
In almost all cases when someone is injured on the job, the worker will get the best possible outcome by hiring an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.
Attorney Alice A. Strömbom focuses exclusively on Workers’ Compensation Law. She is very familiar with the tactics insurance companies use to avoid providing the medical treatment and disability benefits injured workers deserve, and has a recognized track record in combating such issues.
Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation.