Amazon Warehouses Hold Monopoly On Warehouse Injuries
Amazon is one of America’s wealthiest companies in terms of net worth thanks to its lightning fast delivery services along with a vast variety of products for consumers to choose from. However, attaining these lightning fast deliveries and maintaining these services comes at a price. Amazon is well-known for having numerous warehouse and fulfillment facilities where actions are calculated with precision and deviations from the actions and quotas approved in a given time are met with harsh punishments. This means that Amazon workers have to push themselves to meet unrealistic demands so that consumers can get the product they’ve purchased on time in the speedy manner that they expect even at the cost of injury.
And that’s exactly what seems to be troubling the company as of late. According to a recent study by the Strategic Organizing Center, Amazon warehouse workers in the U.S. suffered serious injuries at twice the rate of rival companies in 2021. At 6.8 serious injuries for every 100 Amazon workers, it’s more than twice the rate of all other employers in the warehouse industry which averages 3.3 serious injuries for every 100 workers. Overall, Amazon logged 38,000 total injuries in 2021 with the vast majority being categorized as “serious injuries” where the individual is unable to perform their regular job functions.
Normally Amazon workers are able to file for worker’s comp, but if you suffer a significant or even catastrophic injury you’ll want to file a personal injury case as a worker’s comp case isn’t going to get you proper recovery for your damages.
At Eric Roy Law Firm, we make our clients who work with our personal injury attorney in Las Vegas, NV aware of the fact that unlike worker’s comp, a personal injury case entitles you to recover all of your damages ranging from short term medical bills, long term medical bills (bills expected to accrue after the case has been settled), pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, punitive damages, rehabilitation service bills, and overall income lost as well as income expected to be lost as a direct result of the injury.
Workers comp barely covers half of those damages with just income lost, rehabilitation services and medical bills (to a point.) in filing a workers comp case you also lose the right to sue if for some reason you are unsatisfied and need more compensation.
Amazon’s staggering amount of worker injuries has been attributed to the company’s pandemic-induced hiring spree to fulfill the increasing amount of mail orders at the time. Still, unless the company alters its ethical policies and worker quotas to reflect realistic standards, the company could continue to build liability against itself.