Companies in Texas and every other state have an obligation to keep workers safe. However, Amazon was a part of the April 2018 “dirty dozen” list created by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. According to the list, there were seven deaths at Amazon warehouses since 2013, and three of those deaths took place within a five-week period in 2017.
While the company touts its safety record, one employee claimed that he was terminated after a back injury. His lawsuit claims that a manager said the 43-year-old man was too young to have back problems. The man was terminated before he was even able to see a doctor. An employee in Pennsylvania was terminated weeks after getting hurt while working in a fulfillment center. There have also been reports of employees quitting because of the stress and exhaustion that they experience while on the job.
If a worker is injured on the job, he or she may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on the severity of an injury, a worker may be able to receive them on a permanent basis. An attorney may work with an individual to determine the severity of an injury and how to obtain compensation. Compensation might make up for lost wages as well as pay medical bills related to an injury experienced on the job.
An attorney may also be able to help an injured worker fill out an application for benefits or file an appeal if a claim is denied. Having legal representation may also be ideal if an employer or an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company is not working to resolve the matter in a timely fashion. The attorney may represent a worker in court if necessary.