Pennsylvania Amazon Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Many Amazon workers face serious dangers on a daily basis.

The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation program offers benefits to workers that are hurt on the job. Employees may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if they are involved in an accident while at work or if they are exposed to working conditions resulting in an occupational illness or disease.

While the nuances of workers’ compensation laws vary by state, the one thing they have in common is that injured workers receive benefits to help them recover from a work-related accident. Importantly, the accident does not have to be serious to qualify for workers’ compensation. Even minor injuries qualify. And because the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation program is a no-fault system, injured workers do not need to prove that Amazon was at fault for their injuries. Even those employees who were partially responsible for their own injuries may be entitled to benefits.

Amazon employees may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits after any type of on-the-job injury. However, applicants must strictly comply with all procedural requirements to ensure their eligibility.

Obtaining Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Generally, Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits cover an injured employee’s lost wages and medical expenses. Thus, the total cost of all visits to the doctor, as well as all tests, medications and transportation to and from appointments is covered.  Workers’ compensation rules differ from state to state, and Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation laws have several unique aspects, making the process more difficult in some situations.

Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits do not cover non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. However, in certain circumstances an injured Amazon employee may be able to pursue a Pennsylvania personal injury claim against the third party who was responsible for their injuries. Accident victims may be entitled non-economic damages through a personal injury lawsuit.

Typically, workers' compensation in Pennsylvania provides a worker with about 66 percent of their weekly wages while they are recovering.

Because there are no federal regulations regarding safeguards that should be in place for on-the-job lifting, Amazon must take responsibility to address these concerns in safety guidelines and procedures. Not only that, but Amazon supervisors must encourage employees to follow the safeguards that are put into place.

Amazon Basics

Behind the marketplace

Amazon.com is an e-commerce and cloud computing company based in the United States. Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994. Amazon’s headquarters are in Seattle, Washington. The company got started as an online bookstore but eventually broadened its offerings. Today, Amazon sells almost every type of product, including groceries, to consumers around the world.

Amazon is the largest internet retailer in the world. Recently, the company’s market capitalization was $1.1 trillion. Amazon is also the world’s largest producer of cloud infrastructure services with separate websites in many different countries. Amazon ships all over the world, and employs roughly 750,000 people globally and approximately 350,000 people in the United States.

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Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits cover an injured employee’s lost wages and medical expenses for treatment related to their injury.

Workers’ Compensation Claims for Amazon Employees

Many Amazon workers face serious dangers on a daily basis. For example, Amazon employees may sustain any of the following injuries:

  • A concussion after a slip-and-fall accident,
  • A back injury from lifting or unloading items from a vehicle,
  • Head trauma as a result of a Pennsylvania motor vehicle collision,
  • Leg, back or neck injuries as a result of a slip-and-fall accident.

Amazon work injuries can take months to heal without the proper medical treatment. The purpose of workers’ compensation is to help injured workers recover physically and financially and get back to work. Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits cover an injured employee’s lost wages and medical expenses for treatment related to their injury.

In the tragic case where a workplace accident leaves an Amazon employee permanently disabled, the worker may be eligible to obtain additional compensation. Workers’ compensation also provides partial benefits to those who are not able to return to their position, but can still work. For example, in this situation, workers’ compensation benefits may include the cost of vocational training.

The process of filing for workers’ compensation benefits after an Amazon work injury is not straightforward. It is imperative for those injured on the job to report the injury immediately and file a claim. If any of the workers’ compensation-imposed deadlines are missed, a worker’s claim may be automatically denied without the opportunity for further review. An experienced Erie workers’ compensation lawyer can ensure injured employees’ rights are protected and that they are treated fairly.

While the nuances of workers’ compensation laws vary by state, the one thing they have in common is that injured workers receive benefits to help them recover from a work-related accident. Importantly, the accident does not have to be serious to qualify for workers’ compensation. Even minor injuries qualify. And because the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation program is a no-fault system, injured workers do not need to prove that Amazon was at fault for their injuries. Even those employees who were partially responsible for their own injuries may be entitled to benefits.

When pursing a workers’ compensation claim after an Amazon workplace injury, the process can seem overwhelming. At the Erie workers’ compensation law firm of Melaragno, Placidi & Parini, we help Amazon workers get their life back to normal after an accident by assisting with the workers’ compensation process. Our skilled team of attorneys has decades of collective experience handling all types of workplace injury claims, including those for Amazon employees.

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Common Types of Amazon Workplace Injuries

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    Knee Injuries

    A knee injury can be debilitating and may result in restricted movement and the inability to carry heavy objects. Knee injuries frequently occur in situations such as: Hitting a knee on a sharp object, falling on a knee or knees after tripping on an object or hazardous condition, and slipping and falling while carrying a product.

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    Ankle Injuries

    It is not difficult to twist an ankle when tripping, slipping or stepping on an uneven surface. An ankle sprain occurs when the foot rolls to the side or twists awkwardly, forcing the ankle joint to shift. This may cause the ankle ligaments to stretch or tear. Usually, with the right treatment, a worker can fully recover in a few weeks. However, serious ankle injuries could take several months to completely heal.

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    Back Injuries

    Most back injuries are the result of twisting or overextending the spine while pushing, pulling or lifting. Workers who are responsible for stocking, loading and delivery packages are especially at risk. Common work-related back injuries include: Fractured vertebrae, herniated, slipped/bulging discs, spinal cord damage, and pinched nerves.

It is crucial for Amazon employees who have been injured on the job to seek medical care immediately. Proceed with caution, as broken or fractured vertebra or nerve damage must be treated with great care as not to cause further problems. Supervisors should be aware of this and must take the necessary precautions.

What to Do After an Amazon Workplace Injury

Amazon employees may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits after any type of on-the-job injury. However, the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system is complex, and applicants must strictly comply with all procedural requirements to ensure their eligibility. For example, injured workers should:

  • Immediately notify a supervisor verbally and in writing;
  • Document the accident and the injury in as much detail as possible, including the names and contact information of any witnesses;
  • Seek medical treatment, even if the injury seems minor; and
  • Ensure that the doctor orders the correct tests to diagnose the injury and come up with a treatment plan.

It is imperative to keep a precise record the accident as well as all subsequent steps to seek a prompt medical evaluation and treatment. Injured workers should also retain all receipts relating to the incident and keep Amazon management up-to-date on how long they are expected to be off work. The more information Amazon has, the less reason there is to deny a claim.

As part of our promise to you, we will spend as long as it takes to help you understand the process and determine if you have the right to file a lawsuit to compensate you for your injuries.

Speak to a Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Attorney for Immediate Assistance

If you have been injured in a Pennsylvania Amazon workplace accident, contact the dedicated injury advocates at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini. At Melaragno, Placidi & Parini, our team of attorneys is committed to helping you and your family overcome the challenges that you face after an Amazon workplace injury. We handle all types of Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claims and know what it takes to succeed on our clients’ behalf.

Our lawyers have been selected as Top 10 Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, which is a testament to our exceptional and outstanding client service. As part of our promise to you, we will spend as long as it takes to help you understand the process and determine if you have the right to file a lawsuit to compensate you for your injuries. From there we will provide you with reasoned counsel on how to proceed to obtain the compensation you need and deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (814) 459-5557.