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Amazon Workers Injuries and Workers’ Compensation in Arizona

Amazon employees will likely sustain an injury if they are employed for any length of time. We’re not just saying this to be alarmists. The reality is that injuries happen. More than half of Amazon warehouse workers get injured within just three years, according to studies, and recovering compensation can be incredibly challenging. What happens if an Amazon worker at one of our fulfillment centers sustains an injury? Can they recover workers’ compensation benefits?

The Alarming Rate of Injuries at Amazon Warehouses

Amazon warehouses are notorious for their high injury rates. A report from the Strategic Organizing Center (SOC) highlighted that Amazon warehouse workers sustained more than 34,000 severe on-the-job injuries in 2021 alone. This translates to a serious injury rate that is more than twice as high as the rate at non-Amazon warehouses. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has frequently cited Amazon for exposing workers to ergonomic hazards, leading to high risks of musculoskeletal disorders, including low back injuries and repetitive strain injuries.

Common Types of Injuries at Amazon Warehouses

The types of injuries Amazon workers experience vary, but many are serious and impact their ability to work. According to surveys, common injuries include:

Workers have reported that the fast-paced and high-pressure work environment at Amazon contributes significantly to these injuries. The need to meet stringent productivity quotas often forces workers to push their physical limits, leading to accidents and injuries.

Challenges in Securing Workers’ Compensation

Securing workers’ compensation benefits as an Amazon employee can be complicated. Despite the high injury rates, Amazon has been accused of underreporting injuries and failing to provide adequate medical care to injured workers. OSHA investigations have revealed that Amazon’s on-site first-aid clinics are often understaffed, which hinders proper injury reporting and treatment.

However, Arizona law mandates that employers provide workers’ comp benefits to workers who are injured on the job. This includes coverage for medical bills related to workplace injury, rehabilitation costs if needed, and a portion of lost wages. Injured Amazon workers in Arizona should seek immediate medical attention and report their injuries to their supervisors to ensure they receive the benefits they are entitled to.

Steps to Take If You Are Injured

If you are an Amazon worker in Arizona and have sustained an injury on the job, follow these steps to protect your rights and secure workers’ compensation:

How an Attorney Can Help

Navigating a workers’ comp claim can be daunting, especially when dealing with a large corporation like Amazon. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can provide invaluable assistance by:

Empathy and Support for Amazon Workers

At Crossman Law Offices, we understand the toll that workplace injuries can take on Amazon employees and their families. We are committed to helping you navigate the workers’ injury process and secure the benefits you deserve. Our compassionate team is here to support you every step of the way.

If you or a loved one has been injured while working at an Amazon fulfillment center in Arizona, contact us for a free consultation. We will review your case, explain your legal options, and help you take the necessary steps to protect your rights.