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Injuries in Amazon warehouses are common and some Amazon employees have struggled to get the benefits they deserve. At Atticus, we’ve helped more workers’ comp clients from Amazon than any other employer.
If you've been injured at Amazon — whether it was the result of a one-time accident or over-time strain — you likely qualify for paid medical care and lost wage relief. This is true regardless of why or how you were injured.
Here’s how to ensure you get the benefits you’re entitled to.
If you’re an Amazon employee who was injured on the job, here are the most important things to know:
*There are some exceptions to this rule. Namely, in Texas, where employers can opt-out of buying workers’ compensation insurance. In Texas, Amazon is a “non-subscriber” employee. That means they can forgo having workers’ comp insurance, but lose protection from employee lawsuits. If you’ve been injured at an Amazon facility in Texas, it’s still possible to be compensated, but you’ll want to speak with a lawyer to determine the best path forward.
There are two main benefits that you can receive through workers’ compensation:
Lost wage relief: If you’re out of work, Amazon/Sedgewick should pay you a percentage of the earnings you would have received if you had been working. If you’ll be unable to work for a longer duration, you’ll get a workers’ comp settlement offer. Your settlement will include money for “future wages” that you will be unable to earn due to your injuries.
In most states, your payments are calculated based on two-thirds of your “average weekly wage,” but this does vary based on the state you’re employed in. We break down how much you’ll make on workers’ compensation in every state here.
Medical care: Amazon or Sedgewick should cover your medical treatment. This includes all medical care reasonably related to your injury and required for your recovery — specialist consultations, surgeries, medication, physical therapy, hospital visits, etc. In some states, you’ll be required to see a doctor Amazon or Sedgewick chooses. This doctor will determine what care you need, when you can go back to work, and what kind of work you’re physically able to do.
While the duration of a workers’ comp claim varies, claims generally follow these basic steps:
Read more on what to expect when you’re injured at work here.
Many workplace injuries qualify for workers’ comp. If it keeps you from working or requires treatment, it’s worthwhile to file a claim.
Musculoskeletal injuries are the most common injuries amongst Amazon warehouse workers — making up 40% of injuries. These are things like sprains or strains that can be caused by repetitive motions, and often occur over time. At Amazon, they’re most common in the first six months of employment.
One-time injuries are also fairly common — especially given the fast-paced nature of work at Amazon. Across all U.S. workers’ comp claims, common work-related injuries include contact with objects and equipment, overexertion, and falls, slips, and trips. Cuts, burns, and abrasions also make up a large number of claims across all occupations.
Less common, but still qualifying, are conditions that result from exposure to harmful substances. If you get sick from hazards in your workplace — like chemicals or asbestos — you should also see a doctor, report it to your supervisor, and file a claim.
Read more about the kinds of injuries that can qualify for workers’ comp.
Yes, Amazon offers workers’ comp coverage through a company called Sedgewick. If you get injured at work, you should report it directly to your supervisor or manager.
Firing an employee in retaliation for a workers’ compensation claim is illegal — even in “at-will” states where employees can be fired for any reason. If you were injured at work, and then fired, you may want to speak to an employment lawyer.
Yes. If you’re worried about receiving lost wage pay after filing your claim, a workers’ compensation lawyer can help ensure you get the compensation you’re entitled to.
Sometimes, your workers’ comp doctors will say you’re approved to go back to work, but your personal doctor will advise against it. Or maybe you’ll still feel pain, but you’re told to go on “light duty.” Unfortunately, our advice here depends on your state, condition, and stage of your claim. In these cases, it’s best to keep getting treatment, and to speak with a lawyer before deciding your next step.
The workers’ compensation system may feel straightforward. And as a result, many people don’t think they need legal representation unless they’re denied. But a workers’ compensation lawyer can also help you navigate the workers’ comp process and negotiate a larger settlement. You also don’t have to pay a lawyer anything until you win, and their rates are capped by your state government. We recommend them to just about everyone.
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