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Amazon Workers’ Compensation Injuries
We are Illinois lawyers, who since 2001, have been offering legal guidance and attorney referrals to the best workers compensation attorneys in Illinois. We have helped hundreds of injured Amazon workers over the years. Call our office at 312-346-5320 or 800-517-1614 to speak with an attorney for FREE and get pointed in the right direction.
By 2021, Amazon was the third largest company in the world. Their production and efficiency rates are unlike any other company to service the amount of people they do. Their tactics might be working great for Jeff Bezos, but they are most certainly taking a toll on the employees. I’d estimate that 10% of the calls we get about workers compensation law in Illinois are from injured Amazon employees.
Why the Injuries Occur
Over the past few years, Amazon warehouses have been all over the news for poor work environments, employee overexertion and high-pressure working conditions. Manufacturing warehouses are naturally prone to the occurrence of work-related injuries, but when adding inhumane quotas like Amazon, the frequency of injuries significantly rise. The combination of long hours, demanding production rates, minimal employee appreciation and the dangerous environment of a warehouse likely leads to an unfortunate, even inevitable, accident.
Types of Injuries and Accidents
- Repetitive stress injury
- Being hit by falling objects
- Equipment malfunctions
- Tripping or falling
- Back and shoulder injuries from lifting
- Vehicle collision
- Physical assaults
- Dog attacks
- Lifting injuries
- Slip and falls
Third Party Claims
Some Amazon workers get injured due to the fault of an outside party. It could be a dog bite making a delivery. Or a car accident. Or a vendor being negligent. When that happens, not only do you have an Illinois workers compensation case, you may also have a lawsuit against the other party. This is known as a third party claim. The law firms we work with on cases can handle both claims in house which will maximize the amount of money you receive in the ed.
If you have been injured in the workplace or during your course of employment, you may be entitled to the following benefits depending on your circumstances and injury:
- Temporary or permanent disability payments
- Payment of 100% of your medical bills
- Vocational training and job placement if you can’t return to work
- A settlement in the end when you are all better
Dealing with the Insurance Company
The insurance company that handles Amazons workers’ compensations cases is Sedgwick. Sedgwick is a major insurance company that works with other large corporations like Target and PepsiCo, meaning they have many employees that handle the large amount of claims they receive. Adjusters are the individuals who work for Sedgwick that handle claims and directly interact with claimants and attorneys.
These adjusters can be ruthless and certainly aren’t looking out for you. With such a large company like Amazon, they tend to source the same adjusters to the same place. Attorneys are likely to have standing relationships with these adjusters thus knowing their tricks. It is extremely helpful to have an attorney that is experienced with handling Amazon workers’ compensation claims as they know the drill.
If you would like to discuss an Illinois Amazon work comp case, please contact us any time at 312-346-5320. We promise to treat you like a family member or friend.