FedEx Worker Injuries
Most people in South Florida are familiar with FedEx as a delivery company, and many people have ordered goods that have been delivered by FedEx. In addition to recognition of FedEx as a consumer, the company also employs more than 500,000 — or half a million — people globally, including many who work in Florida. Those employees work in various types of FedEx workplaces, including express stations, ground hubs, freight service centers, air express hubs, and traditional office buildings. Regardless of whether a FedEx employee is performing a job that requires significant manual labor or largely requires work at a desk, injuries can occur.
When a FedEx employee gets hurt while doing their job, it is critical to get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible to find out more about seeking workers’ compensation coverage. One of our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys in West Palm Beach can talk with you today about your workplace injuries and can help you with your claim. In the meantime, we can provide you with more information about FedEx worker injuries and seeking compensation.
How FedEx Worker Injuries Happen
FedEx workers suffer on-the-job injuries more often than you might think, and most of them are preventable. The good news for workers is that they can usually be eligible for workers’ compensation coverage in the aftermath of a workplace injury. According to a report from ProPublica, workers have been injured at FedEx facilities due to known hazards and unsafe work methods that have included requiring workers to do their jobs at speeds that may be unsafe. Full-time, part-time, and temporary workers have sustained injuries in FedEx jobs in Florida and across the country.
What are some of the types of jobs at FedEx where employees get hurt? FedEx lists seven different types of general jobs for which it employs workers:
- Courier or driver, who makes FedEx deliveries to homes and commercial locations, as well as to FedEx pickup points, in addition to picking up packages;
- Customer service agents who work directly with FedEx customers;
- Handlers who sort and move packages in warehouses, including moving packages onto trucks and, in some cases, working “ramp handler” jobs that involve FedEx freight and aircrafts;
- Customs, or import/export work, which involves working directly with customers, handling payments, and managing other aspects of importing and exporting goods through FedEx;
- Sales and marketing jobs, which involve in-person and telephone-based work; and
- Operations management jobs, which involve managing a FedEx team in one of the areas listed above.
Types of FedEx Worker Injuries
At the jobs above, FedEx workers can sustain injuries in different ways, from injuries in delivery driver crashes to injuries that occur while sorting and moving packages to those that happen in an office setting. Injuries may include but are not limited to:
- Head injuries;
- Spine injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Back and neck injuries;
- Hearing and vision loss;
- Repetitive stress injuries;
- Carpal tunnel syndrome;
- Injuries resulting from overexertion; and
- Sprains and strains.
Contact Our West Palm Beach Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
If you or someone you love got hurt while working for FedEx, our experienced West Palm Beach workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A. can help. We know how dangerous FedEx jobs can be, from FedEx delivery driver jobs to warehousing and loading jobs to desk jobs where accidents like slips and falls can easily occur. To learn more about your ability to obtain workers’ compensation benefits in South Florida, contact our firm today.