Warehouse Worker Injury Claims In Florida
From warehouses for major companies like Amazon and Walmart to many other types of warehouses in Florida, these worksites pose a variety of injury risks to workers. Indeed, a recent CNBC report noted that a new study showed Amazon warehouse workers to be sustaining injuries at higher rates than other warehouse workers, but also underscored that these jobs can be extremely dangerous regardless of the company. As that report explains, Amazon has an injury rate that is more than double the injury rate of Walmart warehouse workers, yet both figures are surprisingly high. When it comes to Amazon warehouse workers, the overall injury rate in 2020 was approximately 6.5 injuries for every 100 workers, while the overall injury rate at Walmart warehouses was about 3 injuries for every 100 employees during the same time period. And many of the injuries that warehouse workers sustain are classified as serious injuries. Serious injuries are those, according to the report, that “require employees to either miss work entirely . . . or be placed on light or restricted duty.”
If you work at a warehouse in Florida and you sustained an on-the-job injury, it is important to seek advice from a South Florida workers’ compensation lawyer about filing a claim. In the meantime, we want to provide you with information about warehouse worker injuries.
Understanding Warehouse Injuries
While relatively few warehouse injuries are fatal, these injuries can result in lost wages, physical pain, and significant medical issues. Injury type can vary in part depending upon the type of warehouse, but generally speaking, the following are some of the most common injuries that workers suffer at American warehouses:
- Forklift accidents: Forklift accidents can take many forms, from injuries caused by pallets overturning while being moved on a forklift to forklifts overturning and crushing workers. It is critical for warehouse employers to focus on forklift safety training and to ensure that all forklifts are properly maintained.
- Struck-by accidents: Many struck-by accidents involve forklifts, such as incidents in which materials being transported by a forklift fall or overturn and strike a nearby worker. Falling boxes and tools are also commonly involved in struck-by accidents in warehouses.
- Slip and fall accidents: Warehouses are often full of materials that can result in dangerous slip and fall accidents and injuries among workers, from materials housed in products—like oils, liquids, and powders—to slick surfaces on loading docks caused by heavy rains. Trips and falls can also occur in warehouses when pathways are not sufficiently cleared.
All of these injuries, in most scenarios, allow the injured worker to obtain compensation by filing a workers’ compensation claim. If you sustained any type of warehouse injury at work, you may be eligible for compensation.
Contact Our Sunrise Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
If you were injured on the job at a warehouse in Florida, you should get in touch with one of our experienced Sunrise workers’ compensation lawyers today to learn how you can begin the workers’ compensation claims process. Contact the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A. for more information about the services we provide to injured workers and their families throughout South Florida.