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Warehouse workers at Amazon face similar hazards to workers in any other warehouse. However, according to one study, Amazon workers get injured more than twice as many times as workers in other warehouse jobs. In 2021, there were more than 34,000 serious injuries to employees while on the job at Amazon facilities. Among all warehouse workers in the United States, Amazon employees make up roughly one-third of these workers, but nearly half of all injuries (49%)  happened at Amazon facilities.
Like any personal injury lawsuit, you’ll first need to prove that another person or business entity is responsible for your injuries and was negligent. Where a case becomes more complicated for a self-employed person is in the calculation of lost wages. If you work for someone else, either as an hourly or salaried employee, it is rather straightforward to calculate how many hours or days of work you lost due to your injuries and provide a letter stating what regular compensation and bonuses, commissions, or other forms of compensation you missed out on. You can also include any sick, vacation, or bonus days you had to use during your hospitalization and recovery. If you are self-employed, the process becomes more complicated.
If you’ve been injured on the job, you’ll need to file a claim first with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. In Illinois, you’re allowed to select your own doctor to treat workers’ comp injuries. This is so that you have a better chance of securing a physician who has your recovery and best interests in mind, rather than one who has a vested interest in the insurance company’s profits.  You will, however, need to secure a doctor who accepts workers’ comp insurance, so make sure you let them know upfront that you were injured on the job, and it will be the company’s insurance policy paying. The doctor will need to know this information ahead of time because the insurer will certainly require the doctor to obtain authorization before performing certain treatments or tests.
If you were injured in a trucking accident in Chicago, Berwyn, Oak Lawn, Cicero, or a nearby community, call the injury attorneys at Lloyd Miller Law for a free consultation.

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Workers’ Injury: Big Verdict in Plant Explosion

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Workers’ Injury: Big Verdict in Plant Explosion

Workers’ Injuries: Man wins $5.71 million dollar verdict for injuries sustained as a result of an explosion at employer power plant.  The jury found his employer liable for deliberately intending the worker’s injuries to occur.

Evidence indicated that the employer had experienced a similar explosion at another power plant approximately 15 months earlier and then failed to take any steps to correct the problem at the plant where the worker/plaintiff was injured.

Numerous experts testified at trial relating that the explosion was caused by the dangerous conditions on a hydrogen tank at the facility and that the employer had knowledge of these conditions as evidenced by a series of fires and explosions in the hydrogen systems.

The jury awarded a $1.571 million verdict to the worker and $100,000 to his wife (see grazianandvolpe.com blog August 13, 2011, Personal Injury: Let Me Count Thy Injuries on loss of consortium).  The additional $4 million in punitive damages was a shot across the bow for any company that chooses to disregard its safety rules endangering its employees and the general public.

As experienced personal injury lawyers of over 25 years, Grazian and Volpe endeavors not only to advocate for our clients when they have been injured but also to educate them on how personal injuries and workers’ injuries may be avoided through knowledge of safety laws and hazards. Please follow us on our blog, Grazian and Volpe at LinkedIn and FaceBook, GrazianTalksLaw on Twitter and the first Tuesday of every month on WCIU, You and Me in the Mornings.

About the Author

Kurt D. Lloyd is a plaintiff’s trial lawyer who focuses on medical malpractice and other catastrophic injury cases. He lives in Chicago and represents injured clients throughout Illinois. He is also the founder of Lloyd Law Group, Ltd.

Chicago accident lawyer Kurt D. Lloyd