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Amazon Workers’ Compensation Claims Lawyer

Jobs at massive Amazon fulfillment centers are dangerous. Between the constant heavy lifting, repetitive motions, precarious high shelving, and crazy performance demands, Amazon workers face daily risks of strains, sprains, breaks, and even life-threatening accidents.  When you get hurt on the job like that, you need workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical costs and lost wages. Unfortunately, actually getting those rightful benefits from Amazon’s billion-dollar insurance companies can be quite challenging – they’ll lowball, delay, or outright deny your legit compensation claims every single time in order to protect their corporate bottom line at all costs. Don’t let them bully you into giving up! Hire our team of workers’ compensation lawyers, and we’ll go to war, making sure Amazon pays out every penny you deserve. Call us today at (713) 804-8149 to set up a free initial consult.

What Types of Amazon Injuries Are Covered?

Any injury or illness stemming from an incident or condition at your Amazon workplace should qualify you for workers’ comp benefits under Texas laws. Common examples we see:

  • Lifting injuries:
    • Back strains, herniated disks, and other spine trauma from constant heavy lifting.
  • Repetitive use injuries:
    • Carpal tunnel, tendonitis, or other issues from doing the same motions for hours.
  • Slip/trip and falls:
    • Getting hurt from slick floors, obstructed walkways, or cluttered mess areas.
  • Crushing injuries:
    • Getting pinned or struck by machines, forklifts, toppling product pallets, etc.
  • Falling object wounds:
    • Head injuries or broken bones from merchandise falling off high shelves.
  • General overexertion injuries:
    • Pushed too hard by quota demands leading to sprains or heat illnesses.

It doesn’t matter if the incident was your “fault” by mistake. If it happened due to your routine Amazon job duties, their workers’ comp coverage should apply.

What Benefits Does Workers’ Comp Provide?

When properly paid out, workers’ compensation insurance provides crucial benefits like:

  • Medical treatment costs:
    • All related hospital stays, surgeries, medications, equipment, therapy etc.
  • Disability payments:
    • Regular checks paid if you miss work while recovering, based on your normal wages.
  • Permanent disability:
    • Larger lump sum payments if you can’t return to the same job ever again.
  • Job retraining:
    • For new employment if your Amazon injuries permanently prevented your old duties.
  • Death benefits:
    • Paid to families if a workplace accident or exposure leads to tragic loss of life.

The amount of these benefits depends on details like the severity of injuries, whether disabilities are permanent or temporary, your typical earnings at Amazon, and more. At Husain Law + Associates — Houston Accident & Injury Lawyers, P.C., our lawyers calculate all qualifying benefits to ensure you get every penny you deserve.

What If Amazon Denies My Claim?

Unfortunately, this happens all the time – even for legitimately injured Amazon employees following safety rules to a tee. Major corporations routinely deny or lowball workers’ comp claims to protect profits. Common (but bogus) reasons Amazon may use:

  • They claim your injury didn’t actually occur at work
  • They falsely accuse you of violating safety policies
  • They argue you had pre-existing conditions that caused the injury, not Amazon
  • They say you’ve recovered enough to return to work already

But none of those are proper grounds under Texas law for denying benefits to an Amazon employee injured on the job through no real fault of their own! Our attorneys can fight back by gathering rock-solid evidence like:

  • Eyewitness statements and photo/video proof of your on-site accident
  • Expert medical opinions confirming the severity of your injuries
  • Employment records confirming you followed all safety protocols
  • And more to get an improper claim denial overturned

What If I Had a Pre-Existing Injury or Condition?

You can still qualify for workers’ comp even if you had a prior injury or health condition, as long as your duties at Amazon aggravated or worsened that pre-existing issue. For example, maybe you had a previous shoulder or knee injury. If the repetitive lifting and movements required as an Amazon worker caused that old injury to severely flare up again, their workers’ comp policy should cover all your new treatment and disability costs. The same applies if you had an underlying condition like diabetes that was relatively under control until the physical stress of your Amazon job made symptoms unmanageable. Their insurance can’t just write you off as a “pre-existing condition.” At Husain Law + Associates — Houston Accident & Injury Lawyers, P.C., we know how to prove your workplace activities were the direct cause of your current injured or deteriorated state.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

In Texas, you have 30 days from the date of your injury to notify Amazon about it in writing. Then you have one year from that same date to officially file your workers’ compensation claim for benefits. If you miss either of those strict deadlines, you could permanently lose out on getting any compensation whatsoever for that workplace injury or illness through Amazon’s insurance. The earlier you give Amazon notice and your attorney files the claim, the easier it will be to gather all the documentation, evidence, and witness accounts needed to build a strong, airtight case they can’t refute.

Can Amazon Fire Me for Filing for Workers’ Comp?

No, that’s 100% illegal. Texas laws protect injured workers by prohibiting any employer (Amazon included) from punishing you through termination, demotion, pay cuts, or any other retaliatory actions simply for exercising your rightful workers’ comp benefits after an on-site injury. If Amazon even tries any shady moves like that, we’ll hit them with additional legal claims for wrongful termination, disability discrimination, and more costly violations on top of the workers’ comp case. However, keep in mind that they can legally fire you if your Amazon workplace injuries leave you objectively unable to continue performing the essential duties of your role, even with reasonable accommodations like modified schedules or assistive equipment. For example, if your injuries permanently prohibit you from lifting over 20 lbs but that’s unavoidable for your specific Amazon warehouse position, they may be able to dismiss you from that role. The laws around “essential duties” can get very nuanced.

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Massive corporations like Amazon have entire legal departments dedicated to denying and delaying paying injured employees the benefits they rightfully deserve. Their view? Profits over people, every time. But when you hire Husain Law + Associates — Houston Accident & Injury Lawyers, P.C., you add unmatched legal muscle to your corner. Call us today at (713) 804-8149 to set up a free initial consult.

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