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Warehouses and storage facilities can be dangerous places to work.
People, machines, and heavy cargo are moving fast to get where they need to be. It’s no wonder that the sector’s fatal injury rate is higher than the national average.
Today, there are more people employed as machine operators, order fillers, material handlers, warehouse clerks, distro managers, and forklift operators than ever before. This also means there is more room for serious workplace injuries.
Among the dangers of working in a warehouse are:
- Pallet rack collapse
- Slip, trip and fall
- Hazardous material incident
- Forklift crash
Across greater New York City, when people are injured on the job at a warehouse, they need an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to get the most out of their claim. An NYC warehouse injury lawyer can investigate your accident, file the correct paperwork, meet legal deadlines, and argue on your behalf to get you the most money for your claim. If your claim is rejected, our law firm knows what to do next.
The New York workers’ comp law firm Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano LLP has been fighting to get injured warehouse workers the most money for their claims for decades. If you’ve been hurt in a warehouse, contact us for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.
What warehouse accidents does workers' comp cover?
If you get hurt while working in a warehouse, workers’ compensation should pay for your medical expenses and partial replacement of your lost wages if you can’t work, no matter what type of injury you sustained. That’s how New York’s workers’ compensation system works. All that matters is that you were on the job when it happened. There are only a few very specific exceptions, such as intentionally injuring yourself.
If you aren’t sure whether your injury or illness is covered, give us a call. Our work injury attorneys can explain your rights.
Warehouse Accident Factors
There are a lot of opportunities for bad accidents to happen in a storehouse. Some of the most common factors in injury-causing warehouse incidents are:
- Unsafe docks
- Unsafe use of forklifts
- Failure to provide or train for proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Inadequate fire safety equipment
- Failure to follow lockout and tagout procedures
- Faulty electricity or wiring methods
- Floor and wall holes
- Polluted air
- Chemical spills
- Employee fatigue
- People working under the influence of drugs and alcohol
Common warehouse injuries
One of the most common injuries warehouse and stockroom workers suffer is overexertion. This injury happens when a person pushes their body past the point of what it can physically handle. Working in a hot environment can also increase the chances of employee overexertion. Damage from this type of injury can include tendon tears, joint dislocation, inflamed tissue and back pain.
Other common accidents include trip and falls, falls from heights, electrocution and machinery accidents. Note that not every warehouse injury happens in a single incident. Warehouse workers are also vulnerable to repetitive stress injuries (RSI) caused by the cumulative trauma of making the same motions day after day.
Warehouse workers are more likely to injure their lower extremities like their knees, ankles and feet compared to other parts of the body. Other body parts that are regularly injured in this industry are hands, backs and shoulders.
We’ll fight while you heal
Whether you work in inventory control in Manhattan, heavy machine operation on Staten Island, packing in The Bronx, maintenance in Queens, or any other warehouse position, if you were injured on the job, it may be days, weeks or even months before you can get back to earning a paycheck. While you recover, it is important that you have your medical bills paid and money coming in to replace the income you’ve lost. Through a successful workers’ compensation claim, you should be able to get both.
At Pasternack, Tilker, Ziegler, Walsh, Stanton & Romano we are dedicated to helping injured workers get their lives back on track. We have helped thousands of people access New York workers’ compensation benefits. Call us at (866) 829-0175 or contact us online for a confidential, free case evaluation and to learn more about what Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano can do for you.