Amazon Warehouse Injuries Higher Than Others in New York

Amazon is under fire for new reports about the high worker injury rate in its New York warehouses. In late 2023, several news outlets released headlines like “New York City Amazon Warehouse Workers Injured at Higher Rate Than Other Companies.” While representatives for the e-commerce giant claim to be working hard to reduce the rate of worker injuries, these newest reports are only a continuation of ongoing issues with Amazon warehouse safety.

A Look at Amazon Warehouse Safety

The most recent concerns over Amazon warehouse safety surfaced in late 2023, spurred by a report released by the University of Illinois Chicago’s Center for Urban Economic Development. Highlights from the survey include:

  • Two-thirds of Amazon workers took time off for work injury or exhaustion.
  • 69% of surveyed workers took unpaid recovery time.
  • 34% of workers who took off for recovery did so three or more times.
  • 41% of surveyed Amazon workers reported being injured at least once.
  • 51% of Amazon workers employed for three or more years reported injuries.

This survey was conducted across 42 states and 451 Amazon warehouse facilities. However, a closer look shows that New York Amazon workers are impacted by work injury at a higher rate — and many don’t seem to be receiving the workers’ compensation benefits that typically follow a workplace injury.

Have you been injured in an Amazon warehouse in New York? Schedule your free consultation with Tucker Lawyers, PC, and learn how our New York work injury lawyers can help.

National Employment Law Project Says Company Needs to Make Safety Improvements

41% Higher Injury Rates for New York Amazon Workers

The University of Illinois Chicago survey comes more than a year after concerns were released by the National Employment Law Project (NELP). The NELP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping fight for worker rights and safer workplace conditions. The NELP report specifically highlights New York Amazon facilities, noting a 64% increase in worker injuries between 2021 and 2022. 

New York City Amazon warehouse workers were injured at a higher rate than other companies. Amazon says they are working hard to reduce work injuries, but worker surveys indicate otherwise.

In comparing Amazon injury rates to those of other workers in New York, the NELP reports that Amazon workers are injured at a rate of 41% more than workers employed at non-Amazon facilities. The report also notes that 89% of Amazon worker injuries were serious enough that workers had to either take time off work or transfer to a position with different responsibilities to accommodate the injury.

Amazon says it is working hard to reduce work injuries, claiming that worker safety is a top priority. However, the most recent survey out of Chicago indicates that whatever changes the company is making may not be having the desired effect.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you or a loved one was injured while working in an Amazon warehouse, you might be asking some of the following questions.

Do I qualify for compensation if I was injured in a New York Amazon warehouse?

One of the chief concerns over the high rate of Amazon workplace injuries is the high number of workers taking unpaid time off to recover from work-related injuries. When you’re injured on the job in a New York Amazon warehouse, workers’ compensation should reimburse you for a percent of your missing wages, not to mention medical bills and other injury-related expenses.

Do I need a New York work injury lawyer to help recover Amazon warehouse injury compensation?

A New York work injury lawyer can help file your claim and negotiate with Amazon’s workers’ comp provider. Allowing a lawyer to help with the workers’ comp claim process protects your finances. Most injured workers who hire a lawyer walk away with more compensation than those who file a claim without legal help.

The high rate of Amazon workers who don’t appear to be receiving wage reimbursement indicates that for Amazon employees, it’s particularly important to allow a lawyer to handle your claim.

How long do I have to contact a New York work injury lawyer?

You should contact a New York work injury lawyer as soon as possible after you’re injured in an Amazon warehouse. Under New York law, you can lose out on workers’ comp if you fail to notify your employer about your workplace injury within 30 days. The best way to protect your finances is to call a lawyer immediately to discuss your options and any deadlines, especially if you end up needing to sue Amazon over work injuries.

How much does it cost to hire a work injury lawyer in New York?

The New York work injury lawyers at Tucker Lawyers, PC work on contingency. We only take payment if and when we win your case. You can schedule a free consultation to learn more about your options and our fee agreements.

Need help recovering compensation for an Amazon warehouse injury in New York? The New York work injury lawyers at Tucker Lawyers, PC can help.

Injured in an Amazon Warehouse in New York? A Workplace Injury Lawyer Can Help.

Fighting for Your Rights

Tucker Lawyers, PC is a leader in New York work injury claims. Our experienced work injury lawyers know how to navigate New York workers’ compensation claims. We also have experience dealing with claims involving specific types of work injuries, like knee and shoulder injuries, that have a long-term or permanent impact on a worker’s ability to return to their previous field of employment.

If you’ve been injured in a New York Amazon warehouse, we can help. Call Tucker Lawyers, PC today to schedule your free consultation with an experienced New York work injury lawyer.

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