New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Fight For The Rights Of Warehouse And Stock Workers
We Hold Employers And Third Parties Accountable For Your Injuries
More than 300,000 warehouse and stock workers are currently employed in the United States. They perform a variety of potentially dangerous tasks including inventory management, loading and unloading trucks, breaking bulk materials, inspecting goods for damage, operating forklifts, packaging orders and other tasks. Although some of these tasks are more dangerous than others, all carry some degree of risk.
Warehouse And Stock Workers Face Serious Occupational Risks On A Daily Basis
The following list covers the most common causes of injuries and deaths among warehouse and stock workers:
- Falling objects: Warehouse workers can be hit by falling loads or shifting inventory. Depending on the size of the object and the height from which it falls, workers face consequences ranging from slight injury to certain death.
- Slip-and-fall accidents: Warehouses are notorious for wet floors, uneven surfaces, accumulated debris, poor lighting, elevated areas and weak or nonexistent handrails. Slip-and-fall accidents are virtually inevitable; the only question is the extent of their severity.
- Forklift accidents: Forklifts are necessary in many warehouses. They are unwieldly beasts under the best of circumstances, but an inexperienced or careless operator can render them even more dangerous.
- Loading dock accidents: Moving goods to and from docks to shipping trucks can result in vehicle collisions, crush injuries and other serious accidents.
- Trucking accidents: Many warehouses do not outsource trucking services, instead training their own employees to operate trucks. The difficulty of operating a truck combined with high-pressure operating conditions results in a high accident rate.
- Overextension injuries: Warehouse and stock work is filled with physically strenuous activity such as loading heavy boxes onto trucks. Muscle strain injuries such as back injuries, are common, and they can result in long-term debilitation.
Since the foregoing list is far from complete, there is no need to rule out the possibility of compensation simply because your injury resulted from a risk not listed above.
Potential Compensation Options Available
Three primary sources of compensation are available to warehouse and stock workers who suffer occupational injuries. Circumstances dictate whether one or more of these sources are available in your case.
- Workers’ compensation insurance: New Jersey workers’ compensation benefits are available for on-the-job injuries where the accident was not caused by a third party. The main advantage of the workers’ compensation system is that you can win without proving your employer was at fault. The main disadvantage is that you cannot collect compensation for pain and suffering, which can be quite substantial.
- Product liability claims: You might be able to win a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer or distributor of a defective product, such as a forklift, if you can prove the product was defective and unreasonably dangerous. You don’t have to prove fault to win. Compensation for pain and suffering is available.
- Ordinary personal injury claims: If you can identify a third party that may have been at fault for your accident, such as a third-party owner of dangerous work premises, you might be able to win an ordinary personal injury claim. Your own insurance might also cover you – uninsured motorist insurance, for example. As is the case with a products liability claim, compensation for pain and suffering is available.
Let Our Skilled New Jersey Workers’ Comp Attorneys Handle Your Legal Problems While You Concentrate On Recovery
Asserting a personal injury claim is like declaring war. In other words, you can expect opposition from an opposing party who would be better off financially if your claim were rejected or minimized. Fortunately, the New Jersey workers’ compensation attorneys at Lomurro Law are skilled at fighting for your rights to compensation after an injury. Contact us by calling 732-482-9285 or filling out our online contact form to arrange for a free confidential consultation. Our main office is conveniently located in Freehold, and we also offer consultations by videoconference.