Warehouse Worker Injuries Lawyer in Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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Though many manual labor jobs are fraught with injury risks, warehouse workers, in particular, are exposed to severe risks due to the nature of their job. In fact, a 2015 report conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that there were 5 injury cases for every 100 full-time warehouse workers — in other words, 5% of warehouse workers will experience an on-the-job injury every year. As such, over the course of a long warehouse worker career, you are almost certain to suffer an on-the-job injury.
If you are a warehouse worker who has suffered an injury within the course and scope of your employment, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from your employer. If a third-party’s negligence contributed to your injuries in some significant way, you may also be entitled to assert a separate damage claim against the negligent third-party. To speak with an experienced workers’ compensation and injury attorney, contact Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC today.
Causal Factors Leading to Injuries at NJ Warehouses
As a general rule, warehouses make for dangerous workplaces. Many warehouses feature forklifts and other heavy equipment, are filled with stacks of precariously-set packages and materials, and employees may be improperly or inadequately trained and outfitted. If anything goes wrong, severe injury can occur.
Warehouse worker injuries can be caused by:
- Inadequate training of employees
- Failure to provide employees with sufficient safety gear
- Failure to adhere to applicable state and federal safety regulations
- Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall hazards
- Falling packages (if they have been improperly stacked)
- Forklift collisions and rollovers
- Loading issues
- Heavy equipment malfunction
- Heavy equipment misuse
- Inadequate lighting near hazards
- Excessive manual lifting
- Failure to reasonably schedule workers, resulting in sleep deprivation that could create an injury risk in the warehouse
- And more
If you have been injured, contact Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC for a quick and free consultation to assess your claims.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits in New Jersey
You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you are a warehouse worker injured on the job. Depending on your employer’s plan, these benefits could be significant and may cover your medical expenses, temporary and permanent benefits, wage loss, cost of retraining (if necessary), and more. It’s worth keeping in mind, however, that New Jersey law does not allow workers to sue their employers for injuries (outside of very narrow circumstances). Instead, you may be able to recover damages from a negligent third-party. For example, if you are injured in a forklift accident caused by a manufacturing defect, you may be able to sue the forklift manufacturer directly for damages. Pursuing this claim would not necessarily affect your workers’ compensation claim.
Call Our New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law Firm About Your Warehouse Injury
The skilled attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC have over three decades of experience handling workers’ compensation claims, including those that involve warehouse worker accidents. Our attorneys understand how to file and pursue a workers’ compensation claim that will help you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
Call one of our attorneys today at (877) 423-4878 to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.