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Warehouse Workers Lead Massachusetts in Number of Job Injuries

Warehouse Workers Lead Massachusetts in Number of Job Injuries

In Massachusetts, workers in transportation and warehousing led the State in the number of job injuries (29.3%), with construction workers coming in at number two (18.3%).

This may be a little surprising to some, but If you work for a warehouse distributor, such as Wal-Mart, Dollar General, Crown Distributor or Golden Flake, where distribution and warehouse work requires a lot of lifting, chances are you have suffered a job injury, probably several times.

For many workers, immediately following their job injury, the worker did not file an accident report with his employer- as pulled muscles and sprains are part of the job. Only after a day or two (or weeks) of trying to deal with a pain that simply will not go away do they report their job injury. At this point a worker may be informed that they had waited too long to report/give notice of a job injury and therefore they are not entitled to any workers’ compensation benefits. This is rarely true.
In Alabama, a worker has up to 90 days in which to inform his employer about a job injury, and an oral report is just as valid a notice means as a detailed written report. Company policy cannot override law, so if your employer states that “…company policy mandates that all workers’ compensation injuries be reported within 2 days of the occurrence of said injury and since you did not do so you are not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits ” (which many injured workers have called to tell us over the years)-they are misinformed about Alabama’s Workers’ Compensation laws and they or their workers’ compensation insurance carrier are still responsible for your medical care and compensation for any permanent physical impairment. Regardless, it is always best to report a job injury as soon as possible.

If you live in Alabama you are a worker in a warehouse, you were injured at work and you have questions about your rights under the Alabama Workers’ Compensation laws, the experienced Alabama Job Injury attorneys at Powell and Denny would be happy to speak with you about your case.

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Warehouse Workers Lead Massachusetts in Number of Job Injuries

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