An Amazon Warehouse employee was killed in a work accident recently.
The is the second death at the Middletown/Carlisle facility since 2014. If you recall, an employee was killed in 2014 in a pallet jack accident.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a death at an area Amazon facility.
Devan Michael Shoemaker, 28, of Millerstown, died Tuesday of multiple traumatic injuries at the Amazon warehouse on Allen Road in South Middleton Township.
Cumberland County Coroner Charles Hall confirmed Shoemaker died after the 5:15 p.m. accident in which he was run over while helping the driver of a truck tractor hook up a trailer.
Amazon had already been warned and fined by OSHA in 2016 at it’s New Jersey facility for failure to address workplace safety concerns. I’ve written in this issue time and time again. Big conglomerates like Amazon consistently skirt safety issues for lower operating costs, while the employees are the ones to suffer, often from devastating work injuries, and in this case, even death.
I have represented many injured workers at Amazon in Carlisle. With Central Pennsylvania’s warehouse growth in full swing, more and more warehouse type injuries are occurring. Check out my previous article on common warehouse injuries.
If you work at one of the many warehouse or distribution center in Central Pennsylvania and have sustained a work injury, don’t hesitate to call Mooney & Associates to protect your right and benefits you may be entitled to under the Workers Compensation Act. Places of employment like this often try and intimidate injured employees, downplay injuries, deny injuries, terminate employment when injured, or have injured workers sign forms quickly. Get represented! Call Mooney & Associates for a FREE CONSULTATION AT 717-200-HELP or 1-877-632-4656.
Under Pennsylvania law, do I have to return to light duty when I am hurt on the job. Why would an injured worker ask that? Well, it isn’t that these clients are lazy, not at all. Many times, an injured worker simply wants appropriate time to recover and heal from the work injury.
Legal ramifications for turning down light duty
Turning down available light duty is not a wise decision and can put workers compensation benefits at risk. In Pennsylvania, your employer has the right to offer you modified duty employment. Many employers in Central Pennsylvania do offer light-duty work assignments or alternate work programs. The critical thing to remember is that both the employer and the injured employee must act in good faith in offering and responding to an offer of light-duty work. Failure to do so can result in a suspension or reduction in you wage loss benefits. Continue reading
Either way you look at it, a work injury can be financially disturbing for many. Many injured workers have their injury denied, meaning they are receiving no income while they litigate their claim. Others have an accepted claim, but for medical benefits only, which again means, no wage loss benefits while the claim is being litigated. Others may be receiving benefits, but at a reduced rate from their regular, average weekly wages. Often, it causes financial hardship.
Regardless, work injuries often times require significant medical treatment. That means trips back and forth to the doctors, to pain management, to physical therapy, and to the pharmacy. Unfortunately, there is a misperception out there that an injured worker is entitled to reimbursement of travel expenses back and forth for their treatment. The injury isn’t my fault, why should I have to pay for my own gas to and from treatment. Great argument. And I agree wholeheartedly. However, in Pennsylvania, it is not a reality. Continue reading
An obvious question asked by many clients is just how long does Workers Compensation litigation take in Pennsylvania. It is a concerning issue for many injured workers because they are either off work with a denied injury or off work and the insurance carrier has accepted the injury, but only for medical purposes, not wage loss. That means that the injured worker is out of work, often times with no alternative sources of income.
In Pennsylvania, a typical time line for workers compensation litigation extend from 8 months to 12 months. Let’s walk through the time line to illustrate why the lengthy time line exists.
First, from the time you file a claim, it may be 15-45 days before a hearing is scheduled. Depending upon what Judge is assigned to your case, you may or may not testify at the first hearing. I advise my clients on that issue immediately (So there is at minimum 1 month) Continue reading