It was always a matter of David vs. Goliath when concerned warehouse workers took on Amazon in court, but many are surprised at how easily the tech giant seems to have dodged legal consequences. On May 10th, it was reported that a workplace safety lawsuit against Amazon had been dismissed by a New York appeals court, providing a rare win after years of controversy and accusations. While Amazon’s workplace safety scandal is not over yet, this is clearly a setback for employees who have legitimate concerns.
If you have been injured in a warehouse accident of any kind in New York, it is imperative that you get in touch with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you start working with a lawyer, the better. The statute of limitations means that if you wait too long, you could lose the ability to sue altogether. Book a consultation, and you can begin speaking about your unique situation while working toward a positive resolution. With the right assistance, you can receive a considerable financial settlement for your damages.
Why Was the Case Dismissed?
The court dismissed the lawsuit for a few important reasons. First, a considerable portion of the lawsuit involved alleged violations of COVID-19 restrictions. Since New York has since withdrawn the guidance regarding COVID-19 regulations, these complaints no longer have any merit, according to the court. The plaintiff also claims that Amazon retaliated against employees that violated paid quarantines in order to lead protests. Retaliation is against labor laws, but the issue is complicated by its involvement with COVID-19.
Expect More Lawsuits
Although this particular lawsuit failed, you can expect Amazon to face many more in the future, especially in New York. This is because the first Amazon employee union was formed in New York recently, and the union is now making significant demands in an effort to not only raise safety standards, but also many other aspects of workers’ rights.
Amazon can also expect more injury lawsuits simply because workers are statistically much more likely to be hurt while working for this eCommerce company. In fact, some have called their warehouses “injury machines,” with warehouse workers more than twice as likely to suffer injuries with Amazon than other companies. During one incident alone in 2021, six workers were killed due to poor adverse weather planning and lack of shelter during a series of tornadoes in Illinois.
Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today
If you have been searching for a personal injury attorney in New York, look no further than The Glassman Law Group. We know that companies like Amazon have legitimate safety issues in their workplaces, and you have the right to explore your legal options if you have been injured in one of these warehouses. We have helped numerous injured plaintiffs pursue considerable financial settlements in the past, and we can do the same for you. Book your consultation today to get started.