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Indianapolis Warehouse Accident Attorneys
Warehouse Accident Attorneys in Indianapolis
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a warehouse accident, you are not alone. The Indianapolis warehouse accident attorneys at Klezmer Maudlin, PC, have helped many people who were injured on the job at warehouses and want to help you. We have over 100 years of combined experience helping Indiana workers get the benefits and compensation they need and would be honored to put our experience and knowledge to work helping you get justice.
The number of workers in the warehouse and storage industry in Indiana has more than doubled in the last 10 years. There are now more than 58,000 warehouse and storage workers statewide, and more than 12.5 million square feet of warehouse space has been added in a recent two-year period. Much of that new warehouse construction has been taking place in the Indianapolis area, which has become one of the largest fulfillment centers in the country for online shopping companies.
The explosion of warehouses in the Indianapolis area has been good for the economy and for the labor market. However, the increase in warehouse jobs also means that more workers will be injured in on-the-job warehouse accidents. To make things worse, as giant online companies demand that their warehouse employees work ever faster, on-the-job injuries become even more common.
According to OSHA, an above-average number of workers die in warehouse accidents compared to workers in other industries. And many workers involved in non-fatal warehouse accidents are seriously injured.
Common Causes of Warehouse Injuries in Indianapolis
Warehouse workers face many types of dangers on the job. Some of the most common causes of injuries in warehouses include:
- Forklift Injuries
According to OSHA, every year about 95,000 workers are injured and 100 killed by forklift accidents throughout the U.S. Many of these injury-causing accidents occur when the forklifts roll over, which can injure both the forklift driver and other workers who are nearby. Forklift accidents can be fatal, serious, non-fatal injuries also occur. These injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, other head and back injuries, paralysis and severe damage to limbs or joints. Injuries such as these may require extensive long-term or permanent medical care and rehabilitation and cause loss of income in the present and in the future. The experienced Indianapolis warehouse accident attorneys at Klezmer Maudlin can help you get the Workers Compensation benefits you need to take care of your medical expenses and help compensate for your lost income.
- Loading Dock Injuries
Common injuries on warehouse loading docks include forklift accidents (when forklifts drive over the dock’s edge), injuries caused by products falling and striking workers, equipment striking workers, and carbon monoxide poisoning from operating forklifts in areas without adequate ventilation. All of these injuries may be severe.
- Repetitive Use Injuries
Over time, repeated motions can cause severe injuries. For example, a worker whose job requires frequent lifting can develop serious back problems, including a sprained back, inflammation, disc damage and chronic pain. Other common repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome and other injuries to hands, feet, neck, back, and shoulders.
- Sprains and Strains
Muscle sprains and strains can develop over time as repetitive use injuries. They can also be the result of one-time actions, such as twisting, jumping or stretching to reach an item. Overexertion is a common cause of sprains and strains, which may injure backs, knees, feet, or other parts of the body. These injuries can be serious, requiring substantial time off work to recover.
- Conveyor Belt Injuries
Conveyor belt workers are at risk for both repetitive stress injuries and one-time accidents. Hands or other body parts can get caught in the conveyor. Items can fall and strike workers.
- Slip, Trip, and Falls
Spilled liquids and slippery floors can cause workers to fall. Items left in aisles and passageways can cause workers to trip and fall, as can uneven flooring. Workers can also be seriously injured when they fall from a high place, for example, from a ladder or an upper level. If you have experienced a slip and fall accident reach out to us.
- Falling Objects
When heavy objects in a warehouse are not properly stored or are placed on shelves that are defective, the objects can fall and strike workers who are below. Injuries from falling objects include concussions, traumatic brain injuries, open head injuries, and broken bones.
- Machinery Accidents
Accidents involving machinery and tools may cause severe cuts and lacerations or crushing injuries. These may cause permanent disfigurement or disabilities.
- Exposure to Hazardous Materials
Dangerous substances in a warehouse can cause immediate injury, for example, by causing a chemical burn. Hazardous substances can also cause damage over time. For example, long-term exposure to asbestos may cause cancer.
- Other Warehouse Injuries
Gas leaks, fires, and other dangerous emergency events may cause severe injury. The Indianapolis warehouse workers’ accident attorneys at Klezmer Maudlin have a combined 100 years of experience helping injured workers. We have handled more than 31,000 Workers Compensation claims throughout the state of Indiana and have seen almost every possible type of warehouse accident injury. We have the knowledge and experience needed to help injured warehouse workers get the benefits they need and deserve.
Workers Compensation for Indianapolis Workers’ Warehouse Injuries
If you have been injured in an accident while working in an Indianapolis warehouse, you should see a doctor immediately, follow all the doctor’s instructions, notify your employer and file an Indiana Workers’ Compensation claim as quickly as you can. The sooner you file a claim, the faster you can start to receive benefits. If you wait too long, you could miss the deadline and lose your right to receive Workers Compensation benefits.
If you have any questions, have problems filing your claim, or believe the insurance company or your employer are trying to block you from getting benefits, the Indianapolis warehouse accident attorneys at Klezmer Maudlin would be glad to talk to you about your claim and help you get the benefits you need.
If your claim has been denied, you have the legal right to dispute the decision. Our experience as Workers Compensation attorneys has shown us that disputing a denial of an Indiana Workers’ Compensation claim is almost always worth it. Many workers’ claims are approved during the dispute or appeals process.
You should not, however, attempt to appeal a claim without being represented by an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney. The Workers Compensation Board of Indiana recommends that you consult an attorney if you are disputing your claim or if you believe that your legal rights are not being upheld, and Indiana law requires that a licensed Indiana attorney represent you before the Workers Compensation Board when you are disputing a claim.
How Indianapolis Warehouse Workers’ Accident Attorneys Can Help You
The Klezmer Maudlin personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience needed to provide the outstanding legal services you deserve. We wrote the book, Workers Compensation Law and Practice, published by Thomson Reuters, that is the reference guide other Indiana lawyers rely on when they need to know the best way to handle Workers Compensation claims and appeals.
If we represent you in a Workers Compensation appeal, we will:
- Handle all the paperwork and ensure everything is filed on time.
- Gather evidence to support your claim, including records, other documents, and testimony from witnesses.
- Present the evidence convincingly at a hearing, using the required formal Rules of Evidence.
- Persuasively argue your case before the hearing judge.
- Ensure you get all the benefits you are entitled to, which may include a cash settlement.
Let us put our experience and expertise in successfully handling Indiana Workers Compensation cases to work for you.
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8520 Center Run Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46250
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