What to Do If You Slip and Fall While Making an Amazon Delivery

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Every time an Amazon delivery driver steps out of their vehicle to drop off a package, they’re trusting the property owners with their safety. Unfortunately, some property owners—residential, commercial, and governmental—don’t maintain their properties in a safe way. If you suffered slip, trip, or fall injuries while working as an Amazon delivery driver, you might have the grounds to seek compensation

If you have sustained a slip and fall injury while delivering packages for Amazon, here’s what you should do next.

1. Report the accident.

To be able to potentially pursue a claim of any kind, either with your employer’s worker’s comp insurance or against a negligent property owner, you must document that the accident happened. This is particularly important when no one directly witnessed the accident, as is often the case with Amazon delivery drivers.

If an accident occurred inside an office building or apartment complex, you might be able to document it by reporting it to the building manager. For Amazon delivery drivers injured outside, there may not be any party to whom you can directly report the slip and fall, especially if no homeowner was present at the time of the delivery.

It’s reasonable to call 911 or a non-emergency police line after a slip and fall—especially when you are clearly injured—to report the accident to the police and get checked out by emergency medical personnel.

Generally, you should also notify the route dispatcher and/or your employer that you sustained an injury and will not be able to continue your route due to the need to seek medical treatment. Don’t try to guess at this time how serious your injuries are, what is wrong, or when you will be up to returning to work. Save any discussions of that nature for when you have an official diagnosis and an informed prognosis—and, ideally, professional legal representation on your side.

2. Gather evidence on the scene.

Your slip and fall case is only as strong as the evidence you have to support it. While you wait for the authorities or the property owner to arrive and fill out a report or for emergency medical personnel to get to you, collect whatever evidence you can. Use your phone to take photos of the location where you fell and any safety hazards that contributed to the accident.

If there were any witnesses, ask for their names and contact information. Make sure you promptly ask them for their statements. Over time, their memories of the event may fade—especially since, unlike you, they don’t have to live with its effects every day.

3.Get medical care.

One of the biggest mistakes people make after a slip and fall accident is failing to get medical care. Perhaps because people often assume (incorrectly) that a slip and fall injury isn’t as serious as an injury sustained in a car accident, they’re likely to shrug off their pain as something minor that’s likely to go away on its own. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

Waiting to get medical care can hurt you in two ways: by allowing your injuries to go untreated and potentially get worse, and by making it look like your injuries aren’t as serious as they really are. To prevent your health from suffering even further and preserve your right to pursue a slip and fall claim, you need to get checked out by a healthcare professional as soon as possible.

If you called for emergency help for the slip and fall accident, let medical personnel on the scene examine you. They can provide first aid care and, if needed, transport you to the emergency room. Otherwise, once you have reported the accident, you should get medical care at an urgent care facility or a doctor’s office.

Not following up with their medical care is another major mistake victims of slip and fall accidents make. Doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, and medical and pharmaceutical interventions can be expensive. They can also take up a lot of your time, which makes things especially difficult if you’re still working (or trying to work).

However, going without treatment and suffering through the pain isn’t a sustainable long-term solution—not when your injuries are serious enough that they won’t go away on their own. Hiring a personal injury attorney can help you make sure you’re able to access the care you need and address the obstacles that stand in the way of your recovery.

4. Speak to an experienced Amazon delivery driver slip and fall lawyer.

Slip and fall claims can be more complicated than many people expect, even without the added complexities that come with a work-related injury. Your attorney will handle everything, from identifying all possible defendants to negotiating a settlement with the defendant’s insurance company.

It’s important that you look for a law firm that is familiar with the special challenges that delivery drivers face after a slip and fall. Not every attorney who handles slip and fall matters or work injury cases fully understands the dangers involved in delivery work or the nuances of Amazon delivery drivers’ work arrangements. You’re counting on your attorney to calculate the full amount of damages you suffered, so you want to make sure you choose a lawyer who understands exactly how injuries of this nature impact delivery drivers.

When do you need to file a claim?

Your time to pursue compensation for an Amazon delivery slip and fall is limited. Depending on your state, the statute of limitations—the legal deadline by which you must file a claim—may be as short as one to two years. In certain circumstances, such as if your case involved a safety hazard on a property maintained by a government entity, you could face special deadlines that reduce the time you have to act to just a few months.

Generally, the sooner you speak to an attorney about your Amazon delivery driver slip and fall claim, the better.

Whenever an accident occurs in the course of your work, the situation is likely to be more complex than an accident that happens when you’re not working.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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