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.