If you’ve been injured while working for UPS in Texas, we’ve got some disturbing news: you may have trouble collecting worker’s compensation.
According to a recent article, workers say that UPS has a history of denying workers’ compensation claims, telling workers that their knee, shoulder and back injuries are not work-related. Union representatives have said that torn ligaments and back injuries in UPS workers are usually caused by the repetitive stress of the job, regardless of whether they happen on “official” company time or not.
“Guys bend over to tie their shoes and something goes out in their back,” said Teamsters business agent John Siebert. “The guy spent 20 to 25 years humping packages from trucks to docks. The body just gave out.”
UPS has a history of protecting itself against workers’ compensation claims. In the 1990s, UPS sought to endow a $2.5 million chair in occupational orthopedics at the University of Washington, demanding it be awarded to professor Stanley Bigos. Bigos’s back injury research centered around the idea that workers’ attitudes played a more important role than ergonomic factors.
UPS also lobbied against a proposal that would have required companies to check a special box indicating musculoskeletal injuries on OSHA injury reports, arguing that UPS supervisors should not have to “play doctor” and determine whether an injury was musculoskeletal. Union spokesmen, however, believe that UPS was actually trying to avoid reporting such high numbers of these injuries.
Our Texas UPS work injury lawyers have seen countless companies take advantage of their employees by denying benefits. If you were injured on the job in Texas, you are eligible for workers’ compensation—including lost wages and related medical costs—under federal law.
Call Vujasinovic & Beckcom today at (877) 724-7800 or fill out the contact form on this page to get a FREE consultation on your case.