According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are at least 17 deaths and 7 workplace injuries per 100,000 employees in the transportation and warehousing sectors. To put this into perspective, this amounts to thousands of workplace injuries and deaths every year in the trucking industry. Unfortunately, many of the injuries truck drivers can potentially sustain on the job can put them out of work and leave them to face a mountain of medical bills. If you were a truck driver and suffered a workplace injury, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Below is a list of some of the most common occupational injuries among truck drivers:
- Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) in the neck, back, or upper extremities: These injuries frequently happen from loading or unloading the truck, lifting heavy boxes, containers, or bins. Using vehicle dollies or loaders can also result in this type of injury.
- Falls: Falls are some of the most common injury-causing accidents in nearly every occupation, including the trucking industry. When a trucker is working in a loading or unloading area, he or she could fall and sustain a serious injury. Additionally, given the higher elevation of the vehicle, a trucker could fall out and injure his or her knees or sustain a back sprain.
- Injuries caused as a result of being struck by objects: A trucker could be struck by objects when opening containers or attaching a trailer to the truck. Some of the objects that a trucker could get hit by include lift-gates, winch bars, pallet jacks, and chains.
- Vehicle-related injuries: More than 50% of all truck driver fatalities occur as result of vehicle-related injuries. A truck driver could lose control of the vehicle or get involved in a collision with another car.
Regardless if you are a truck driver who makes deliveries to more residential areas, or you are driving an industrial truck, this job is physically demanding and can result in a vast range of injuries that could prevent you from returning to your job.
After a Trucking Injury
If you are a truck driver and sustained an injury as a result of your job, you should be able to file a workers’ compensation claim as long as you are not an independent contractor. Workers’ compensation claims are not fault-based, so you can have a claim even if your employer was not negligent. Your benefits cover partial lost wages for permanent or temporary disabilities as well as coverage of your medical bills.
Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Fresno
Sustaining a work-related injury that requires you to either take time off from work or prevents you from returning can be overwhelming and stressful. Workers’ compensation benefits are available to take some of the burdens off and provide some much-needed help. At Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation, our team of Fresno workers’ compensation attorneys have over 130 years of combined legal experience we will put to work for you!
Get started on your case today and contact us at (800) 848-6288 to schedule your free initial case evaluation to learn more about your options.