Do You Think You Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?
To recover workers’ compensation benefits, you must be able to prove the extent and cause of your injury. For this reason, the steps you take after you are injured are critical to your workers’ comp claim.
Every professional truck driver injured on the job should follow this workers’ compensation claim checklist to help ensure they receive the proper benefits for their injury:
1. Report the Injury
Report the accident to the employer and record the injury in Qualcomm or a logbook as soon as possible. Tell the employer exactly how the accident happened and that the injury was job-related. Use a company form if one is provided, and record the name of the person the injury was reported to at the employer.
2. Document the Injury
Write a description of how the accident happened while it is still fresh in the trucker’s memory, including witness names, addresses, and phone numbers. Take pictures of the accident scene if the trucker believes the negligence of someone other than the employer partly caused the accident.
3. Seek Medical Treatment
Seek medical treatment for the work-related injury as soon as possible. Tell the doctor exactly how the accident happened. Give a complete description of the truck driver’s actions and the pain and problems the trucker is experiencing. Be sure to give the doctor an accurate date of injury. Follow the doctor’s advice and always keep medical appointments.
4. Don’t Sign Anything
Don’t sign any document you do not understand or give any recorded statement to anyone unless you have legal counsel present.
5. File a Claim
The trucker must file a written claim within the applicable statute of limitations. Trucking companies must provide a workers’ comp claim form, which should be completed and returned.
6. Obtain Legal Assistance
Truckers should consider obtaining legal assistance as soon as possible. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can provide advice and protect the trucker’s rights. An attorney can also help to make sure that the broken bones, torn ligaments, and other injuries the injured employee has suffered are adequately compensated. In addition, an attorney can assist in obtaining workers’ compensation benefits such as medical bills and lost wages.
7. KEEP COPIES OF ALL DOCUMENTS
Keep copies of all documents that relate to the injury and the claim. Keep a log of events with dates and names for reference later.
COMMON TYPES OF WORKPLACE INJURIES FOR TRUCKERS
Truckers face unique challenges and dangers while on the job, ranging from long hours behind the wheel to loading and unloading heavy cargo. Some of the most common types of workplace injuries for truckers include:
Musculoskeletal Injuries: These injuries are caused by repeated strain or overexertion, often from lifting heavy objects or maintaining a seated position for extended periods.
Neck Injuries: Truckers are at risk for neck injuries due to the long hours spent driving and the potential for whiplash in accidents.
Brain Injuries: Traumatic brain injuries can occur from accidents on the road or falls while loading/unloading cargo. Truckers must seek medical attention immediately after any head injury to prevent long-term damage.
Occupational Diseases: Exposure to hazardous materials, chemicals, and other toxins can lead to occupational diseases such as lung conditions or skin disorders. Truckers should be aware of potential hazards in their workplace and take precautions to protect themselves.
Choose an Attorney Who Specializes in Trucker Injuries
Workers’ compensation claims for injured workers can be complex to pursue without the help of an experienced trucker workers’ compensation attorney. This is particularly true for truck drivers because of their unique wage rates, the physical demands of driving a truck, and the difficulty finding comparable employment outside the trucking industry.
Insurance adjusters generally will not offer you all the compensation you deserve. You typically must hire an experienced trucker workers’ compensation lawyer to pursue your claim to receive just compensation.
Hurt Trucker Attorneys Is Here for You
If we represent you, we will aggressively pursue the maximum compensation available for your work-related injuries, and we will not receive a fee until you receive the compensation you deserve. We’ll take you through all the essential steps to ensure you get the benefits you need.
Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your accident and injuries. We are here to help!