A 2024 GUIDE TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FOR TRUCKERS

Are You Entitled to Workers’ Comp?

Thousands of professional truck drivers suffer on-the-job injuries every year, including knee injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries (SCI), and more. Most professional truck drivers injured in a job-related accident are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Most trucking companies are required by law to have workers’ compensation insurance.

Filing a worker’s compensation claim is simply a request for employment benefits. You do not need to prove that your employer’s trucking company was at fault to recover. Trucking companies and their insurance companies rarely pay injured truckers the workers’ compensation benefits they are owed. This is where Hurt Trucker attorneys come in to help.

At Hurt Trucker, our experienced personal injury lawyers specialize in workers’ compensation coverage for truckers. We understand the unique challenges truck drivers face and the complexities of workers’ compensation laws in the trucking industry. We are dedicated to helping injured truckers get the benefits they deserve.

Read on to learn more about workers’ compensation for truckers and how we can assist you in protecting your livelihood.

 

WHAT IS WORKERS’ COMPENSATION?

 

Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that provides wage replacement and medical benefits to employees who are injured or become ill due to their jobs. It is also known as workers’ comp, workman’s comp, or work injury compensation.

Workers’ compensation aims to provide financial support for employees injured on the job and to ensure they do not suffer financially while recovering.

In the trucking industry, workers’ compensation covers a variety of injuries that can occur on the job, including but not limited to:

  • Back injuries from lifting heavy loads
  • Injuries from falling off a truck or trailer
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) from driving long hours
  • Slip and fall accidents at truck stops or loading docks
  • Injuries from loading and unloading cargo
  • And more

Workers’ compensation also covers occupational illnesses, such as respiratory issues from chemical exposure while transporting hazardous materials.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM ELIGIBLE FOR WORKERS’ COMP?

 

In most states, truck drivers are considered employees of the trucking company they work for and are, therefore, eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. This includes both company drivers and owner-operators leased to a trucking company.

To qualify for workers’ compensation, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are classified as an employee of the trucking company
  • Your injury or illness occurred while performing job-related duties
  • Your employer carries workers’ compensation insurance (which is legally required for most trucking companies)

You are likely eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you meet these criteria. However, some states have specific requirements for truck drivers, so it’s essential to consult with a knowledgeable attorney to determine your eligibility.

 

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAWYERS FOR INJURED TRUCKERS

 

For over three decades, the attorneys at Hurt Trucker have been fighting for the rights of injured truckers. We know the unique challenges injured truck drivers face, and we will ensure you receive a fair injury rating and the medical care and workers’ compensation benefits you are owed.

If you cannot travel to our offices, most workers’ compensation claims cases can be opened over the telephone and without an office visit by the client. In some cases, we can meet you at your home or another location to discuss your case.

Callemail, or contact Hurt Trucker Attorneys online today at no cost or obligation for more information on how we can help you pursue your workers’ compensation claim and receive the benefits you deserve.