If you’re a truck driver who lives life out on the open road, don’t worry about getting compensation for an accident or injury once you’re back home.
Truck drivers experience some of the toughest working conditions—irregular hours in cramped quarters, followed by short bursts of heavy lifting. These contrasting conditions can lead to all kinds of injuries. From sprained backs to automobile accidents, truck drivers face numerous threats to their health while out on the road. The most common injuries to truck drivers are:
- Vehicle accidents
- Strains and back injuries from lifting heavy loads
- Slips and falls on the loading dock
- Crush injuries when a part of the load falls on the driver
Additionally, drivers will say that kidney stones and hemorrhoids often result from long hours behind the wheel, and carpal tunnel syndrome is also a very common complaint.
How do you know you’ll be compensated for your injury or accident?
Workers’ compensation for truck drivers is notoriously difficult to pin down. Oftentimes, you live in one state, your employer lives in another, and the injury can happen in a third state. This causes confusion as to how much you are entitled to, and to what exactly your employer has to pay.
Generally, the amount of money you can be compensated with depends on whether you’re an independent contractor or an employee of a specific company. Companies might try to get out of paying for workers’ compensation by labeling all drivers as independent, but the IRS has been pretty insistent in shutting this practice down. You can claim workers’ compensation benefits if you drive for only their company, even if they tell you that you’re contracted out. If the company you work for does try this tactic, you’ll likely have the ability to sue them outside of the realm of workers’ compensation.
So you do work as an employee for a specific company. What now?
Now you get to reap the benefits of normal workers’ compensation. Depending on your injury, your compensation amount will vary, and many payment plans exist based on the severity of the damage. For more information regarding a specific type of injury, feel free to click any of the links below to find out more. Don’t see your injury? Call us for a free consultation at 773-522-7000. The Epstein Law Firm will help you get the benefits you deserve.
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