Truck Drivers Can be Injured on the Job

By Pyle Law, June 02 2020 5:00 pm
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Truck Drivers Can be Injured on the Job

By Pyle Law, June 02 2020 5:00 pm
Truck Drivers Can be Injured on the Job

Nearly every occupation in American comes with the risk of being injured on the job. While it may not be the first occupation that comes to mind when you think of workplace injuries, truck drivers can be injured on the job. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers had the most fatalities of all detailed occupations in 2019 at 831. Truck drivers who experience occupational injuries and illnesses may be forced to leave their career while struggling to pay their bills. If you are a truck driver who has been injured on the job, seek the advice of a skilled Kansas workers’ compensation attorney. 

Occupational Risks for Truck Drivers  

Truck drivers have a physically demanding job that will take its toll on the body. Not only is there a significant risk of injury, but also due to the labor required for trucking jobs, an injury can often be career-ending. The risks and injuries can vary based on the type of truck an individual drives and the other duties of their job. 

For example, drivers who make deliveries in residential areas are prone to slipping and falling when getting out to deliver a parcel. Industrial truck drivers are more likely to sustain injuries related to malfunctioning lift gates and challenges loading or unloading their truck. Both types of injuries can warrant a worker’s compensation claim and should be discussed with a Kansas workers compensation lawyer. The most common types of occupational injuries for those in the trucking industry include:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) of muscles found in the neck, back, and upper extremities caused by overexertion, working on truck tires, or loading or unloading cargo
  • Falls from higher elevations such as trucks, stairs, and openings which often result in knee and back sprains
  • Falls from the same level are also frequently linked to workplace injuries for truck drivers, usually caused by lifting the latch on the back of the truck
  • Injuries caused by an impact with objects such as when lifting hitched trailers, attaching trailers to trucks, or falling boxes and cartons which frequently case back sprains and strains
  • Vehicle-related injuries caused by being involved in a motor vehicle accident with other cars and also having their own vehicle rollover

Filing a Workers Compensation Claim

As long as you are not an independent contractor, you should be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Since this coverage does not rely on your employer or any other party being at-fault for your injuries, it can be easier to obtain than filing a personal injury claim. Workers’ compensation claims are also appropriate if you have a repetitive stress injury or exposure to hazardous materials. A Kansas workers compensation attorney can review the details of your accident and injuries to determine if you have a valid claim for workers’ compensation benefits. 

Get Help with Your Claim from a Kansas Workers Compensation Attorney

At Pyle Law, our legal team knows that a work injury can substantially impact your life. Whether this impact will be temporary or permanent, you deserve financial help. We aim to remove the financial and emotional stress that you may be experiencing regarding your work injury. Call 620-374-9299 or use our online contact form to learn more about workers’ compensation claims and to receive your free case consultation with a Kansas workers compensation attorney at Pyle Law.

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