Truck drivers work hard, long hours and often complete job tasks that involve heavy lifting. Because of this, people who work as trucks drivers are often exposed to hazardous conditions that lead to sometimes be serious injuries.
Injuries from driving trucks can be very severe. The following are some of the most common truck driver-related injuries:
Automobile accidents are commonplace even among those in the non-truck work sector, but given the increased amount of time on the road, truck drivers are one of the most high-risk drivers. Frequently, they experience driving fatigue, which can also increase truck drivers’ likelihood of getting into an automobile accident.
Sitting in a moving vehicle for days can be hard on the lower back. Often, drivers who are already sore from sitting for great lengths of time must then lift heavy equipment and merchandise off of their trucks during delivery, injuring their backs even further.
Many people who suffer from truck driver-related injuries are not able to participate in the leisure and extracurricular they previously did. Some are no longer able to drive as a result of the pain or immobility. And still others are not able to do simple daily tasks around the house, such as chores or taking care of their families.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of working as a truck driver, it is important to seek legal help immediately. A brief phone conversation with a Chicago workers compensation attorney will help you determine whether you have a case and can offer an estimate of the potential settlement amount you may be entitled to receive. Iamcallingmylawyer.com only gets paid when you do, so there are no fees or risk to you in regard to attorney costs. Call today or visit our office in Schaumburg to get the relief you deserve for your workers compensation case!
Yes. However, some states allow for recovery for all stress/mental type conditions while others require some sort of physical injury to be involved before stress can be compensated. Contact a workers compensation lawyer to find out if the Workers Compensation Act covers your case.
Unfortunately, you can be fired at will, except for reasons prohibited under state or Federal law, which includes race, color, sex, national origin, age or disability. However, an employer can almost always find an excuse to fire an employee, (like being late or violating a safety rule, etc.). That is why there are financial incentives that discourage responsible employers from firing employees after an injury on the job.
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that provides compensation regardless of who caused the injury. So no, you cannot sue your employer for pain and suffering.
Generally speaking, you can't receive both unemployment benefits and disability benefits at the same time under workers’ compensation. In order to qualify for unemployment benefits, you must be ready, willing and able to work. If there is a debate over your injury on the job, or if the workers’ compensation benefits are deferred, and you are able to do light duty work, you can apply for unemployment benefits to help you get by, (make sure to state on the application that you are willing to work within your restrictions).