Truck and delivery drivers are now three times more likely than any other American worker to suffer an injury or illness that forces them to miss work, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In fact, one out of every six American workers who suffered a fatal workplace accident was a truck driver. If you are a truck or delivery driver who has suffered an injury on the job, you may have grounds for a workers’ compensation lawsuit.
Worse still, truck and delivery drivers have a much harder time getting back to work than most other employees. About half of all truck drivers missed nearly three weeks of work after an injury incident before returning – this is compared to nine days for all other occupations. Additionally, among truck drivers who had to miss work from an injury, 42 percent were out for more than a month.
If you are a truck or delivery drivers who has been hurt on the job, do not wait to get help. Call the office of Burg Simpson Wyoming at 307-527-7891 or complete our Free Case Evaluation form to discuss your case with us.
Some of the most common injuries include:
- Transportation incidents: These are deadly. Nearly 80 percent of driver fatalities are a result of a transportation incident.
- Slips, trips, and falls: Drivers frequently fall getting into and out of their trucks, especially since they spend so much time working in adverse weather conditions. These incidents can be even more dangerous if the driver falls while loading or unloading his truck.
- Strains and sprains: Roughly half of workplace injuries are strains and sprains, typically as a result of heaving lifting. Overexertion is a chronic problem for drivers, especially with all of the loading and unloading they are typically required to do as part of their job. Finally, drivers can be seated in the same position for up to 10 hours a day, which can strain the back and neck.
- Contact with objects and/or equipment: While nearly a third of these cases were contact with another vehicle, drivers can get hit with their cargo, a piece of equipment or even debris.
If you are a truck or delivery driver who has suffered an injury because of someone’s negligence, get in touch with one of the work related injury lawyers at Burg Simpson’s Wyoming office by calling 307-527-7891.
Burg Simpson Can Help With Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
Wyoming workers’ compensation laws are incredibly complex, and claims have to be filed in a precise and timely manner. All too often, injured truck and delivery drivers are left on their own to face the intimidating prospect of working with their employer and their insurance company, who are only worried about their bottom line. Complete our Free Case Evaluation Form HERE or call our Cody office as soon as possible at 307-527-7891 so we can help you navigate the state’s workers’ compensation insurance program.