Workers’ compensation is a program that provides cash and healthcare benefits to truck drivers when they’re injured on the job. Upon receiving the benefit, the truck driver should waive his right to sue the employer. Read further to learn more about workers’ compensation.
How Does Workers’ Comp Work for Truck Drivers?
Truck drivers with work-related illnesses and injuries may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Whether it’s your fault or not, you can get a cash award or medical assistance when hospitalized or injured. You also get wages if the injury prevents you from working. Workers’ compensation may also cover long-term illnesses or medical problems caused by your job.
Your compensation depends on your salary, age and injury severity. Always report work-related injuries and illnesses to your employer to ensure you get compensation benefits. During emergencies, seek medical attention first. We also recommend hiring an attorney to help with your case. An experienced lawyer can guide you through the process and help maximize your benefits.
What Are the Occupational Injuries From Trucking?
There are a variety of occupational injuries associated with trucking. Drivers can get injured or ill from driving long hours, and repetitive stress injuries can occur from repeatedly doing specific movements when driving. Repetitive stress usually affects the joints, muscles, nerves and bones and may lead to medical conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis. When your task involves more than just driving — for example, loading or unloading heavy boxes, this may eventually lead to back or neck disorders. Exposure to hazardous chemicals on the job can also cause lung problems that require serious medical attention. Know your rights as a truck driver and hire the right attorney to ensure you get compensated when injured or disabled.
Independent Contractors vs. Employees
In Colorado, all workers are considered employees, including both full- and part-time workers. Since all businesses (regardless of the number of employees) must provide workers’ compensation, all truck drivers who aren’t independent contractors should get the benefit. A truck driver is considered an independent contractor only when he has an independent business doing the same work and is free from employer control or direction. Speak to a lawyer to learn more about your truck driver rights.
Why Hire an Attorney to Help Your Case?
You may need an attorney if your claim is denied or when your employer fires you, since by law you should receive workers’ compensation when injured on the job. Hire an attorney if the doctor declares you fit to work but you’re not completely well yet. At Alverson + O’Brien, P.C., we’ll ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Our team is experienced in handling workers’ compensation cases, including challenging claims. Contact us today for a free consultation.