Last July, many Evansville residents may recall when a stretch of Lloyd Expressway was closed after a semi truck crashed. The eastbound lanes were closed for most of the morning while crews cleaned up the crash, and many people were forced to find a new route on their commute.
In instances like this, many people only consider the inconvenience and neglect to recall that there was a real person involved in an accident, and that person may be injured as a result. Truck drivers experience the dangers of the road every day, and it is not uncommon for semi trucks to be involved in serious accidents. The job can be extremely dangerous, and these accidents can cause serious injuries to anyone involved.
The hazards of the job don’t end on the road. There are various dangers that truck drivers must be aware of in the day-to-day of their career. If you are a truck driver, it is important that you are aware of these dangers. It is also important that you understand your rights to workers’ compensation for any damages that you can connect back to the job.
Many truck drivers are required to assist in loading and unloading their heavy cargo, as well as raise the truck’s heavy hood. This can put excessive strain on the person’s back, and the negative results may occur suddenly or over time. Workers’ compensation will be important to pay for any treatment needed to cover the damages.
Slip and Falls
Truck drivers are significantly higher off the ground than other drivers. This makes it a little more difficult for them to get in and out of the vehicle. This task will often require a little bit of climbing. If the surface is wet or icy, the person can be at a higher risk of slipping and falling, which could cause them to hit their head or even break a bone. If this is the case, you will likely need a few days off work to recover from your injury. Workers’ compensation may be necessary to grant you the paid time off that you need.
Many truck drivers spend hours at a time in the same position, and this can cause significant wear and tear on their joints and muscles. Many drivers do not realize the effect the job has had on their bodies until they are older. No matter when the health issues begin to take place, it is important to seek workers’ compensation to help you pay for any treatments needed.
Help from an Evansville Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you were injured on the job as a truck driver, either on the road or at a stop, you could be entitled to receive workers’ compensation for the injury. If you were denied this right, then legal representation might be the next step for you. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to helping you achieve the compensation that you deserve for your injury. Call Hensley Legal Group today for a free consultation or contact us online.