Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Truck Drivers Face Numerous Workplace HazardsDecember 28, 2015
Commercial truck drivers are an integral part of our nation’s economy. Unfortunately, due to the inherent nature of their job, truckers are subject to a number of painful, disabling and even fatal injuries. Data gathered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals rates of occupational injuries and deaths among tractor-trailer drivers and drivers of smaller delivery trucks that far exceed that of all other private industry occupations. Despite strict federal regulations and increased government oversight, truck drivers continue to be at risk. Last year, 725 drivers of heavy commercial trucks were fatally injured on the job – the highest annual total since 2008.
Highway crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths across all industries. While large commercial trucks can weigh as much as 20 times that of the average passenger vehicle, truck drivers are not immune from suffering serious injuries in the event of a wreck. Studies have shown that the vast majority of truck accidents are not the fault of the truck driver, but rather are the result of negligent or reckless acts of other drivers. In some cases, it may be possible for injured truck drivers to obtain compensation beyond what Workers’ Compensation pays by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused the crash.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
Truck drivers are subject to any number of occupational injuries caused by long hours behind the wheel of a big rig. Sitting for long periods can cause back and neck pain. Many truckers have developed carpal tunnel syndrome or shoulder pain from constant steering and shifting gears. Stress injuries to joints in the lower body have also been reported – most likely caused by jumping down from the truck cab.
Loading and Unloading Injuries
Driving a commercial truck often involves many hours of sitting followed by brief periods of strenuous activity. This is just one of the many reasons why truck drivers are more prone to musculoskeletal injuries than those in other occupations. The heavy lifting associated with loading and unloading truck cargo can result in serious injuries to the back, neck, knees, hands and shoulders caused by overexertion. Injuries such as these may not become apparent for hours, days or even weeks after they have occurred. For this reason, it is important for drivers experiencing pain, stiffness or swelling to get checked by a doctor as soon as possible.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Truck drivers work in all weather conditions at a variety of different work locations. Drivers who are unfamiliar with conditions at a particular worksite or are working in poor outside conditions are in danger of suffering a slip and fall or trip and fall accident.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Fight for Maximum Compensation for Truck Drivers Hurt on the Job
If you’ve been hurt on the job and need assistance filing a Workers’ Compensation claim or have recently been denied benefits, we can help. For more than 30 years, Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton have been fighting to ensure that injured workers receive the maximum amount of compensation following a work-related injury or illness. Contact us online or call 844-556-4LAW (4529) today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced and highly skilled Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers.