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What are my rights as an injured truck driver

On Behalf of | Dec 30, 2016 | workers' compensation |

Although they spend most of their time at work behind the wheel of a truck, Nebraska truck drivers face exposure to the risk of injuries, whether it is through repetitive stress or an accident. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, truckers are prone to injuries that include anything from strains to broken bones.

If you cannot do your job or find yourself facing medical bills because of an injury you suffered while driving a truck or one that developed over time due to your job duties, you have a valid workers’ compensation claim. The claims process can be complex, and you could find great benefit from seeking the help of an attorney with experienced in protecting your right to recovery, medical care and more.

The types of injuries commonly suffered by truck drivers

As a trucker, you know the risks you face and how even a minor injury or lingering pain can compromise your ability to your job to the best of your ability. Some of the most common injuries suffered by truck drivers include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Back injuries from prolonged driving time
  • Fractures or sprains from falling off steps
  • Neck injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Knee and shoulder injuries

Many of these injuries are associated with extended amounts of time sitting and driving, moving cargo, or getting in and out of the cab of a truck. Although semi trucks and commercial vehicles are larger, heavier vehicles, truckers are still prone to suffering injuries if involved in a crash. Whether you suffered injury in a one-time incident or it developed over time as you were doing your job, you have grounds for a certain benefits to recover expenses associated with medical care and lost wages.

Securing the benefits you deserve

Unfortunately, injured truck drivers may find the workers’ compensation claims process frustrating and overwhelming, and it may seem impossible to get the money you need to cover your expenses and ease the financial strain you are feeling. While you may have a valid claim, it can be beneficial to have the help of a lawyer, even when filing the initial paperwork. When you have a knowledgeable legal professional advocating for your rights and interests, you will have a better chance of securing the benefits you need in a timely manner.