Experienced Attorneys Serving Victims of Delivery Truck Accidents
Truck, package, and delivery drivers often retain Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers to deal with the myriad logistical and insurance issues pertaining to their claims. Because the process of filing workers’ compensation claims can be complex, if you suspect that you may have a claim that has not been filed or was dismissed wrongfully, contact us today to explore your claim options.
Particular Risks Faced by Truck, Package, and Delivery Drivers
What are some common dangers that these drivers face during the line of duty?
First and foremost, anyone who regularly drives – particularly on Chicago’s highways and byways, which get covered with sleet and ice during winter – runs a higher than average risk of getting into traffic accidents. If you got into a crash on the job – either while driving to meet a warehouse supplier or while delivering goods to a client – you may be eligible for Illinois workers’ compensation benefits to compensate you for your pain, suffering, and medical bills.
Delivery workers can also suffer overuse injuries. When you ride in a cab for dozens of hours a week, even though you are not physically active at that particular moment, your body is subjected to chronic “force asymmetries,” which can result in damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles, and connective tissues. Sciatica (lower back pain) in particular is common among truck drivers, since ergonomically poor seats can do significant damage to lower spine health.
Truck, package, and delivery drivers can also get hurt during the course of loading, unloading, dropping off, and picking up. Twists, sprains, strains, and fatigue can all affect these drivers. Similarly, contusions and projectile injuries plague workers in these trades. If a box containing industrial parts opens at the wrong time, for instance, a delivery driver can get cut, bruised, or worse. Particulate matter can also get into the eyes and cause damage to the cornea, for instance. And, if you lift heavy objects incorrectly, you can suffer a hernia or other strain injury.
The Prevalence of Workers’ Compensation Claims in Illinois
According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report (the last year for which data is available), there were over 200,000 work-related injuries reported to employers across the state. Of these 200,000+ reports, only roughly 65,000 reports are issued to the Commission from employers when three or more lost workdays were involved. While the workers’ compensation system is supposed to protect the worker in circumstances involving workplace injury (which, as these statistics show, happens often among workers in Illinois), navigating the claims process can be difficult. Of the 200,000+ injuries that were reported in 2014, the number of claims that were compensated were much smaller. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you contact a workers’ compensation attorney right away for your injury claim.
Possible Benefits from Workers’ Compensation
In accordance with Illinois state law, the following benefits may be entitled to injured workers and their families:
- Reasonable medical care for the injuries
- Temporary partial disability (if you need a modified workload while recovering, but are still able to work)
- Temporary total disability (if you are not able to work while recovering)
- Permanent partial disability (if you are still able to work, but the injuries led to permanent disabilities)
- Permanent total disability (if you are unable to continue to work)
- Other various benefits for vocational rehabilitation, when applicable
- Death benefits for the victim’s surviving family, if the work injury was fatal
Because additional benefits may be available to you if you work in specific industries, it is important to speak with an expert workers’ compensation attorney about your claim. The team at Malman Law is fully equipped to look at the details of your particular claim, and help you determine which actions are best for your case.
Contact the Experts at Malman Law Today
While on-the-job injuries can be painful, expense, and life-changing, the good news is that truck, package, and delivery drivers in Illinois can trust the workers’ compensation attorneys at Malman Law, to deliver fast, precise, and efficient service. For over 15 years, our compassionate lawyers have advocated aggressively for our clients. The results speak for themselves. All no-obligation initial consultations are free of charge, and we can even come to you if you can’t come to our offices. And, with our Zero Fee Guarantee, you have nothing to lose when you retain our service. Please call our offices or fill out our free online contact form today. Don’t allow insurance companies or uncooperative employers to push you around and prevent you from getting the benefits that you deserve from your work-related injury. Call us today.