Truck Driver Workers’ Comp in Georgia
Georgia workers who are injured on the job are usually entitled to workers’ compensation. Workers’ Comp benefits pay for medical treatment and weekly disability checks to cover a portion of their lost income.
Workers’ compensation benefits are available for most employees in Georgia, including truck drivers and others employed in the trucking industry. However, claiming workers’ compensation for any injured worker is not always easy — and this is particularly true when seeking workers’ comp for truck drivers.
Even drivers that were hurt outside of Georgia may be able to file for Georgia benefits if certain conditions are met.
If you are a truck driver or work in the trucking industry and have been injured while working, speak at once to a Georgia truck driver workers’ compensation lawyer. We can help with your claim and put you on the road to recovery with the benefits you deserve.
How Our Lawyers Help with Truck Driver Workers’ Comp
Difficulties arise the minute a trucker files a workers’ compensation claim with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation in Georgia. A skilled workers’ comp lawyer can cut through the red tape that is in your way.
- Help correctly report your accident to your employer and the insurance company. Truck drivers typically travel great distances and may not be close to their employer when an accident occurs. Like all workers, truck drivers have only 30 days to report the accident to their employer. Be sure to notify a workers’ comp attorney about your injury claim. Your attorney can then make sure your claim is filed in a timely manner. An experienced comp attorney will also ensure important documents and records are kept.
- Help you obtain medical treatment close to your home. Over the road truck drivers rarely have accidents near their home. We work to ensure that drivers are able to get medical treatment as close to their home as possible and not be forced to drive several hours to see a doctor the employer or insurance company has chosen
- Get your weekly disability payment started. We work to make sure your income benefit payment is started timely and for the correct amount.
- Investigate your claim to determine whether you have a personal injury claim also. Truck drivers are often injured due to no fault of their own. We will do a thorough investigation of the facts surrounding your accident to find out if a lawsuit should be filed against an individual or corporation that caused your injury.
These are just a few of the ways an attorney can help with your workers’ compensation claim. Let a lawyer handle every aspect of your claim while you recover from your injuries.
Common Causes of Injuries to Truck Drivers on the Job
Truck drivers can become injured on the job in several ways. Those injuries include:
- Falls – Falls are one of the leading cause of injuries that truck drivers suffer on the job.
- Auto accidents – Truck drivers are twelve times more likely to be involved in a fatal auto accident than other drivers. Even when truck drivers survive the accident, their injuries can be severe and disabling.
- Rollover accidents – rollover accidents can be caused by sudden braking due to another person’s careless driving, poor road conditions or from cargo shifting in the trailer.
- Inadequate maintenance – poor truck maintenance can lead to catastrophic injuries and accidents. Some examples of inadequate truck maintenance that lead to driver injuries are brake failure, poor tire quality and broken coupling components.
- Loading/unloading accidents – The loads that truck drivers carry must be loaded onto the truck and unloaded from it. These loads are often heavy and can fall onto truck drivers. Loads can also cause back injuries when truck drivers lift and carry them.
- Warehouse accidents – Warehouses can be dangerous places for any worker, and that includes truck drivers. Truck drivers can be tripped by warehouse equipment or hit by falling objects. Sometimes the injuries have nothing to do with truckers’ loads. For instance, truckers may be exposed to poisonous chemicals or deadly fumes.
These are just a few of the injuries truck drivers may suffer on the job. Many of these types of injuries can cause serious orthopedic and spinal disc injuries. When truckers are injured, they should speak to a workers’ compensation lawyer who can successfully guide them through their claim.
Our Workers’ Comp Lawyers Fight for Truck Drivers
All workers, and especially truck drivers, will benefit from having an Augusta workers’ compensation lawyer by their side. At Gregory Smith Law, LLC, we stand up for the rights of injured truckers, diesel mechanics and anyone else that works in the trucking business. We aggressively pursue insurance companies and employers to ensure injured workers’ rights are upheld. If you have been injured, call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.