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More Atlanta Seasonal Drivers: Additional On-The-Job Injuries?

Holiday shipping has grown as more consumers shop online than they did in the past. UPS expects to deliver more than 120 million packages in just the week before Christmas, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The company's busiest day will be December 22, when it plans to deliver 26 million packages. This year, the Sandy Springs-based delivery company expects a shorter peak season as many shoppers wait until the last minute to purchase gifts.

Seasonal hiring just at UPS has increased this year and is expected to reach 55,000 additional temporary workers, including 1,247 in Atlanta. With the added seasonal delivery drivers and holiday deadlines, workers are at an increased risk of suffering on-the-job injuries, including back and shoulder injuries, as well as strains and sprains to ankles and wrists.  Another risk for drivers on the busy holiday roadways is a job-related auto accident in which serious injury can occur.

Georgia Workers' Compensation Claims

When an injury happens while working, an Atlanta workers' compensation claim (also called workers' comp) will aid in recovery of medical expenses related to the injury. Injuries from an accident in a personal vehicle that occur while commuting to work may also be covered by workers' compensation.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury, a workers' comp claim may not be the only available claim. This may be the case when a personal vehicle is damaged in a work-related accident. In this example, a personal injury claim may also be appropriate.

During this upcoming holiday season it is hoped that no delivery drivers suffer injury, but if an injury occurs, seek immediate treatment. Then contact a workers' compensation attorney, who also understands personal injury law, to make sure that no claim is missed.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "UPS Expects More Online Shopping for Holidays," Arielle Kass, Nov. 7, 2011.

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