Truck drivers’ jobs involve a wide variety of treacherous tasks that open the door to all types of serious injuries. From driving large trucks and being at the mercy of inattentive drivers to loading and unloading cargo in difficult conditions, a number of things can go wrong while doing their jobs.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury on the job, it is important that you have skillful representation from a qualified attorney who understands workers’ compensation law and knows what it takes to protect your interests. At the Atlanta law firm of Hilley & Frieder, we represent truck drivers throughout Georgia in all types of workplace injury claims.
If you have been injured in the course of doing your job as a truck driver, call 404-233-6200 for a free consultation with a skilled Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer.
Our attorneys have extensive experience with these cases, and we know what it takes to help you secure the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. We also investigate every case to determine if there are grounds for an additional personal injury claim. For example, if your injury was caused because of faulty brakes or a tire blowout, we may be able to seek additional damages from the manufacturer or maintenance company on your behalf.
Our firm has successfully represented truck drivers in many types of on-the-job injury claims, including:
Delivery drivers usually suffer injuries from lifting, automobile collisions or falls on property where items are being delivered. Here are the types of claims available:
Workers’ Compensation: Whether driving directly for a delivery company such as Amazon, UPS or FedEx or working for a subcontracting company or other delivery company, any physical injury caused by lifting, delivery, falls or collisions will qualify for benefits through workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation provides all medical care for the job related injury. There are no deductibles or co-pays and travel expenses which include mileage and parking are also paid. If you are unable to work due to your injury, you are paid weekly benefits which at the present time are a maximum of $675.00 per week, but which will increase to $725.00 per week after July 1, 2022.
Third-Party Claims: When a work related injury occurs due to the negligence of someone else, you have a right to collect damages for your injury from the person and/or company at fault. Here are some examples:
Auto Collision: When a delivery driver suffers injury from an auto collision caused by another driver, damages for medical expenses and lost earnings plus pain and suffering can be recovered not only from the driver’s insurance but also from any other coverages available. At the present time, our office is representing a delivery driver who worked for a subcontractor for Amazon and for which the combined coverages are $1,000,000.00 plus the workers’ compensation.
Premises Liability: When a delivery driver suffers injuries due to a dangerous condition which causes a fall, damages can be collected from the owner / occupier of the property where the driver fell. Property owners have the duty to exercise reasonable precautions to keep the property safe for invitees which include delivery drivers. Sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots which are in disrepair and cause a fall are actionable negligence for which damages including pain and suffering are recoverable. Inadequate lighting is actionable. If the area where the delivery is made is a frequent target of criminals, the injury is also actionable.
Our representation of injured workers’ includes pursuit of third-party claims and even medical negligence when treatment of the injuries falls below the standard of care.
Ronald Hilley was the contributing attorney to this content.