Things To Know As A Truck Driver
Updated: Apr 23, 2020
Truck drivers have a higher risk of injury while working. From traffic accidents to slips and falls, a truck driver might find themselves in a situation that can cause them to suffer harm or serious bodily injury. If a truck driver is injured while on the job, they are entitled to file a claim for workers compensation benefits. But a drivers follows up with their injury claim will play an important role in determining the value of the benefits they are eligible for. Here are a few things to remember when you file your workers’ comp claim for your trucker driver injury.
Understand Your Company’s Procedures for Reporting Injuries
Truck drivers often operate with a large amount of independence from their employers and usually do not have direct contact with supervisors for long periods of time. This means that supervisors or employers might not be aware that their employee was in an accident. Its important that the injured driver notify their employer or supervisor immediately. Reporting your injury is crucial when it comes to workers’ comp claims. The time between when your injury occurred and when it is reported can affect the value of the claim. Injured truck drivers should also immediately seek medical attention and report their injury to the person or entity designated by the employer.
Light Duty Positions Available?
Some trucking companies will offer an injured driver a light duty position while they are healing. Look at your company’s return-to-work policy and make sure you give your doctor all necessary forms, otherwise you might not be deemed medically fit to return to work even at a light duty capacity. Communicate with your employer about any work restrictions your doctor recommends so that your employer can accomodate those restrictions.