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Workers compensation for transportation sector employees

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2024 | Workers' Compensation Blog Post |

While the transportation industry is vital to Virginia’s economy, it’s not without its risks. Truck drivers and delivery personnel are prone to a range of injuries related to their work, whether they’re driving or otherwise.

Recognizing that any injury sustained while performing work duties is potentially covered under the state’s workers’ compensation system is essential.

Common injuries in the transportation sector

Truck drivers and delivery personnel face unique occupational hazards daily. Here’s a closer look at the most likely injuries these workers may encounter:

Musculoskeletal injuries:

  • Strains and sprains: Often a result of lifting heavy items.
  • Back injuries: Long hours of sitting, coupled with vibrations from the vehicle, can lead to chronic back pain.

Traumatic injuries:

  • Fractures and lacerations: Can occur during loading and unloading cargo, or as a result of vehicle collisions.
  • Head injuries: These can range from concussions to more severe trauma, especially during an accident.

Accident-related injuries:

  • Whiplash: Sudden stops or collisions can cause neck injuries.
  • Broken bones: More common in serious accidents.

Workers’ compensation can cover various work-related injuries, including these if they meet the accident test that is required in Virginia. Call for a free consultation to discuss your facts.

What workers’ comp provides

Workers’ compensation can pay for a worker’s medical expenses and a part of their lost wages due to their injuries. It can also provide compensation for disabilities resulting from work-related injuries. In the case of vehicle-related injuries, coverage includes accidents occurring in the scope of employment. But this does not necessarily mean only while driving.

If you’re injured while performing any work-related task, you may be covered.

Filing a workers’ compensation claim

In Virginia, you have two years from the accident date to file a workers’ comp claim. However, your employer can deny your claim for several reasons, such as having an incomplete claim form or a discrepancy in your claim.

If this happens, you can send a written request to Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation Commission for a hearing over the dispute. Consider consulting with a legal professional, who may be able to help guide you through the appeal process.