Shipping and trucking industry workers are exposed to numerous hazards that can lead to serious injuries. These occupations often require workers to engage in heavy lifting when loading and unloading cargo. In addition, shipping and trucking workers can sustain injuries as the result of road accidents. If you are injured on the job regardless of who is at fault, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. If another party besides you or your employer is at fault for the accident, you may also be able to file a third-party action and seek additional compensation.
Types of Shipping and Trucking Injuries
Shipping and trucking workers can experience a wide range of injuries while on the job. These injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Knee injuries
- Shoulder injuries
Many of these work-related injuries are caused by trauma from an acute accident such as a motor vehicle accident, equipment accident or falling object accident. Repetitive trauma injuries, however, are also very common in this line of work. These injuries accrue over time from performing the same action repeatedly. For example, shipping workers who repeatedly lift heavy boxes to and from shipping trucks often suffer back strain injuries.
Accidents While Out of State
Jobs in the shipping and trucking industries often require workers to go out of state. If you have an accident while working in another state, you can still file a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois. It is usually wise to do so, as Illinois has some of the most favorable workers’ compensation laws in the country. Such cases can become complex, however. It’s important to hire an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to advise and represent you in your claim.
The attorneys at Ankin Law Office are experienced in handling all kinds of workers’ compensation claims particularly those for workers in the shipping and trucking industries. We fight hard for the rights of injured workers and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to discuss your claim at a free consultation.