Delivery workers are always on the road, and they often face tight deadlines that encourage them to get to their destination as quickly as possible. Whether they drive a car or ride a bike, they feel the pressure of making deliveries promptly. Sometimes, that pressure coupled with negligence on the part of other drivers, riders or the people they deliver to can result in an injury sustained on the job.
When this happens, delivery workers may feel discouraged and depressed. Depending on the severity of their injury, they could be out of work for weeks or even months. This can impact their ability to provide for their family and may also mean they cannot go back to work if they suffer a permanent disability.
What alternatives do you have if this happens to you? By pursuing workers’ compensation, you could ensure your family is taken care of and your medical bills get paid for the duration of your injury. An experienced delivery workers’ compensation lawyer can help you determine if you qualify.
What Is Workers’ Compensation for Delivery Drivers?
Workers’ compensation is money paid to an employee after they get injured on the job. Pennsylvania employers are required to offer workers’ compensation to their employees. This applies even to part-time and seasonal employees, which includes some delivery drivers.
Sometimes, injuries can be serious for a delivery worker. A car accident may lead to severe debilitation, for instance. In these cases, it is essential you follow the guidance of your doctor and not the independent medical examination offered during a workers’ compensation case. Also, you may have to fight your employer to prove you were on the job when the injury happened, since commute time is not covered under workers’ compensation laws. Even if your claim is denied the first time, an attorney can help you appeal it.
What Types of Injuries Are Common for Delivery Workers?
Car and bike accidents frequently lead to injury for delivery workers. They could cause:
- Broken bones
- Spinal or head injuries
- Back injuries
Slips, trips and falls can also occur as a delivery worker goes from one location to another, prompting torn ligaments or concussions.
Speak to an Experienced Delivery Workers’ Comp Attorney About Your Case
If you’ve been involved in a delivery worker accident that led to your injury, you should determine if you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Many people mistakenly assume they are not, and they miss out on money they could use to pay their medical bills and make up for some wages lost during their injury.
Consult with the team at Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., about your situation. We only handle workers’ compensation cases, and our extensive knowledge in this area facilitates the best outcomes for our clients. We can travel to you, so you don’t even have to leave your home. Schedule a free initial consultation with us by calling our office at (717) 695-4722, or fill out our online contact form. Let us fight to get the money you deserve!