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Considerations For Injured Truck Drivers In New London, CTDriving a truck consistently ranks among the most dangerous jobs across the United States. With truck drivers facing so many hazards on the job, they are at a high risk of severe injuries that bring with them significant consequences, both legally and financially.

With trucking being as common as it is in New London, CT, Pomfret Center, CT, and Norwich, CT, in service to major metropolitan areas nearby like New York, truck drivers need to be well aware of the consequences of injuries they suffer on the job and what they can mean for their life. In this article, we’ll explore some of the injuries truckers frequently suffer, their impact on their health and financial well-being, as well as the importance of seeking out skilled legal assistance from a truck injury lawyer.

Common Work Injuries Among Truck Drivers

Given the nature of the job, truck drivers are exposed to several injuries that others aren’t. Some of these injuries include:

Lower Back Injuries

As is the case with many jobs today, sitting for prolonged periods and then abruptly needing to lift heavy objects lends itself to having somewhat significant issues with the lower back. Herniated discs, strains, and sprains aren’t uncommon. Chronic pain and limitations to mobility often follow. Like with any injury suffered while on the job, a truck driver low back injury attorney can connect you with medical care professionals and establish liability so you can be compensated for the losses your injuries cause you to suffer.

Shoulder Injuries

Lifting doesn’t just cause lower back injuries, though. In addition to lifting, loading and securing cargo also irritate the neck and shoulder areas, causing shoulder injuries. Common truck driver shoulder injuries that result range from rotator cuff tears to tendonitis and shoulder impingement syndrome.

Neck Injuries

Poor posture over long shifts where drivers maintain the same position while driving can lead to neck injuries. Pain, stiffness, and limited movement are common effects of these injuries.

Knee Injuries

Climbing in and out of truck cabs and constantly using the accelerator and brake pedals wears down on the knees over time. Tendonitis, bursitis, and meniscal tears are somewhat common injuries truck drivers experience as a result of the job.

Bear in mind these injuries are the result of normal work demands. Getting in an accident as a truck driver brings with it a relatively unique set of severe injuries, including:

  • Whiplash;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Fractures and broken bones;
  • Psychological trauma;
  • And more.

Legal And Financial Considerations

If you’re a truck driver and you’ve been injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation. Determining whether this is so or not can be slightly complicated, so it’s likely in your best interest to seek guidance and advice from a truck driver work injury lawyer. If you do, they’ll steer you in the right direction through many obstacles that would otherwise be a pitfall that prevents you from getting the compensation you’d be entitled to by state law. These obstacles include:

Workers’ Compensation

If you suffer an injury on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. If so, that means you’ll have coverage for medical expenses, wages you’ve lost, and various disability benefits. You’ll need to report the injury to your employer promptly in order to receive these benefits. On top of this, you’ll need to get medical treatment as soon as you possibly can after suffering the injury.

Third-Party Liability Claims

Personal injury law permits liability to extend to third parties that might not seem directly connected to the incident you suffered from. With a truck injury lawyer at your side, they’ll determine whether this is the case in your situation. If so, it could mean you can seek additional compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and even punitive damages.

Statute Of Limitations

Connecticut has a statute of limitations designed to protect defendants, ensure a fair and just process, and facilitate an efficiently functioning judicial system. Although you can argue that this might not be the case, these laws must nevertheless be followed. This means you’ll need to escalate your claim within a certain period. Failure to do so means you forfeit your ability to do so thereafter.

Work-related injuries can have serious consequences for truck drivers in New London, Pomfret Center, and Norwich, CT. With this primer, you’ll be better equipped to navigate the many legal and financial considerations you’ll face after suffering one.

If you need answers to more nuanced questions or concerns about a slightly more unique situation, Steven A. Tomeo & Associates, LLC. is more than happy to assist you with your truck driver personal injury claim. Email or call us at (860) 764-2744 today to set up a free consultation where we can do just that, as well as determine if we can assist you further in any other ways.

STEVEN TOMEO, ESQ.

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