Injured in a truck accident while on the job?
Our Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers can help you seek maximum financial recovery.
Trucking accidents result in some of the most devastating injuries, including head trauma and spinal cord damage. Many times, accidents involving a truck result in catastrophic injuries. If the accident happened while you or a loved one was working, you’re entitled to certain workers’ compensation benefits from your employer. The benefits you receive can help alleviate some of your financial burdens. Even if the truck accident was your fault, you still may be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits.
If you were injured in a truck accident while performing a job-related task, then you should be covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance under Georgia law.
Workers’ comp guarantees financial compensation to injured workers for any damages resulting from a work-related accident, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Travel expenses to/from the doctor
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Death benefits (in the event of worker fatality; paid to victim’s family)
Unfortunately, oftentimes determining liability and negligence in a work-related truck accident can be complex and confusing. For instance, maybe the insurance company wants to investigate whether the injured employee was drinking on the job. Or maybe the benefits offered by workers’ comp doesn’t come close to covering the full costs resulting from the accident.
What’s an injured worker supposed to do then?
The Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers at Gerber & Holder Workers’ Compensation Attorneys have decades of experience representing workers injured in commercial truck accidents. We have the knowledge, skill and passion needed to prove that your injuries were directly related to the job-related accident and recover maximum workman’s comp benefits.
Focus on your recovery, NOT medical bills and financial uncertainty.Contact Gerber & Holder Workers’ Compensation Attorneys today for your free consultation.
Statistics on Truck Accidents in the Workplace
Nearly 2 million people worked as tractor-trailer and 18-wheeler truck drivers in 2016. Many more workers in various industries regularly work alongside heavy-duty trucks. People get injured all the time in truck-related accidents while on the clock. The top industries where such accidents commonly occur include:
- Wholesale trade and distribution
- Self-employed workers
Truck drivers experience one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, making it one of the most dangerous professions in America despite industry regulations on driver hours and federal safety requirements. In fact, the number of truck driver deaths increased by 7% in 2016 — more than any other occupation.
Injured Across State Lines?
Commercial truck accidents are unique because the worker may be from one state, but injured in another. Accident victims commonly wonder where they should file their claim. While each case is different, there are significant benefits to filing a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia:
- Georgia offers lifetime medical treatment at no cost.
- Georgia is not a maximum medical improvement state (MMI). Benefits cannot be limited just because the doctor says you’re not going to get any better.
- Injured workers receive benefits based on the amount of time out of work, which typically means they receive benefits for a longer period of time. This could be a lifetime for a catastrophic injury.
6 Types of Work-Related Truck Accidents:
- Vehicle crashes
- Overexertion and fatigue
- Slips, trips and falls
- Being struck by an object
- Contact with objects
- Defective truck parts
Top 7 Truck Accident Illnesses & Injuries:
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)
- Bone fractures
- Cuts and lacerations
- Pain and soreness
- Multiple traumatic injuries
If you were injured in a truck accident while at work in Georgia or while traveling in a different state for your Georgia-based employer, you should contact the Atlanta truck accident lawyers at Gerber & Holder Workers’ Compensation Attorneys to learn more about your right to recover workers’ compensation.
Types of injuries covered by Georgia workers’ compensation claims
Our record of winning workers’ comp cases involving truck accidents speaks for itself:
Contact an Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a commercial truck accident while at work, we can help you recover the workers’ compensation benefits you need and deserve.
As experienced workplace injury lawyers, we know how to maximize the benefits you receive. We will carefully evaluate your situation and advise on the best option for your situation. We’ll fight hard to ensure you receive the maximum benefits you’re entitled to under the law.
Like other workers’ comp cases in Georgia, lawsuits for work-related truck accidents must be filed within a certain period of time or else plaintiffs lose their right to compensation. This time period is known as the “statute of limitations,” and is two years after the injury occured or was first discovered.