It is important to remember that you don’t have to be in an accident to sustain a serious injury. Truck drivers will often suffer back and neck problems as a result of long hours behind the wheel. If these injuries affect their ability to work, they may be eligible for compensation from their employers.
Many on-the-job demands of semi driving can cause trucker back injuries, including:
- Driving positions. There are only so many ways a trucker can sit comfortably while operating a two-ton semi. Many drivers habitually lean against the window frame or rest their right hand on the gearshift, adding years of accumulated pressure on the arm, wrist, and shoulders.
- Loading and unloading. Many truckers will load and unload cargo during their careers, putting them at risk of hernias, disc degeneration, and spinal fractures.
- Shifting and lowering. Drivers perform many specialized actions, such as constant gear shifts and manually operating the supports that raise and lower the trailer. These often require awkward positions and overuse of arm and shoulder joints, causing ligament and muscle damage.
Our back injury attorneys know that many truckers will not ask for compensation for these injuries. Some fear they will simply be fired, or assume such pains are “part of the job.” Don't suffer alone. Get the legal help you need so that you don't have to be in pain any longer.
Start today by signing up for your free confidential case evaluation. The experienced lawyers at VB Attorneys will review and discuss your claim with you and advise you on your best course of action. To get started now, call us at 877.724.7800 or fill out a contact form on our website.