When working in shipping or trucking, you face a variety of hazards, including falling objects, heavy machinery, large shipping vehicles, and constant heavy lifting. This makes injury a very real possibility, which is why shipping companies must have safety standards in place and exercise sound judgment in the work they expect from their employees.
However, even with these regulations in place, injuries are still likely. If you have been hurt in a workplace-related incident as a shipping worker, you are due workers’ compensation to help ease the expenses of medical treatment and lost hours. Hart & David is here to assist you throughout the process of claiming these benefits through skilled representation and experienced legal advising.
Common Shipping Injuries
Illinois shipping workers handle endless streams of heavy freight, making an injury while on the job very likely. Common accidents and injuries include:
- Back strain or trauma
- Traumatic head injury
- Joint or limb trauma
- Vehicle accidents
- Falling objects
- Slipping and falling
- Repetitive motion or overexertion injury
- Accidents involving machines
Each of these can easily lead to permanent disability, rendering you either partially or totally incapable of working. In the event that this happens, you need an attorney you can trust. Even if an injury seems minor, such as persistent back pain from constant lifting, you need to seek medical and legal help since it could constitute repetitive trauma and affect your ability to work in the future.
Workers’ Compensation for Shipping Workers
Given the high likelihood of injury shipping workers face as compared to other occupations, you need to be certain you are familiar with your rights when it comes to workers’ compensation. Benefits that are owed by your employer in the event of an injury include:
- Medical expenses, including for prescription medications, specialists referred by your medical care provider, and treatments your doctor deems necessary
- Temporary disability
- Permanent partial/total disability benefits
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Disfigurement benefits
If a third party was involved in the accident, you may also be due personal injury damages for pain and suffering, lost ability to work, lost income, and diminished quality of life. In these cases, punitive damages may also be due if the accident resulted from reckless or intentional actions.
Seeking Legal Aid
Workers’ compensation has its own legal challenges involved. First of all, your employer may try to get you to settle for less than you deserve by arguing over the severity of your injury. They may attempt to deny you benefits by stating that your injury won’t limit your ability to work or by downplaying your rights to workers’ compensation.
Don’t let your employer or their insurance company tell you how severe your injury is. Only your doctor can state whether your injury limits your ability to work, so use that evidence to your advantage. In addition, seek legal assistance immediately.
You need legal advising to ensure you know your rights and can take appropriate action. Hart & David provides the legal advising and representation you need to recover as much compensation as possible for your injury. For a free consultation regarding your case, contact Hart & David today.