Orlando Truck Related Injury Attorney
The trucking industry is one of the most dangerous industries for workers in Florida. Every year, there are hundreds of trucking-related injuries reported; in fact, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that in a single year, there were more than 760 tractor-trailer truck drivers killed while working, and that the number of tractor-trailer truck driver deaths has been on the rise for the past half decade. The same source also states that tractor-trailer drivers are three times more likely than the average American worker to suffer from an injury or illness that requires them to take days off of work.
If you have suffered a trucking-related injury, our experienced Orlando workplace injury attorneys at the Hornsby Law Group want to meet with you to discuss your case today.
Common Types of Trucking Related Injuries
Truck drivers and those who work in the trucking industry (i.e. loaders of cargo) may suffer from a wide range of injury types. These include, but are not limited to:
- Musculoskeletal disorders;
- Tendon injuries;
- Disc injuries;
- Disorders of the muscles and nerves; and
- Traumatic injuries, such as broken bones, head injuries, or spinal injuries.
The first category of injuries – musculoskeletal injuries – are often caused as a result of overexertion. For example, constantly getting in and out of the truck, or loading and unloading cargo, can lead to injury. The second category of injuries – acute and traumatic injuries – result from force or impact, such as that which would be present during a truck accident.
Who Is Liable for a Trucking Related Injury?
Injuries for truck drivers are often more complicated when it comes to liability than are injuries amongst workers in other industries. This is because many employers choose to classify truck drivers as independent contractors, not as employees, meaning that many truck drivers are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to help pay for medical bills and lost wages.
However, those in the trucking industry who are not covered under their employer’s workers’ compensation plan have another option for recovering compensation after an injury, if they can prove that the injury would not have occurred but for another party’s negligence or fault: filing a lawsuit. A lawsuit can be used to recover compensation for a worker’s lost wages, medical expenses, and other economic losses in addition to noneconomic losses, like pain and suffering, as well.
How an Orlando Trucking Injury Attorney Can Help
Knowing your rights as an injured worker in the trucking industry can be confusing. Whether your employer has workers’ compensation insurance or not, our experienced Florida injury attorneys at the Hornsby Law Group can help you to file a claim and fight for the compensation to which you are entitled. To schedule your free case consultation with our lawyers and learn more about your rights today, call us or fill out our online contact form and one of our representatives will reach out to your shortly.