Philadelphia Truck Driver Workplace Accident Lawyer
Experienced Workplace Accident Lawyers Assist Injured Truck Drivers in Philadelphia, PA
Truck drivers perform a critical job in our economy, ensuring that goods and products are transported throughout the country. Truck driving can require much physical labor, including the loading and unloading of cargo and delivery to customer locations. It can also require long hours on the road. As a result, a truck driver’s job duties often expose them to significant risks for injury, and many of these injuries can be severe in nature.
At Marrone Law Firm, LLC, we understand that truck drivers can often find themselves in a complicated and difficult position when they are injured in a workplace accident. As a result of complications, injured truck drivers may have trouble establishing their entitlement to compensation. For example, many truck drivers work as independent contractors or may have a complicated employment relationship among the trucking company, the company that owns the truck, and the company that has hired the truck load to be delivered.
However, truck drivers can suffer injuries so severe that they may be unable to return to work. If you are a Philadelphia truck driver who has been injured on the job, you deserve compensation for your injuries, especially when your injuries were caused by another party’s or entity’s intentional acts or negligence. The knowledgeable workplace accident attorneys of Marrone Law Firm will fight to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation available under the circumstances of your injury. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your legal rights and options and what kinds of compensation you may be eligible to pursue.
Common Kinds of Truck Driver Injuries in Philadelphia
Truck drivers face many different kinds of injuries in the course of their jobs. Some of the injuries commonly suffered by truck drivers include:
- Back and neck injuries, ranging from minor pain to dislocated discs
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries, like strained/sprained or torn muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Internal injuries, including bruising and bleeding of internal organs
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis and paraplegia/quadriplegia
- Crush injuries and amputations
Truck drivers face numerous risks of injury. Most obviously, truck drivers can be injured if they are involved in a motor vehicle accident while behind the wheel. A motor vehicle accident can be caused by the negligence of another driver on the road, by the truck driver’s own error that may have been facilitated by his or her employer forcing her to work excessive hours, or even by a design or manufacturing defect in the truck or by the negligent maintenance of the truck.
Truck drivers can also be injured while loading and unloading cargo into their truck or making deliveries to their customers, including suffering a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident on the customer’s property. These kinds of accidents can easily case broken bones, soft tissue injuries, repetitive stress injuries, or head injuries and traumatic brain injuries.
Dedicated Workplace Accident Lawyers Strive to Obtain Compensation for Injured Truck Drivers in Philadelphia, PA
As a general rule, when an employee is injured in the course of his her job, the injured employee is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Employers are required to ensure that their eligible employees receive workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits can provide an injured worker such as a truck driver with compensation that includes partial wage replacement if the employee is unable to work and reimbursement for medical expenses incurred to treat work-related injuries. However, an injured truck driver’s right to workers’ compensation benefits can be complicated if the driver’s employer classifies the driver as an independent contractor.
The legal team at Marrone Law Firm LLC has significant experience handling cases for injured Philadelphia truck drivers. We use our experience to help injured truck drivers obtain compensation for your injuries. We will evaluate the facts and circumstances of your situation to determine whether you are or should be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits or whether you may be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim if there is a third party who may be responsible for your injuries.
Contact Marrone Law Firm, LLC Today to Schedule a Consultation with a Knowledgeable Truck Driver Workplace Accident Attorney
If you are a Philadelphia truck driver who has suffered an injury in a workplace accident, our experienced workplace accident attorney may be able to help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our truck driver workplace accident attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and options following your injury and to discuss how our firm can help you get full and fair financial recovery for your expenses and losses.
Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Driver Workplace Accidents
FAQ: I was injured while delivering a load to someone’s location. What kind of compensation might I be entitled to?
If you are a truck driver who was injured to a hazardous condition on a customer’s property while making a delivery (for example, you suffered a slip-and-fall accident due to a wet or slippery floor), you may be entitled to assert a premises liability claim against the property owner. In many cases, the property owner will have insurance that will actually be the source of your compensation, such as a homeowners’ policy for a residential property or a commercial general liability policy for a commercial property. Our legal team will help you to explore every possible option for compensation for your injury, whether it be a workers’ compensation claim against your employer or a premises liability claim against the property owner.
FAQ: Do I need a lawyer if I’m injured while working as a truck driver in Philadelphia?
If you suffer a work-related injury, it is important that you have a lawyer to represent you. Many truck drivers are classified as independent contractors, which means that they may not be eligible for workers’ compensation. However, in some cases the truck driver’s employer has improperly classified them under Pennsylvania law. In addition, there may be a complex arrangement among the trucking company, the truck owner, and the company that has hired the load to be delivered, which can give rise to shared-employment arrangements or allocations of liability. Our experienced workplace accident attorneys can help you work through these complicated legal issues to determine what kinds of compensation you may be entitled to and who you can hold responsible to provide you with compensation for your injuries.