Commercial Drivers, COVID-19, and Workers’ Comp
We rely on truck drivers and commercial delivery drivers for the food, medicine, household supplies, and other goods we use every day. Never has that been more clear than now, as the U.S. battles the coronavirus pandemic. From personal protective equipment to groceries and toilet paper, we have what we need to survive all thanks to these drivers.
Trucking has always been a tough job, and that’s especially true in times of crisis. Drivers may wonder: will the pandemic affect my eligibility for workers’ comp if I get hurt? What are my options if I get sick with COVID-19 while working?
If you’re hurt on the job (in a crash, at the delivery location, loading or unloading your truck…), you have the right to collect workers’ compensation benefits, even during a national emergency. If you worry about your claim being denied by your employer or their insurance company, a workers’ compensation lawyer can be your representative and make sure you get what you deserve.
COVID-19 and workers’ comp
What if you contract the coronavirus while working? While truck drivers may not interact with many people during their workday, they may be a “high-risk” group due to underlying health conditions associated with the long hours and sedentary nature of their jobs. As they travel great distances and encounter people from all over the country, it’s possible for drivers to contract an infectious illness like the coronavirus. In order to receive workers’ compensation for this type of “disease as injury” claim, you must be able to show that you contracted the illness while performing your job duties. This is where a workers’ compensation lawyer can be of help.
See this additional information for Pennsylvania workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We represent truckers and drivers
For decades, we have represented commercial truck drivers injured in crashes or other on-the-job incidents. If you get hurt or sick as a result of doing your job, we are here to help. Call today; the consultation is always free.
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