When Truck Drivers Are Injured, Does Location Matter?
If you were injured while working as a trucker, you may realize you have legal issues to resolve just as much as you have medical conditions in need of treatment. An attorney can help you protect access to workers’ compensation benefits you are eligible for and investigate the case to determine whether you also have any third-party liability claims.
Assuming you are employed by a Minnesota trucking company, your workers’ compensation claim, if applicable, will be Minnesota-based, no matter where you were injured. At Atkinson Gerber Law Office, we represent injured truckers who seek relief through the workers’ compensation system in Minnesota. Our attorneys exhaust all available sources of compensation for our clients who have been injured while working as truckers.
First Things First: What Type Of Injuries Have You Suffered?
A truck naturally provides its occupants with greater protection than other vehicles do in case of a crash. A relatively small percentage of injuries and fatalities resulting from truck crashes involve truck drivers or passengers inside trucks. You may fall within that small percentage of truckers who have been injured in crashes, or your occupational ailments may include:
- Conditions caused by overexertion
- Injuries due to falls from heights or slip-and-fall accidents
- Injuries involving contact with heavy objects or equipment
- Mental injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
For the sake of your health and comfort, seek medical treatment as soon as possible after an accident or the onset of a medical condition. Get prompt legal advice, too. It doesn’t matter whether you were behind the wheel as long as your injuries were job-related.
Confirm Your Eligibility For Workers’ Compensation
You should qualify for workers’ compensation benefits if you were an employee at the time of an accident or incidents that caused your injuries. If the trucking company for which you work has said you are an independent contractor, this may put your eligibility for workers’ compensation in question.
Our attorneys are ready to investigate. If necessary, we can take your employer to court to prove that you are an employee and should qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
Contact Our Minnesota Attorneys Who Advise Injured Truckers
To schedule a free initial consultation about a trucking-related injury, contact Atkinson Gerber Law Office at 800-583-7016 or by email. Our after-hours answering service is responsive 24/7. As needed, we also meet clients in homes, hospitals and off-site locations throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and statewide in Minnesota.