Truckers spend long hours on the road. As a result, truckers are at greater risk for being injured in a work-related auto accident than most types of workers. If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident while transporting goods or equipment in the Charlotte, North Carolina, metropolitan area, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation, which provides financial benefits for truckers and other commercial drivers who suffered disabling injuries while performing their job duties.
The trucking industry can be highly dangerous, even for seasoned drivers who have years or decades of experience operating semi-trailer trucks and other commercial vehicles. Truckers are almost constantly exposed to the risk of automotive accidents, which are among the leading causes of accidental death and injury in North Carolina and the United States. Even when a truck driver operates his or her vehicle safely and defensively, the actions of other drivers can still cause an accident. Accidents can also occur due to defective truck components, such as faulty brake systems.
No matter what causes an 18-wheeler accident, the driver is at risk of sustaining a serious injury. Even though trucks are larger and heavier than most other vehicles on the road, drivers are still vulnerable to an array of disabling injuries, such as:
Broken Bones/Bone Fractures
Chest and Abdominal Injuries
Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Dismemberment and Amputation Injuries
Ear Injuries/Hearing Loss
Eye Injuries/Vision Loss
Foot and Ankle Injuries
Hand and Wrist Injuries
Soft Tissue Injuries (Sprains, Strains)
Whiplash Neck Injuries (Cervical Sprain/Strain Injury)
While workers’ compensation can provide significant benefits for injured workers in North Carolina, the process of getting fair compensation often proves difficult, even in cases where the severity of the injury seems obvious or straightforward. Employers and insurers frequently look for excuses to deny claims, or make errors that cause benefits to be delayed while the injury victim struggles to cope with expensive medical bills. Representation by a skilled and experienced workers’ compensation attorney can facilitate the process while ensuring that your best interests will be protected. As a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist, I would be happy to see if I can help you with your case. Give a Charlotte workers’ comp. lawyer at the Ramsay Law Firm a call today at 704-376-1616 or toll-free at 877-576-5500.