The trucking industry has one of the highest workers’ compensation claim rates. This is often a direct result of drivers spending a long time behind the wheel, partaking in physical activity, eating poorly and neglecting to exercise.
As a trucker, it’s imperative to do whatever you can to avoid injury, as even a minor setback can keep you off the road for an extended period of time.
Truck driver injuries are often related to the following:
- On-the-road accidents, such as with another vehicle
- Overexertion, typically from too much time on the road
- Falling, such as when stepping out of the driver’s seat
- Being struck by an object, usually when loading or unloading
- Heavy lifting
- Repetitive use of a body part
- Awkward positioning or posture while driving
Strains and sprains
Strains and sprains make up roughly half of all truck driver injuries. While these may not be the most serious injuries, they can result in pain and discomfort, thus making it impossible to do your job.
Common types of strain and sprain injuries include:
- Back and/or neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Knee pain
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Other types of injuries
There are many other types of injuries that can plague truckers, including but not limited to:
- Broken bones
- Slipped disc
- Abrasions or lacerations
- Concussion or traumatic brain injury
- Soft tissue injuries
What should you do?
If you work as a truck driver, pay close attention to your health and well-being. You should never ignore an injury, as doing so can result in additional damage and pain.
Here are the steps you should take:
- Report the injury to your employer
- Receive an immediate medical diagnosis
- Follow the treatment plan suggested by your medical team
- Don’t attempt to return to your job too soon
Since an on-the-job injury typically impacts your ability to get paid, you’ll want to learn more about the workers’ compensation system.
If you immediately begin to receive benefits, you can then focus all your energy on making a full recovery.
However, if you receive a denial letter, learn more about your legal rights and how to file an appeal.
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