With companies like Amazon making it easier for consumers to have goods shipped directly to their homes, the United States has seen an increase in the number of jobs available for commercial truck drivers. This also means that there has been an increase in the number of reported injuries sustained by commercial truck drivers.
Injuries Frequently Sustained By Commerical Truck Drivers
Truck drivers don’t just have to sit behind the wheel of their vehicle and drive it. In the majority of cases, the drivers are also expected to load and unload their trucks. Given this range of duties, drivers frequently sustain the following injuries:
Nearly everyone has sprained a muscle before and understands how painful a sprain ca be. Few, however, realize that a severe muscle strain can take weeks or even months to heal properly and that it is important to give that muscle rest during recovery.
A herniated disc can be quite painful and if the disc is pressing on a nerve, it can cause numbness, burning, or tingling. Treatments that are commonly recommended to patients with a slipped disc include physical therapy, steroid injections, medication, and surgery.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
When a worker makes the same motions over and over and over again, especially when lifting heavy objects, the joints used to make that motion can become inflamed and damaged.
Depending on what is being moved, truckers may be around large stacks of goods. If those stacks topple, the trucker could be crushed underneath. While many people assume that crush injury means that bones are broken and internal organs damaged (and this is possible), a crush injury isn’t always obvious.
Being crushed can cause muscle swelling and then breakdown, known as rhabdomyolysis. When rhabdomyolysis occurs, the muscle fiber dies and toxins are released into the bloodstream. This can cause kidney failure, arrhythmia, hypovolemic shock, acute lung injury, and death.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury can occur during a crash or because of a slip and fall while working with a load. Some patients are able to recover completely after a brain injury and others are impaired for life. Symptoms of traumatic brain injury can include:
- Personality Changes
- Language Issues
- Memory Issues
Doctors are still learning about the brain and two patients with similar injuries may have completely different symptoms and may heal in very different ways.
Truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, and falling cargo can all result in a broken bone. Bones take months to heal and depending on the location, can prevent a truck from returning to work for an extended period of time.
Often secondary to other injuries such as broken bones or lacerations, nerve damage can be permanent and may result in the total loss of sensation in a body part.
A deep cut can cause serious damage to muscles, tendons, and nerves. In addition, there is a high risk of secondary infection that could land a trucker in the hospital or cause sepsis.
A collision or a defect in a truck can cause the gas line to ignite. If a trucker can’t get away from an explosion or fire, burns will occur. These burns may be superficial or severe enough that amputation may need to occur.
If you’re a trucker who has been injured while working, you may want to consider requesting a free consultation with an experienced workers’ comp attorney. There are strict deadlines for workers’ comp claim forms, so be sure to reach out for your legal consultation as quickly as possible.