Common Truck and Package Delivery Driver Injuries in Illinois

Categories: Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law. | May 21, 2018

Most Illinois businesses depend on the timely delivery of packages and products.

In addition to the long hours on the road and extended shift hours, a delivery driver’s job is highly physical, with bending, twisting, and lifting motions performed for hours each day. Delivery professionals should understand the commons risks and injuries associated with their job, in order to help prevent them from occurring.

Vehicle Accidents

Delivery professionals spend a lot of time on the road, and therefore their risk of being injured in a vehicle accident is magnified. Delivery drivers are exposed to the actions of other drivers throughout the day, whether reckless, negligent, or distracted.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Professional delivery drivers are also susceptible to repetitive strain injuries and overexertion due to the high volume of heavy cargo lifting. Over time, injuries to the back, shoulder, and neck can accumulate and become painful and/or debilitating.

Slip and Falls

Stepping down from a cab floor or trailer can greatly increase the risk of a slip and fall when a driver lands on the ground. The chances of injury increase greatly if the driver’s footwear does not have adequate grip or if the ground is wet, muddy, or oily. Additionally, drivers often face a multitude of potential hazards at delivery locations such as broken steps and icy sidewalks.

Workplace injuries can leave an employee with permanent, life-altering conditions. If you have been injured as a result of your job, it is extremely important to seek immediate medical care and to speak with an experienced workers comp attorney as soon as possible. At Krol, Bongiorno & Given, we have handled well over 30,000 claims for injured workers throughout the state of Illinois. For immediate help with a work injury case, call (312) 726-5567 for a free consultation or contact us online.