Do Illinois Delivery Drivers Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?

Categories: Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law. | December 8, 2023

People and businesses across the country rely on parcel delivery drivers every day to receive different kinds of packages, from e-commerce purchases to holiday gifts from family and friends. Delivery drivers take on the elements in their trucks and in person as they try to ensure that each parcel arrives at the intended destination on time.

The duties of a delivery driver are quite diverse. To begin with, personnel are expected to load their own trucks, which puts them at risk of moving heavy packages with insufficient help. This can lead to back, neck, or knee injuries or repetitive stress injuries caused by performing the same motions throughout the workday. Fortunately, in Illinois, delivery drivers who are hurt while carrying out the duties of their employment may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Common causes of delivery workers’ injuries include:

– Car accidents
– Forklift accidents
– Back, Neck, and Shoulder Injuries
– Fractured, broken, or crushed bones
– Carpal tunnel syndrome
– Slip and fall

What to do If you’re hurt on your delivery route:

– Obtain first aid or any other necessary medical treatment as soon as possible.
– Notify your employer about the injury and the way in which it occurred, as soon as possible.
– Fill out an accident report as soon as you can. If you are in an accident, a police report can help you document the occurrence.
– Call Krol, Bongiorno & Given. Once you have received necessary emergency medical treatment, your next step is to call an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.

Workers’ compensation claims for delivery drivers can be challenging and complex. We understand that many families depend on the income of an injured worker, and we are proud of our record protecting the injured and disabled. If you received an injury while working as a delivery driver, or a loved one lost their life while working, call (312) 726-5567 for a free consultation or contact us online.