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3 possible reasons delivery drivers may need workers’ comp

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Delivery driving can be a very active and challenging job. The work environment constantly shifts, and job responsibilities are different from day to day. Those who like a degree of structure but dislike monotony might find that delivery driving is a viable employment option.

Precision at the wheel is crucial, as is attention to detail when handling packages and completing deliveries for business. Delivery work typically comes with competitive compensation, which companies offer in part because of the risk involved in delivery work. Delivery drivers may find themselves in need of workers’ compensation benefits due to the numerous hazards they face on the job. For example, the following employment risks might lead to workers’ compensation claims filed by delivery drivers.

Traumatic car crash injuries

The most obvious risk of driving for a living is the possibility of a crash at any moment. Motor vehicle collisions are one of the top ways that workers die or develop permanent injuries on the clock. Thankfully, delivery drivers often operate large, heavy delivery fleet vehicles that offer them better physical protection than a passenger vehicle might in the event of a crash.

Repetitive strain injuries

Delivery work is repetitive in many regards, as someone has to continually maintain control over a large delivery vehicle for eight hours a shift or possibly longer. Needing to constantly grip the steering wheel can potentially lead to carpal tunnel syndrome for a delivery driver. They may also be at risk of injury to their back and hips from sitting in the truck all day without adequate spinal support. The long hours and few opportunities for breaks make the consistent low-grade strain on the body a concern.

Overexertion injuries

Truck drivers often have to load and unload as part of their work. They are therefore at risk of injuries to their backs, shoulders and knees. Lifting and twisting can very quickly lead to career-ending symptoms for commercial drivers. Overexertion injuries can leave someone incapable of doing their job for weeks, much like a traumatic injury from a crash might.

The good news is that workers’ compensation coverage can potentially pay for medical treatment for delivery driver injuries. Drivers may also qualify for disability benefits if they have to take time away to recover. Choosing to file a workers’ compensation claim after developing a repetitive motion injury or other health challenge can help a truck driver pay for their treatment and reduce the financial impact of time away from work. Drivers who recognize common job hazards are in the best position possible to avoid those hazards and respond appropriately if they end up injured.