ATTENTION TRUCK DRIVERS: You May Receive Both Worker’s Compensation Benefits and be Entitled to Bring a Personal Injury Lawsuit for Your Pain and Suffering and Lost Wages
You are in a high risk profession that unfortunately has an increased incidence of accidents that can cause serious personal injuries with catastrophic results. Even if you are hurt on the job, you may be entitled to money damages from a personal injury lawsuit in addition to your workers’ compensation payments.
For instance, I had a Bronx truck driver client whose truck was improperly loaded by workers at a food distributor’s warehouse. The negligent loading left him with very little space to place his feet when doing a side unload. While standing on the narrow ledge of his truck during a Manhattan supermarket delivery, he was caused to fall onto a set of rollers placed behind him without his knowledge by supermarket employees at his unloading destination. The accident caused him to suffer very serious injuries resulting in multiple surgeries and the inability to continue working. The case I brought against the warehouse and the supermarket for negligence resulted in a very significant settlement on the eve of trial . This sum was in addition to the medical and wage benefits he received from his separate workers’ compensation claim.
Similarly, another truck driver client was caused to fall in Queens on a loading dock during a delivery to a supermarket. The supermarket employee was negligent in removing a mechanical ramp, without notifying my client, which created a 10 inch gap between the rear of his truck and the loading dock. My client suffered through multiple surgeries and can no longer work. I negotiated a $1.3 million settlement in his personal injury case a few weeks before trial. Once again, this settlement was over and above the medical and wage benefits he received from his workers’ compensation claim.
Truck drivers need to know that they may be entitled to damages for pain and suffering in a personal injury lawsuit separate and apart from their workers’ compensation claim.
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