Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Delivery Drivers In New Jersey
Delivery drivers are critical in aiding our economy in the United States. Throughout the nation, delivery drivers get hurt at work every single day. Founded over 50 years ago, Law Offices of Kaplan & Kaplan, P.C. has been helping injured employees secure workers’ compensation benefits for themselves and their families after workplace accidents, injuries or illnesses. With over 25 years of experience, our managing partner, Kenneth Kaplan, continues the legacy of helping injured workers in North Haledon, Paterson and Hackensack receive the compensation they deserve. If you are a New Jersey delivery driver who was injured while doing your job, we can help.
Our Increasing Dependence On Delivery Drivers
Our American economy has always relied heavily on the trucking industry and delivery drivers. Getting goods and commodities from a manufacturer or warehouse to a retail point of purchase is big business and a critical part of the infrastructure in the United States.
In recent years, the need for delivery drivers has increased exponentially; we can order nearly anything online and have it delivered to our doorsteps, sometimes within just a few hours. When it comes to getting takeout, pizza used to be the only option for delivered food. However, due to improved technologies and changing interests, restaurants and fast-food franchises can deliver meals within minutes. As a result, there is a greater number of delivery drivers on the road than ever before. Whether it is groceries, takeout, or online orders, drivers put themselves at risk each day just by doing their job.
Common Delivery Driver Workplace Injuries
For delivery drivers in New Jersey, their workplace can be anywhere on the Hackensack city streets, retail parking lots in Paterson or the North Haledon neighborhood sidewalks. Accidents and injuries can happen at any time in any of these places. Exposure to multiple environments and germs on a regular basis can also lead to illness.
Common injuries sustained by delivery drivers include:
- Lacerations, abrasions and contusions
- Broken or fractured bones
- Back, neck or shoulder injuries
These injuries can happen instantly. Slipping and falling because of ice on the sidewalk can result in a nasty cut or concussion. Getting hit by a car while unloading a truck can cause a broken bone. Getting rear-ended in traffic can lead to whiplash.
On the other hand, they can also creep up slowly over time. Many delivery drivers are subject to repetitive heavy lifting, which can lead to chronic back and shoulder pain.
Can Delivery Drivers File Workers’ Compensation Claims In New Jersey?
Employers in the state of New Jersey are required to have workers’ compensation coverage for their employees. In addition, in the State of New Jersey, it doesn’t matter who is at fault for the accident. If an employee gets hurt at work, even if it was their fault, they are still entitled to file a claim petition for workers’ compensation benefits.
Were You Injured During a Delivery? Schedule A Free Consultation.
If you were injured during your delivery route or making deliveries is part of your job, you may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits and Law Offices of Kaplan & Kaplan, P.C. can help. We offer a free initial consultation and case evaluation. Call 973-988-1101 or send an email through the online form to schedule your free appointment today.