Long-haul truck drivers in Texas suffer many different types of on-the-job injuries that can keep them away from their rigs for substantial periods. A significant percentage of problems involve injuries to the arms, neck and back. Why do these problems occur so frequently?
Cause and effect produce repetitive injuries
Many truck drivers must perform repetitive tasks that result in workers’ compensation claims. These situations often become exacerbated as truckers frequently sit in the same position in their cabs for hours on end. Tasks that can strain shoulder muscles include entering the cab, cranking and lifting. Furthermore, the vibrations that occur during driving, coupled with inactivity, can make repetitive stress injuries worse. Performing required activities are hours of doing nothing can make potential injuries worse.
What truckers can do to protect themselves
Fortunately, much data is available to educate truckers on how to prevent repetitive injuries. Among the ways to prevent work-related injuries include:
- Getting enough rest while on the road
- Stretching before getting in and after getting out of the cab
- Learning proper cranking techniques
- Using carts and forklifts when loading and unloading cargo
- Taking frequent breaks from driving to help your limbs recover
- Using core and leg strength whenever possible instead of your shoulders
What if I still suffer injuries after taking precautions?
Even if you have an employer that is responsive to your conditions, work-related injuries can still occur. If you suffer an injury while working, you have a right to file for workers’ compensation under Texas law because this plan is no-fault insurance. Your employer’s insurance company should pay you for your claims, but unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes, employer-sponsored plans will try to pin the blame on you or otherwise disallow your claim.
All injuries and accidents incurred while performing your job should be covered under workers’ compensation insurance. If your company or its insurance provider refuses to pay for your treatment, you may have recourse to get the necessary funds. You may be able to file a compensation claim in court to receive the funds you need to complete treatment successfully.