Delivery truck drivers pick up, transport, and drop off packages and small shipments within a city or region. A delivery driver has a physically demanding job with one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations. Delivery drivers do a lot of lifting, carrying and walking. Driving in congested traffic or adhering to strict delivery timelines can also be stressful. Anyone in a job that requires driving runs the risk of injury in a motor vehicle accident.
If a delivery driver is injured while on the job in South Carolina, he or she may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including payment of all medical care and partial replacement of lost wages. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for an employer to try to deny an injured delivery driver’s workers’ comp claim. Most workers have little understanding of the S.C. workers’ compensation system and their rights if an employer disputes a workers’ comp claim.
For more than 50 years, the workers’ compensation attorneys at Joye Law Firm have helped injured workers in South Carolina obtain the benefits available to them by law. From our offices in Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Clinton, our attorneys have helped delivery drivers and other workers across South Carolina seek full benefits to move forward with their lives after suffering serious injuries on the job.
If you or a loved one has been injured while working as a delivery driver in South Carolina, contact Joye Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation to understand your rights regarding claiming workers’ compensation benefits for you. There is no obligation for you. If our attorneys handle your workers’ comp benefit claim, we do not receive a legal fee unless you get paid. Phone 877-941-1019 to learn more now.
Delivery Drivers Face Multiple Injury Risks
Driving a delivery truck or van is a multi-faceted job. It involves driving duties, handling packages and interacting with the public. Delivery drivers prepare associated delivery records and receipts and are responsible for keeping their vehicles and associated equipment in good working order.
Most delivery drivers work from instructions for specific delivery destinations and deadlines. Other drivers have regular delivery schedules and routes. Delivery drivers are often responsible for loading materials they are to deliver.
Making deliveries on time requires working in all types of weather, including rain, ice, snow and extreme summer heat. Delivery drivers who have regular routes sometimes begin work very early in the morning or work late at night.
Accidents that commonly lead to delivery driver injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents. Delivery drivers may be involved in accidents through their own errors or because of other drivers’ negligence. Among the most frequent motor vehicle accidents are rear-end collisions (the most common cause of whiplash neck injuries) and broadside and sideswipe accidents during turns at intersections. A delivery driver also may be struck by a passing vehicle while outside of their truck delivering a package.
- Slip and fall accidents. Falls are the most frequent cause of workplace injuries. A delivery driver can slip or trip and fall at any time and be injured. Delivery drivers may fall while stepping down from a truck or due to losing control of an unwieldy object. Falls may lead to broken legs or arm, head injuries, back injuries, or other serious harm.
- Overexertion and repetitive stress. A delivery driver who must lift, carry, and place objects or materials as part of deliveries may overexert himself or herself and injure muscles, ligaments, tendons and/or other soft tissue. Overexertion injuries may occur in a single incident or because of cumulative damage from repetitive movements. Back and knee injuries caused by heavy lifting are common among all manual laborers.
- Dog bites. A delivery driver attacked by a dog may suffer physical and emotional injury. Dog bites can leave deep cuts that tear through skin and muscle and require surgery to repair. Individuals attacked by dogs are knocked down and suffer fall injuries. The terror of a dog mauling can create psychological trauma, which may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dog bites may transmit infectious diseases, such as rabies and tetanus.
- Inclement weather exposure. Delivery drivers work in hot, cold, and inclement weather and may suffer heat stress, heat exhaustion and other forms of hyperthermia (elevated body temperature) or cold-stress, frostbite and other forms of hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature).
- Infectious disease transmission. Delivery drivers may come into contact with customers who are ill and transmit disease to them. In 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an alert advising employers to help protect package delivery workers from exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
A delivery driver who has suffered a work-related injury or illness in South Carolina may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. An injury or illness is considered work-related if it occurred in the course of the driver performing assigned job duties.