Job Injury Attorney Serving the Birmingham Area
Truck drivers spend more time on the road than most other people do. As a result, their chances of becoming involved in an accident are much higher. The workers’ compensation system is designed to provide benefits to employees who suffer injuries during the course and scope of their employment. This applies to a wide variety of truck drivers, including long-haul drivers, UPS and FedEx deliverers, taxi and shuttle drivers, construction and landscaping crews, dump truck drivers, and heavy equipment operators. If you have been injured while operating a truck on the job, you may be entitled to benefits. At Ingram Law LLC, Birmingham workers’ compensation lawyer Joe Ingram has assisted many injured employees with collecting evidence, filing their claim, and negotiating with insurance companies.
Pursuing Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Alabama
The workers’ compensation system provides benefits for injured employees regardless of fault and in a wide variety of circumstances. If you were harmed in a vehicle accident, while loading or unloading the truck, or while climbing in or out of the vehicle, your injuries are compensable. The first thing you must do to pursue benefits is file a claim with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer. Next, the insurance company will likely request that you undergo a medical examination to determine the nature and extent of your injuries. Under Code of Alabama, 1975 §25-5-77(b), this is referred to as an independent medical examination, or IME. The doctor conducting the IME must be a physician who has not previously treated the employee for the same complaint and who is not the employee’s family physician.
During the exam, the IME doctor will determine whether your injury is total or partial and whether it is temporary or permanent. The examination will also involve questions regarding your prior medical history and any other medical conditions that you may have. The physician will then determine the appropriate course of treatment for the injured employee.
The amount of benefits that you may receive depends on the nature and scope of your injury. The benefits payments will cover medical expenses as well as any missed wages associated with the injury. Depending on the type of injury suffered, a truck driver may be required to forgo getting behind the wheel until he or she has recovered. An employee who suffered an injury that is partial and temporary will receive a lesser level of benefits than an employee whose injury is total and permanent. In the latter case, the employee may be entitled not only to workers’ compensation but also to disability benefits.
In the event your workers’ compensation claim is denied, you can file an appeal to challenge the determination. There are certain time limits that apply to bringing an appeal, so it is important to act quickly.
Discuss Your Workers’ Compensation Claim with a Birmingham Lawyer
If you have suffered injuries while operating a truck during the course and scope of your employment, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. At Ingram Law LLC, we understand the distinctive circumstances associated with truck accidents and know how important it is to obtain a fair and accurate IME. Birmingham workers’ compensation attorney Joe Ingram can ensure that your rights are asserted at each step of the way. He represents people throughout Alabama, including in Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville, Florence, Canton, Scottsboro, Anniston, Ashville, and Alabaster, as well as other communities in Jefferson, Calhoun, Chilton, Jackson, Lauderdale, Madison, Mobile, Montgomery, Saint Clair, and Shelby Counties. Call us at 205-335-2640 or contact us online to set up a consultation. Ingram Law LLC also can assist people who need a criminal defense attorney or representation in a divorce proceeding, an appellate matter, or a collections dispute.