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UPS workers have a tough job. They must face busy, unfriendly streets on a daily basis, and lift, push, pull, and maneuver large packages as well. Workers’ compensations claims are understandably common for these hardworking employees.
Unfortunately, UPS is notoriously hard on their employees, especially when it comes to workers’ compensation. They may try to deny employee’s claims, particularly by arguing the injures are not work related or are not as bad as the worker has made them out to be.
Schibell & Mennie, LLC Can Help UPS Workers in New Jersey
UPS workers do not do well after lifting restrictions are imposed, so an employer may be more likely to try to terminate an employee after a workers’ compensation claim. This adds a whole different level of legal problems for the employee.
Thankfully, the workers’ compensation team at Schibell & Mennie, LLC has vast experienced dealing with UPS worker claims. We can help you deal with your difficult employer when you are vulnerable. Let us help you to fight back when you aren’t sure where to turn.
Work Dangers that Are Specific to UPS Workers
Millions of car accidents occur every day, and a good portion of those accidents involve commercial vehicles like delivery trucks. UPS workers must constantly stop their vehicles to make deliveries, and this often requires workers to park their vehicles in less than ideal locations.
This can be dangerous for other vehicles, but it can also be dangerous for the UPS worker as he or she drives or gets out of the truck to make deliveries.
UPS workers also have to deal with large packages on a daily basis. Most UPS delivery positions require that their workers lift overhead up to 70 pounds.
Doing this repeatedly can place a serious strain on your body. It is not uncommon to see a situation where a worker has been doing this same motion for years until his or her body simply gives out.
Workers’ compensation covers both types of injuries: those that happen very suddenly and those that are the result of repetitive stress over time. UPS workers are potentially exposed to both types of injuries.
Other Causes of Work Injuries for Delivery Drivers
Delivery drivers like UPS and FedEx workers also face some other unique hazards that can cause injuries.
- Repetitive injuries from sitting in a truck too long, resulting in gradual but debilitating injuries
- Overuse of the back, shoulders, and arms while lifting or moving deliveries
- Moving freight, tightening loads, and unloading materials
- Hazardous walking spaces that often lead to injury (up and down the truck)
- Forced hazardous driving to meet deadlines or follow a specifically mandated route
- Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents
Life-Changing Injuries that Some UPS Workers May Experience
Common injuries that result from these types of situations affect:
- The back or spine
- Hands, feet, arms, and legs
- Head trauma
- Muscle strains and tears
These types of injuries are often significantly debilitating and can force a worker out of their chosen profession. You may have to try to find a new job that is not as physically demanding as a result of your injury. Injured workers may even have to learn a new trade or skill to become employable in the future.
Thankfully, workers’ compensation benefits take these significant life changes into account when benefits are awarded. Medical bills can easily pile on, and not being able to work definitely compounds the problem.
Talk to a Knowledgeable UPS Workers Attorney New Jersey
The skilled attorneys at Schibell & Mennie, LLC frequently deal with delivery companies like UPS. We know how they handle their claims and which approaches work for our clients.
Call 732-774-1000 if you or a loved one has been injured at work. We can help every type of employee – from UPS workers to those who work in an office. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation.
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