While most of the country depends on delivery drivers to receive goods they have purchased, the truth is that these workers face enormous risks each day they get behind the wheel. Delivery drivers work in unpredictable environments, and the team at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo is dedicated to helping those injured on the job. Our Orange County delivery driver workers’ compensation lawyers are ready to help if you are a delivery driver and have sustained an injury. In Orange County, delivery drivers for Amazon, FedEx, UPS, Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, and more all deserve to be protected.
How COVID-19 Has Changed Delivery Drivers Work Environment
COVID-19 has significantly changed the work landscape for most people in this country. However, delivery drivers have seen an increase in the amount of work they receive because they are bringing food, groceries, and all other online shopping items to people who are stuck indoors under stay-at-home orders.
This means the delivery drivers face an increased risk of contracting the dangerous coronavirus. Delivery drivers with COVID-19 may be entitled to workers’ compensation coverage if they contract the illness while performing their work duties.
The Risks Delivery Drivers Face
Delivery drivers face unpredictable work environments every day. Not only are these drivers responsible for picking up heavy boxes or cargo and putting it into their vehicle, but they also have to get the cargo back out of the vehicle and to the front door of the consumer. Lifting heavy cargo can lead to severe injuries, but delivery drivers also face an increased risk of slip and fall injuries when they are on another person’s property. Due to the nature of their job, delivery drivers are more prone to vehicle accidents than other workers.
It is not uncommon for delivery drivers to sustain the following injuries on the job:
Shoulder, neck, and back injuries
Severe knee injuries (torn meniscus, ACL, PLC, and MCL injuries)
Severe sprains and strains
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Broken and dislocated bones
Catastrophic injuries the brain or spinal cord
Why Do You Need an Attorney?
In the aftermath of sustaining a work injury, a delivery driver will likely not have the resources or legal experience necessary to defend their case if a claim is denied or delayed. An Orange County delivery driver workers’ compensation attorney will be responsible for conducting a thorough investigation into the incident.
If the employer insists that the delivery driver is an independent contractor and not an employee, this has significant implications when it comes to receiving workers’ compensation. Your work injury attorney will use California law to prove a worker should be classified as an employee in order to receive compensation.
Our Orange County Delivery Driver Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Help
If you or somebody you love is a delivery driver that has been injured on the job, you may need to seek legal assistance to secure the compensation you deserve. At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, we will investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to, which can include:
Coverage of all medical bills related to the work injury
Coverage of your income if you are unable to work
Loss of future earnings and earning potential
If your injury was caused by the negligence of a third party, you may be entitled to further compensation, including pain and suffering damages. When you need an Orange County delivery driver workers’ compensation lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling (714) 783-2205.