Los Angeles Truck Driver Accident Attorney

Working as a commercial truck driver puts one at risk of being involved in an accident that could potentially result in serious injuries. If you’re a truck driver in California who has been harmed in an accident while on the clock, California’s workers’ compensation laws ensure you have means of pursuing financial compensation for your medical bills and other such losses.

Unfortunately, when you initially file a claim to recover workers’ compensation benefits, you may learn a harsh truth: workers’ compensation insurance companies are profit-driven businesses. Their goal is not to offer you the full amount of compensation you deserve. Their goal is to lose as little money as possible in these circumstances.

Thus, an insurance company might look for reasons to deny your claim entirely. Your employer may also wish for your claim to be denied so that they can avoid high insurance premiums.

If your claim can’t be denied, an insurer is still unlikely to offer a genuinely fair settlement. It’s more likely an insurer will attempt to convince you to settle for less than your claim is really worth.

Whether you’re planning on filing a claim and want to be certain you have proper representation or you’ve already filed a claim and it has been denied when you believe it should not have been, our Los Angeles truck driver accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach are here to help.

LOS ANGELES TRUCK DRIVER ACCIDENTS: COMMON INJURIES

Data from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) indicates the following are the most common types of injuries truck drivers sustain when they are involved in accidents:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Bruises
  • Fractures
  • Cuts and/or lacerations
  • Multiple traumatic injuries
  • General pain

Naturally, truck drivers may sustain these types of injuries as a result of on-the-job motor vehicle accidents. That said, a trucker does not necessarily have to be operating their vehicle to be involved in an accident that can leave them with serious injuries.

For example, when loading or unloading a truck, a truck driver may be struck by falling heavy items. They might also fall to the ground themselves if they are working in unsafe conditions.

Under California law, a trucker’s employer is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Thus, as long as a truck driver’s injuries resulted from an accident that happened when they were operating as an employee, they can file a claim to recover workers’ compensation benefits.

They do not need to prove that their accident resulted from another party’s negligence to demonstrate that they are eligible for compensation. However, along with negotiating with the insurance company for a fair settlement, a qualified Los Angeles truck driver accident attorney can also investigate a case to determine if an accident was actually caused by a negligent party. A truck driver might be able to recover additional compensation by filing a separate third-party claim or lawsuit if their accident happened because someone else was careless.

CONTACT A LOS ANGELES TRUCK DRIVER ACCIDENT ATTORNEY TODAY

At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, you will find a team of Los Angeles truck driver accident lawyers with the means, experience, and dedication necessary to optimize your chances of recovering the full amount of compensation you may deserve. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us online today or calling us at 818-609-7005 to schedule a consultation.

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