Posted On: July 31, 2010

Female Trucker Injures Legs During Illinois Work Accident

A female trucker sustained serious leg injuries when 1000 pounds in steel fuel pipes fell on her. The Illinois work accident took place on July 23 at the Barnes Pipe and Steel Co. At the time, she was helping unload them from the truck.

One of the her legs was crushed during the work accident. The other leg sustained serious injuries. It took rescue workers about 45 minutes to get her out. She was flown to the hospital.

Truck Driver Injuries
Driving a commercial truck is arduous, physical work. The hours spent behind the steering wheel can lead to back and neck injuries. There are also the injuries a trucker can suffer when involved in a Chicago truck accident. Poor diet, lack of sleep, the stress of having to meet delivery deadlines, lack of exercise, having to stay in a seated position for hours at a time, body clocks that must cater to the rhythms of the job, and driver fatigue, increase the chances of illness and injury. Musculoskeletal disorders, chronic illnesses, carpal tunnel syndrome, and upper extremity injuries have been known to happen.

With their heavy cargo, truckers also risk injuries when loading and unloading their trucks. Slip and fall accidents and trip and fall accidents are not uncommon. Truck drivers also risk exposure to the hazardous substances they are carrying in the event that a Chicago truck collision triggers a cargo leak.

It is important that you file your Illinois workers' compensation claim as soon as possible.

Woman injured by falling steel pipes at industrial site in Dupo, BND, July 24, 2010

Commercial Truck Driver Health and Safety- Preventing Injury and Illness,

Related Web Resources:
Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2008, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Long Haul Truck Drivers at Risk of Suffering from Upper Extremity Injuries and Back Pain, ChicagoWorkersCompensationLawyer, July 1, 2010

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Posted On: July 30, 2010

Mount Carroll Illinois Work Accident Deaths in Grain Bin Were Preventable, Says OSHA

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an Illinois grain bin accident that killed two teenagers and injured a third was preventable. The teens that died are 14-year-old Wyatt Whitebread and 19-year-old Alejandro Pacas. A third worker, 20-year-old William Piper, is at a Rockford hospital.

The Illinois work accident happened on Wednesday morning in a bin belonging to Haasbach LLC. Rescuers had to cut holes in the bin’s sides and drain thousands of pounds of corn to retrieve the victims. The rescue operation took about 12 hours and more than 2 dozen firefighters.

According to a preliminary investigation, the three workers were not using safety harnesses or life lines at the time of the incident. Also, at age 14, Wyatt was under the legal age limit allowed for who can work in a grain bin.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation
Although employers are supposed to follow regulations and do what is necessary to keep workers safe, this isn’t always the case and even when it is, work accidents can happen. OSHA statistics report that from 1998 to 2008 there were 16 Illinois grain bin accidents.

Workers injured in grain bin accidents should file an Illinois workers’ compensation claim as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter whether or not anyone was at fault. State law requires that employers provide workers with work accident benefits. An experienced Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer can help you determine how much you should receive. In the event of a dispute with your employer’s insurer as to whether or not your injuries are work-related enough to warrant benefits, your Illinois workers’ compensation attorney can represent you and aggressively advocate on your behalf.

Mount Carroll in shock over grain bin deaths, Quad-City Times, July 29, 2010

OSHA: 2 Illinois grain bin deaths were preventable, AP/Google, July 28, 2010

Grain bin accidents happen quickly, SoutheastFarmPress, November 6, 2002

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Industrial Commission

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Grain Bin Safety, University of Illinois Extension

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Posted On: July 27, 2010

Ex-Motorola Workers’ Cook County Injury Lawsuit Claims Their Children’s Birth Defects were Caused by Toxic Substances Used to Make Products

71 plaintiffs have filed a Cook County, Illinois injury lawsuit seeking damages from former employer Motorola for their children’s birth defects. They are claiming that because they worked with toxic substances during the manufacture of certain Motorola products, their children were born with serious defects.

The former employees contend that the Schaumburg-based company knew that the chemicals used to manufacture computer chips and semiconductors were toxic and could cause people who were exposed to them to have babies with birth defects. The children of the plaintiffs are suffering from different conditions, including spina bifida, cerebral palsy, brain malformations, autism, sterility, skeletal deformities, and physical deformities. Two of the children were missing an ear when they were born. Some of the workers’ kids are now adults.

The children’s parents worked at different Motorola facilities between 1965 and 2007. The plaintiffs are accusing the defendant of knowing (or if not, then they should have known) that reproductive harm was a possible side effect of working with the dangerous substances. They also contend that the company did not provide protective gear for them when they were in what were supposed to be sterile “clean rooms” that ended up circulating the allegedly toxic substances through the air.

The plaintiffs say that in 1986, there was already a study by Johns Hopkins University and IBM that reported that solvents, chemicals, metals, and other compounds can have a dangerous effect on reproduction. Different chemical manufacturers, occupational safety institutes, and trade associations had also warned that working with or around certain products may prove harmful. The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages from Motorola.

Employers are supposed to take all necessary steps to protect workers from injury or death while they are doing their jobs. That said, regardless of who was at fault, workers are usually entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation. Even if you are no longer working for your employer, there still may be legal options that you can pursue if you later discover that your injuries or illness occurred because of your former job. If you believe that your child or another family was injured because they were exposed through hazardous substances through you because of your job, you and/or their may have grounds for Cook County personal injury recovery.

Ex-workers' lawsuit blames Motorola for birth defects, News-Sun, July 25, 2010

Ex-workers sue Motorola over kids’ birth defects, Chicago Breaking News, July 26, 2010

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Toxic and Hazardous Substances, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Corporate Responsibility, Motorola

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Posted On: July 24, 2010

NIOSH Says Young Workers Have Higher Risk of Injury on the Job

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has issued a new report stating that young workers, ages 15 – 24, are twice as likely to sustain nonfatal injuries on the job. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the agency summarized its findings based on an examination of work injuries involving young people that occurred between 1998 and 2007.

While there was a 19% drop in the nonfatal injury rate for young people, almost 8 million young workers still received medical care for their work injuries. Workers in the 18-19 age group had the highest nonfatal injury rate of all. 5,719 young employees died from their work injuries.

Other findings from the report:
• Events involving contact with objects or equipment were the ones that most often resulted in work injuries for young workers.
• Young workers had a twofold greater fatally rate than their older counterparts.
• Young Hispanic workers had a higher fatality rate than their Black and White counterpart.
• Most fatal work injuries involving young employees occurred in the areas of construction, service, agriculture, wholesale and retail trade, and industry.

Chicago, Illinois Workers Compensation

Cook County employers have a responsibility to make sure that workers, both young and old, are trained to do their jobs properly and safely. Employees must also be given the proper protective gear and clothing.

NIOSH: Injury Rate Among Young Workers Significantly Higher, Risk and Insurance, July 8, 2010

NIOSH Alert: Preventing Deaths, Injuries and Illnesses of Young Workers, CDC

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Workers' Compensation Act

ASSE: Teens More Likely to Be Injured, AHS Today, June 29, 2007

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Posted On: July 22, 2010

Employee Organization Leaders Go to Capitol Hill to Advocate for Federal Workers’ Compensation

This week, leaders from a number of employee organization attended a hearing on Capitol Hill to discuss work injury benefits for federal workers that get hurt or sick because of their jobs. The hearing took place just two days after President Obama unveiled his POWER Initiative, which stands for Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment. The program is geared toward decreasing federal workers’ injuries on the job, which will hopefully decrease the amount of time an injured employee must take off from work. Increasing the timely filing of work injury claims and wage-loss claims are two of the plan's other goals. Mr. Obama noted that with over $1.6 billion in workers’ compensation payments made during fiscal 2009 and over 79,000 work injury claims, there is definitely more that can be done to improve workplace health and safety.

During the hearing, a few employee injury cases were recounted that further highlighted the need to improve not just worker safety but the process that is supposed to provide them with federal workers’ compensation in the event of illness or injury on the job. The Washington Post recounts a number of these, including the cases involving:

• A postal inspector who became ill from anthrax-contaminated mail in 2001. He was initially denied workers’ compensation. He eventually started receiving benefits, but not before his medical care was interrupted and his credit was destroyed.

• A secret service agent hurt his shoulders, neck, and back when he ran into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 to rescue people who were still inside. Not only did the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs lose his file, but also he was blamed for unpaid medical bills.

Chicago Workers’ Compensation
Our Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation law firm represent government employees with work injury claims against their state, city, or federal employer. You shouldn’t have to be left to your own devices as you struggle to pay for medical bills and other costs incurred because you were injured or fell ill on the job.

Getting compensation shouldn't be so hard for federal workers hurt on the job, The Washington Post, July 22, 2010

The Presidential POWER Initiative: Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment, The White House, July 19, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Workers' Compensation, Justia

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Posted On: July 21, 2010

Employee Seeking Additional Illinois Work Injury Benefits from National Maintenance and Repair

National Maintenance and Repair has been paying Robert Vandygriff Illinois workers’ compensation benefits for injuries he sustained on the job. However, the worker believes that he should receive additional benefits. Vandygriff is seeking unspecified damages, pre-judgment, costs, and other relief.

Vandygriff sustained facial lacerations, a closed head injury, back injuries, and a neck injury after he was struck on the head by a large metal ball attached to a crane. The Illinois work accident took place on Barge BB-1, which is owned by his employer.

Vandygriff claims that in addition to sustaining permanent injuries, he also lost wages, suffered a diminished earning capacity, incurred medical costs, experienced pain and suffering, and sustained disability. Although his employer is covering his medical expense related to his work injuries, as well as other interim benefits, Vandygriff believes that he should be getting at least $45 daily in maintenance.

He is accusing his employer of causing his work injuries, failing to provide its workers with the proper training, neglecting to properly inspect the work area, and not providing adequate supervision and equipment.

Closed Head Injuries
A closed head injury can occur when a person is struck hard on the head. This causes the brain to hit against the skull even though no foreign object has penetrated the brain. A closed head injury can lead to loss of consciousness, headaches, respiratory problems, language difficulties, speech issues, vision problems, behavioral changes, emotional changes, and other serious effects. In some cases, a closed head injury can lead to coma or even death.

Worker struck by metal ball on head seeks benefits, The Record, July 21, 2010

Head Injury, Emedinehealth

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Posted On: July 16, 2010

Two Former Chicago Bears Football Players Awarded Illinois Workers’ Compensation Settlements

Gabe Reid and Mike Brown, to ex-Chicago Bear, have received Illinois workers' compensation settlements for injuries they sustained while playing for the team. Reid’s $325,000 settlement is the largest Illinois workers’ compensation settlement that has been awarded to a professional athlete.

His work injury settlement is for a right knee injury that he sustained while playing for the Chicago Bears from 2003 to 2006. The 33-year-old is an unrestricted free agent.

Meantime, ex-Bears All-Pro safety Mike Brown was awarded $140,000 in Illinois workers’ compensation for foot and leg injuries that he sustained while playing for the team. His injuries have included a calf injury, a torn tendon, and a torn Lisfranc ligament. He too is now a free agent.

Professional football can be a dangerous sport, with workers suffering serious injuries, including broken bones, knee injuries, traumatic brain injuries, hamstring injuries, leg injuries, ankle injuries, hip injuries, chest injuries, shoulder injuries, internal injuries, wrist injuries, Achilles’ injuries, and other serious and painful injuries.

To fans, NFL football is a fun and exciting game to watch. However, for the players, professional football is a real job and the seriousness of the injuries that can be sustained have real consequences that can even end careers, seriously hurting not just the injured player’s body but also his/her main source of income. Like all employees that are injured during a work accident, NFL players should file their Illinois workers’ compensation benefits for these injuries as soon as possible.

Record injury settlement for ex-Bears TE Reid, Chicago Breaking News, July 15, 2010

Ex-Bears TE sets Illinois workers' comp record with settlement, National Football Post, July 15, 2010

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Teams Dispute Workers’ Comp Rights, NY Times, April 6, 2010

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Posted On: July 15, 2010

Switchman Files Illinois Railroad Worker Injury Lawsuit Over Hearing Loss

Railroad worker Denny Sipes is suing The Alton and Southern Railway Company for the hearing loss he says that he sustained from working as a yard worker and a switchman for the defendant. He is seeking over $50,000 plus costs for his Illinois railroad worker injuries.

Sipes has been working for the railroad company since 1994. He is contending that because his workplace is unsafe, he has incurred specific injuries, including Inner ear injuries, eardrum damage, injuries to the nerve endings in his head, tympanic membrane injuries, tinnitus, emotional trauma, and psychological harm. He also says that he experienced suffering, pain, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental anguish and pain.

The railroad worker says that his injuries occurred because the railroad company required that he be exposed to numerous noises, such as moving and idling locomotives. SIpes contends that the defendant did not give him the proper hearing protection, did not sound protect its engines, did not modify the position of whistles and horns on its engines, and neglected to abide by Federal Railroad Administration and OSHA regulations regarding noise level limits and mandatory noise monitoring.

Railroad Workers and Hearing Loss
Because railroad workers must often work in environments under loud noise levels (that sometimes even exceeding the noise level standard) for extended periods of time), they are at risk of suffering from permanent or temporary hearing loss. Railroad employees must abide by the standards mandated by federal law that are designed to protect railroad workers from suffering hearing damage, which can be caused by excessive noise from locomotives, compressors, railroad explosions, and other loud sounds.

Hearing loss can impede a person’s a ability to live his/her normal life and the medical services necessary to train someone to live with this disability and/or hopefully recover can be very costly. If you believe that your work contributed to causing your hearing loss, you may have grounds for filing a Chicago railroad worker injury lawsuit.

Alton and Southern blamed for worker's hearing loss, The Record, July 14, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Noise and Hearing Conservation Standards, United States Department of Labor

Federal Railroad Administration

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Posted On: July 14, 2010

$6.25 M Chicago Construction Accident Settlement for Injured Roofer

Roofer Luis Vasquez has received a $6.25 million Chicago, Illinois construction accident settlement for serious injuries he sustained on March 8, 2004. Vasquez was a roofer for Knickerbocker Roofing and Paving Co. when he fell some 20-feeet through a roof of a Metra-owned premise to land on the concrete floor. A waver of the $560,000 lIlinois workers’ compensation lien was included in the settlement.

The defendants in the case include Walsh Construction Company, the general contractor for the construction project, Metra, and Consoer Townsend Environdyne and Cotter Consulting, a contractor on the project.

Roofer Injuries
Roofers risk serious injuries when doing their job. Chicago slip and fall accidents, fall accidents from elevated heights, falling objects and debris, falls through skylights and unstable floors, and roof collapses are just a few of the hazards faced by roofers. According a University of Florida study from 2000, almost 88% of roofing accidents require hospitalization or end in death. Broken bones, traumatic injuries, and spinal cord injuries can be very painful and costly for the victim and his/her family. A worker with such catastrophic injuries may become disabled for life and no longer be able to earn a living to support the family.

With so many parties normally taking part in a construction project, it can be difficult to determine who should be held liable for your Chicago, Illinois construction accident injuries. Your employer should pay you your Illinois workers’ compensation benefits, and an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation law firm can make sure you are getting all the work injury benefits that you are owed. However, there may be contractors, sub-contractors, architects, insurers, manufacturers of faulty equipment, engineers, and/or other parties who also should compensate you for your injuries.

$6.25 Million Dollar Settlement Paid by Insurers for 57 Year Old Roofer Injured at a Walsh,, July 14, 2010

UF Study: Lax Safety Causes More Home-Building Deaths And Injuries, University of Florida, December 18, 2000

Related Web Resources:
Construction Safety, CDC

Illinois Workers' Compensation Act (PDF)

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Posted On: July 6, 2010

Worker Dies in Chicago, Illinois Industrial Accident at Berlin Industries

A worker who was crushed by a paper roll during a Chicago industrial accident at Berlin Industries, which is located in the Carol Stream suburb, has died. Jorge Espinosa sustained fatal injuries early on the morning of June 26, 2010 when more than 100 pounds of paper crushed him while his shoulders and head got caught in a suction bailer.

Local firefighters and paramedics arrived at the plant but by then Espinosa did not have any vital signs. He was pronounced dead, but because of the large volumes of paper around him, the process of extracting him took about two hours. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the fatal work accident.

Crush Injuries
Crush injuries can prove catastrophic. They can lead to crushed bones, internal injuries, rhabdomyolysis (which involves ruptured muscles that can release myoglobin into the body), kidney failure, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and death. Crush injuries can disable a person for life. Machinery accidents, falling debris, equipment malfunctions, safety violations, and inadequate safety equipment and gear are some reasons why Chicago crush accidents can happen on the job.

A worker injured on the job should be able to receive their Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation benefits from his/her employer. Surviving family members of a worker that died can file a Chicago survivors’ benefits claim.

Carol Stream IL Industrial Accident: Berlin Industries worker crushed by paper, New York Injury News, July 2, 2010

Crush injuries can be deceptively dangerous, CNN, January 21, 2010

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United States Department of Labor


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Posted On: July 5, 2010

Illinois Construction Accident Death Leads to $28,000 in OSHA Fines

The Occupational Safety And Health Administration says that Stark Excavating of Bloomington should pay $28,000 in fines for several safety violations that contributed to the Illinois construction accident death of Stephen White. The 57-year-old Bloomington man suffered fatal injuries when part of a 43-year-old sandstone column fell on the excavator he was operating. The portion of the column that crushed the cab weighed 18,000 pounds. Autopsy results found that he died from a hemorrhage caused by the serious trauma that his lower body sustained.

White was working at a site on Illinois State University when the work accident happened. OSHA says that the Bloomington company did not conduct an engineering study to ensure that the work would be safe and used straps that were unable to support the heavy stone pieces.

Construction Accidents
A construction site is one of the most dangerous type of Illinois workplaces. Construction workers place themselves at risk of injury on a daily basis by merely doing their jobs. It is important that employees and others involved in a construction project exercise the necessary safety precautions to prevent Chicago, Illinois construction accidents from happening. That said, a construction company doesn’t have to be at fault for a worker to be entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits. It is important that you file your claim as soon as possible after the work accident.

An experienced Chicago, Illinois construction accident law firm can also help you determine whether there are third parties that you can sue for Chicago personal injury. Due to the severity of many construction accidents, an injured worker may no longer be able to work. There is no reason why you shouldn’t receive all of the Illinois injury compensation that you are owed in addition to your Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation benefits.

OSHA fines central Ill. firm in worker's death,, June 29, 2010

Worker killed by collapsed column at Illinois State University, JusticeNewsFlash, December 29, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Excavator Operator Killed During Construction Accident at Illinois State University Campus, ChicagoWorkersCompensationLawyerBlog, December 30, 2009

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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Posted On: July 4, 2010

Recent Construction Accident Accidents Result in Fatalities

A construction worker who got hurt on Thursday when he was hit on the head during a work accident has died. 51-year-old Larry L. Reisner was working at the site of a new middle school when a brace that was supporting a cast concrete wall hit him. He passed away on Saturday morning.

Reisner is not the only worker to recently die from injuries sustained during a construction accident. On June 28, Philip Soukup, an ABBCO worker, died from his fatal injuries after he was pinned under a soil compactor. Co-workers say that the 35-year-old was operating the compactor when one of its wheels slipped down an embankment. The heavy machinery rolled, throwing Soukup and trapping him underneath.

Workers were able to use a tractor with a backhoe to pull the compactor off him. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the fatal construction accident.

On June 24, another two construction workers were killed and two others were injured when a concrete pumping truck fell on top of them at a park-and-ride transit site that was under construction. According to the county’s transportation authority spokesperson, the industrial accident occurred because of “equipment failure.”

Construction employees’ families may not be able to sue the employer for wrongful death, but they should be able to receive Illinois workers’ compensation survivors benefits. They also may be able to file third party lawsuits against other parties involved on the work project, the manufacturer of machinery that was defective or malfunctioned, and other liable parties.

Oelwein man dies from construction accident, WCF Courier, July 4, 2010

Co-Worker Talks About Horrific Accident, ABC News, KAALTV, June 29, 2010

2 killed, 2 injured in Lewisville construction accident, Star-Telegram, June 24, 2010

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Construction Accidents, OSHA

Construction Accidents, Justia

Workers' Compensation, Cornell Law School

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Posted On: July 3, 2010

Railroad Trackman Sues Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad for Work Injuries

A track repairman is suing Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad for his Illinois railroad worker injuries. Ashby Leaf is seeking over $150,000 plus costs and other relief.

Leaf, who worked throughout the state for the railroad company, says that his ex-employer’s job requirements were so arduous that he developed neck, spine, and lower and upper extremity injuries. Leaf also claims that in April 2009 he experienced discomfort and pain in his neck after he used extensive force to set a defective hand brake. The incident caused him to sustain cervical disc pathology and disk rupture, as well as experience mental anguish, pain, and nervousness.

Leaf contends that his job exposed him on a daily basis to prolonged kneeling, lifting, squatting, climbing, crawling, pushing, pulling, awkward back positions, unsafe work methods, and unsafe ergonomic designs, as well as made him susceptible to re-injury and the injuries acceleration, aggravation, and exacerbation. He says that Illinois Central Railroad was negligent when it failed to provide him with safe and necessary equipment, a safe workplace, sufficient manpower, sufficient mechanical assistance and the proper supervision. He also claims that his former employer allowed dangerous practices to become the norm, ordered him to perform tasks that exceeded his physical abilities, and assigned him responsibilities that it knew would aggravate his condition.

Railroad workers injured on the job can sue their employers for their injuries. Under the Federal Employee Liability Act, you can obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering. It is important to remember that not all railroad injuries happen in the instant. Some of them develop over time during the course of doing the job.

Railroad trackman claims job requirements were so strenuous, Madison Record, July 1, 2007

Related Web Resources:
Injured Railway Workers: Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA), Justia

Liability of common carriers by railroad, in interstate or foreign commerce, for injuries to employees from negligence; employee defined, Cornell University Law School

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Posted On: July 1, 2010

Long Haul Truck Drivers at Risk of Suffering from Upper Extremity Injuries and Back Pain

Long haul truck drivers can get hurt not just during truck accidents but they are also at risk of suffering from upper extremity injuries and lower back pain due to the nature of the job. Unfortunately, because the job requires that a truck driver spend long periods of time on the road, many injured truckers do not receive the medical attention that they need.

Common upper extremity injuries included arm and hand tingling, scapula shoulder pain, lateral epicondylitis, humeral head and supraspinatus rotator cuff damage, medial epicondylitis, impact trauma to the shoulder, repetitive-stress injuries, and postural-related injuries. Causes of the most prevalent upper extremity injuries include:

• Having to raise and lower heavy truck hoods.
• Pulling the fifth wheel pin.
• Slip accidents while getting out of the truck and grabbing the handle bar.
• Sleeping on one side of the body while in a bouncing truck.
• Lowering of the landing gear.
• Driving with one elbow leaning against the window frame.
• Unloading a truck.
• Resting one hand on the gearshift lever as it constantly vibrates.

As these tasks are part of a long haul trucker’s job, for most truck drivers is only a matter of time before upper extremity injuries develop. These injuries can cause physical and emotional suffering while making it impossible for the injured trucker to do his/her job.

Truckers are also at risk of suffering from lower back pain. Truck driving can cause the body to vibrate for long periods of time. All of the heavy lifting and bending to pick up cargo can also cause back strain. Driving for hours at a time, cranking up dolly wheels, putting on and taking off tarps and chains, and jumping down and into truck cabs can also cause back injuries. As an injured employee, you are likely entitled to Chicago workers’ compensation benefits.

Truck Drivers and Lower Back Pain, Suite 101, March 18, 2003

Upper Extremity Injuries in the Trucking Industry, Dynamic Chiropractic, June 14, 1999

Related Web Resources:
Back pain and sciatica - Risk Factors, University of Maryland Medical Center

Truck Driver Demographics and the Risk of Musculoskeletal Injuries, EHS Today, April 24, 2009

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