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What Happens If I Can't Return to Trucking?

Truckers who cannot return to their usual and customary employment face a potentially devastating loss of income. Among the benefits that might be available through workers' compensation are those listed below:

  1. LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY Loss of earning capacity attempts to measure the difference between the injured trucker's earning capacity before and after his/her injury. For example, a trucker who was making a pre-injury wage of $750.00 a week, but because of a physical restriction from a work injury can now only make $375.00 a week, might be entitled to a 50% loss of earning capacity. This in turn could be translated into a monetary entitlement using the applicable statute. A loss of earning capacity entitlement may be available even if the trucker is able to return to over-the-road driving. Examples of this situation might include a situation where the injured trucker can no longer unload, or where the miles driven are reduced because of decreased tolerance to over-the-road driving because of an injury. An experienced attorney can guide you through this process to make sure you are properly compensated.
  2. VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION This involves a period of vocational rehabilitation and/or formalized retraining or education following a disability. For example, some situations might call for a period of formal education following a work injury. Under this statutory scheme, truckers would be able to collect their weekly benefits and have their books and tuition paid for while they are in school. Other forms of vocational rehabilitation include on-the-job training, where the trucker might be taught a new profession while receiving weekly benefits.
  3. "PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT" PAYMENTS FOR SCHEDULED MEMBER INJURIES Certain type of " " injuries, such as those to the arms, legs or hands, are compensated based upon an impairment rating.