Recovering Compensation for Delivery Drivers Hurt on the Job
Delivery drivers operate vehicles to deliver packages, food and other important items to customers. This puts them at a unique risk of sustaining injuries from car accidents, weather conditions and other hazards. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. are dedicated to protecting and fighting for the rights of injured workers, including delivery drivers, throughout Pennsylvania.
Workers’ Compensation for Delivery Drivers
Pennsylvania employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for workers who are classified as employees. Those who are classified as independent contractors are not eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Independent contractors typically perform their duties free from direction and control and provide their own equipment to complete the job. Conversely, employees are typically under the direction and control of their employer and are provided with the necessary equipment to complete the job by their employer.
However, seasonal or part-time delivery drivers are generally covered under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act (“the Act”). The Department of Labor has made it clear that workers’ compensation is available to both seasonal and part-time workers as long as they are considered employees. If you believe you were misclassified as an independent contractor, a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. can help you determine your appropriate classification and recover all the benefits to which you are entitled.
It is important to note that workers in Pennsylvania may not be covered for car accidents that occurred while they were commuting to and from work, performing a personal task or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
What to Do if You Are Injured
If you are injured in an accident while on a delivery, notify the police as well as your employer immediately. Be sure to fill out the accident report as soon as possible so you can remember all the details from the accident. The notice to your employer should be in writing and given within 120 days, according to the Act. You should include the date of the accident along with other important details such as how the accident happened, what injuries you sustained and whether there were any witnesses.
If it is not an emergency, seek medical attention from a medical provider approved by your employer. After 90 days, you can seek treatment from a physician of your choice. You may be required to undergo an Independent Medical Examination (IME) which will determine when you may return to work. If results of the IME conflict with your own doctor’s determination, it is generally in your best interest to listen to your doctor and not return to work prematurely.
Finally, contact a qualified workers’ compensation attorney who can help ensure that your rights are protected. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. have more than 40 years of experience representing workers injured in all types of accidents and we can help you get medical, wage loss and other workers’ compensation benefits.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Assist Injured Delivery Drivers
If you were injured while performing your duties as a delivery driver, contact the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We can help explain your legal options and assist you in filing your claim. Our experienced attorneys proudly represent injured workers throughout Pennsylvania, including those in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County. For a free consultation, call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form.