Protecting Pennsylvania's Delivery Personnel: Common Injuries and Workers' Compensation Help

In the busy world of trade and transportation, Pennsylvania's delivery personnel, couriers, and messengers are out there ensuring packages, parcels, and messages reach their destinations swiftly. However, this important work comes with its risks, as highlighted by the 2022 Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Annual Report. The report revealed a concerning statistic: almost a third of reported injuries and illnesses occurred within the trade and transportation industry, with couriers and messengers facing some of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses.

Common Injuries and Illnesses Among Delivery Personnel in Pennsylvania

The nature of the job for delivery drivers, couriers, and messengers often involves navigating busy streets, lifting and carrying packages, and dealing with various weather conditions. These factors contribute to a range of common injuries and illnesses among these hardworking individuals:

• Musculoskeletal Injuries: Lifting heavy packages and repetitive movements can lead to strains, sprains, ligament & muscle tears, and even chronic conditions like tendinitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
• Slips, Trips, and Falls: Whether it's navigating uneven sidewalks or slippery surfaces, delivery personnel are at risk of falls that can result in injuries ranging from bruises and ligament & muscle tears to bone fractures and head & concussion injuries.
• Vehicle Accidents: Couriers and messengers who rely on bikes, scooters, or cars for deliveries face the dangers of traffic accidents, which can lead to severe injuries such as ligament & muscle tears, bone fractures, head trauma, or spinal cord injuries.
• Exposure to Weather Elements: From extreme heat to cold temperatures and rain, exposure-related illnesses like heat exhaustion, hypothermia, or even frostbite can affect those who spend long hours outdoors.
• Repetitive Stress Injuries: Constantly using handheld devices for communication or scanning packages can lead to repetitive stress injuries affecting the hands, wrists, arms, hips, knees, and ankles.

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How Dugan & Associates Can Help You If You’re Injured Performing Deliveries

At Dugan & Associates, we understand the challenges faced by delivery personnel, couriers, and messengers in Pennsylvania. When an injury or illness occurs on the job, navigating the workers' compensation process can add stress to an already difficult situation. Here's how our experienced team can assist:

• Navigating the Claims Process: Filing for workers' compensation can be complex, especially when you're focusing on recovery. Our firm can guide you through the process, ensuring all necessary paperwork is filed correctly and on time.
• Ensuring Fair Compensation: We fight to secure the maximum benefits you deserve, including coverage for medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and potential disability benefits.
• Appeals and Disputes: If your claim is denied or disputed by the insurance company, our attorneys will advocate for your rights. We can represent you in appeals hearings to make sure your case is fairly heard.
• Insurance Medical Exams (IMEs), Job Offers, & Medical Opinion Disputes: If your claim was accepted but now the insurance company wants an Insurance Medical Exam (IME) OR you are offered work OR your doctor disagrees with their doctor OR they file Termination/Modification or Suspension petitions, we have the experience on how to deal with such potential life changing issues.
• Legal Representation for Litigation: In cases where third-party liability is involved, such as accidents caused by negligent drivers, we provide skilled representation to pursue additional compensation through personal injury claims.
• Support Every Step of the Way: Throughout the entire process, our compassionate team is here to provide support, answer your questions, and keep you informed about the progress of your case.

We Listen Carefully to You and Fight for the Check You Deserve When You Suffer an Injury as a Delivery Professional

Delivery drivers, couriers, and messengers play a vital role in Pennsylvania's economy, and their well-being should be a top priority. So, if you or someone you know was injured on making deliveries, please contact us for a free consultation. Remember, Pennsylvania's workers' compensation laws can be intricate, and having an experienced attorney on your side can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. We will guide you through the process, protect your rights, and work tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome for you and your family.

We listen and genuinely care about your well-being. Again, consultations are free. If there is not a recovery of compensation, there is also no fee. You may reach us online or by telephone at 412-353-3572.

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