Trucking is still a huge industry in the U.S. In fact, approximately 70% of all freight is still carried by big rigs. The industry also provides jobs for over 800,000 people in the country. But like any job, injuries are possible, leaving those who rely on their jobs as a trucker in serious trouble if they are unable to continue work due to a work-related injury or disability.
Truckers Social Security Disability is a difficult topic as eligibility for benefits depends on the size and kind of truck driven, how long the individual has been employed, and various other factors. The Law Offices Of M. Stanley Whitehead are experienced in Social Security Disability denials and can help you determine if you are eligible for benefits.
How Does Truckers Social Security Disability Work?
Those over 55 who are injured or disabled as a result of driving a tractor trailer should know that they may be eligible for benefits even if they are denied the first time. Regardless of the reasoning behind the claim, approximately 60% of all claims are denied. So how does truckers Social Security Disability work?
According to the Social Security Disability Resource Center, driving a tractor trailer is considered medium intensity work, making the occupation qualify for benefits. Unfortunately, smaller trucks like delivery trucks are considered light intensity. Many individuals over 55 face disabilities and injuries as a result of working with tractor trailers.
Common Trucker Injuries
There are certain injuries and issues that are common in the trucking industry and may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. These common injuries are:
Neck and back injuries. Big rigs are not built with the neck and back in mind despite the driver being required to drive long distances. The seating in the cab itself may be the cause of neck and back injuries, but most commonly these injuries occur as a result of loading and unloading the truck.
Stress injuries. Sitting in the same position for hours on end regularly can cause issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome and joint injuries. These injuries may be severe and worsen the longer the driver continues to work for the company.
Falls. Whether it is climbing in or out of the truck cab, or working out of the trailer itself, falls are common in the trucking industry. Injuries as a result of a fall can render an individual unable to perform their job.
Houston Social Security Disability Denials Representation
M. Stanley Whitehead specializes on Social Security Disability denials cases. He has the experience and knowledge to help you pursue a trucker disability claim. Her clients come first, and she works diligently to get them the benefits they deserve.
If you are a trucker over 55 who is unable to work due to injuries or disabilities, call 713-993-7311 today to schedule a consultation. We are here to help you.