Sometimes after a work-related accident, a driver gets the sad news, “It’s time for you to look for another line of work. You just can’t drive a truck anymore ….”
It’s the kind of news that no one ever wants to hear, especially if they have found a line of work that they truly enjoy.
So, what do you do if you still have some work left in you, but you can’t drive a truck anymore?
The answer to that is in vocational rehabilitation or jib retraining which is one of the benefits your employer must provide for you if you are capable of working but are no longer capable of driving a truck. Your employer must provide you with the assistance you need to gain new skills to re-enter the workforce.
While you are undergoing job retraining, you are entitled to get disability checks of two-third of your average weekly wage while you are off work. If the new job you find does not pay you as much as your old position as a truck driver, you are entitled to a wage differential beneft of 60% of the difference between your old job and your new one .
Being told that you cannot go back to work as a truck drive is obviously disheartening news, but it is also a warning to you that you should be getting a lawyer to help you. Once you are eligible for job retraining, the company will certainly find every reason it can to cut you off of benefits, even if you have not found a new line of work. Getting qualified legal help can protect you against being treated unfairly by the insurance company.
If you have a current worker’s compensation issue which you need help on, please feel free to reach out to our office by calling our office at 312-263-1080 to discuss your issues and what options you have. There is no obligation to hire our law firm, and there is no charge for the call.
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We are here to help truck drivers after an on-the-job accident. Knowledge is power, and the first step in protecting your rights is to know what they are.