While on-road collisions involving a tractor-trailer may be less frequent than accidents involving other types of vehicles, such accidents are nonetheless a growing concern in the U.S., and they are almost always fatal.
If you know anything about workers' compensation, you probably know that a fundamental factor of eligibility is your employee status. If you're an independent contractor, you're excluded from such benefits. This division can be especially frustrating for contractors working in dangerous fields.
A recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that inhumane working conditions in meat and poultry processing plants are a pervasive problem across the United States. What's more, the "climate of fear" that exists in many such facilities has deterred whistleblowers.
When it comes to seeking compensation for injuries after a work-related accident, it's oftentimes easy for insurers to total the damages that should be covered. That's because the cost of a doctor's visit, medical procedures, a hospital stay, an ambulance ride, prescription costs, other medical treatments and lost wages are relatively easy to calculate because they have a monetary cost associated with them. Psychological injuries, on the other hand, aren't so easy to calculate.