Grand Rapids Truck Accident Attorney: First-Party Claims

When truckers suffer on-the-job injuries, their employers can be required to provide workers' compensation. Unfortunately, because workers' compensation can be expensive for employers, some employers work to prevent claims from reaching fruition. Some trucking companies argue that their truckers are independent contractors — not employees — in an attempt to prevent them from receiving benefits from the company's insurance policy.

If you are a trucker who suffered injuries while you were working, you may be entitled to Michigan no-fault benefits, which likely provide more compensation than you are currently receiving.

At Failey Law PLC, we help truckers in Grand Rapids and throughout Michigan with all aspects of their cases, from gathering accident reports to submitting paperwork. We also help determine what type of claim you have:

  • If you suffered an injury while you were working — such as falling off the trailer of your truck — you can file a first-party truck accident claim against your insurance carrier to receive no-fault benefits, wage loss and medical care.
  • If another driver's negligence caused a truck accident while you were on the road, you can file a third-party truck accident claim. Third-party claims allow you to file a personal injury lawsuit against the party who caused your accident.

You May Be Entitled To More Than You're Receiving

After suffering serious injuries while working, many truckers lose the ability to earn their normal wages. They pay a large deductible toward their medical bills and worry about how they'll afford their medical bills and normal expenses.

With Michigan no-fault benefits, you can receive 85 percent of your normal wages, and your medical bills are paid for life for all injuries suffered in the accident.

The legal process can be confusing, and without an experienced lawyer, finding the answers you need can be difficult. Regardless of the details of your claim, we can help you receive full and fair compensation to cover lost wages, medical bills and vehicle damage. Learn more by scheduling a free consultation with attorney Bill Failey. We can be reached through our contact form or by calling 616-965-1239.