Deep Vein Thrombosis In Truck Drivers Workers Compensation Claim

Date: July 13, 2011
Posted In: DLP Law

            John was an interstate truckdriver for over twenty years and never experienced any health issues. Because of the nature of his work, John would spend extended hours in a seated position driving his truck. John started to notice a numbness in both feet which had been getting progressively worse.  John finally got concerned enough to go to his doctor and was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis. John\’s doctor was very concerned that John would develop blood clots which could easily lead to a stroke. John was advised to stop driving immediately. The doctor also prescribed Coumadin, a blood thinner, for John to take and advised John that he would be on this medication for the rest of his life. John\’s doctor was adamant that John\’s job duties as a truck driver wherein John was immobile for hours at a time while driving was a substantial contributing cause to the development of the deep vein thrombosis.

ISSUE:          Does John have a valid claim for Workers\’ Compensation benefits?

ANSWER:     Yes. It is not unusual for truck drivers such as John to develop this problem. John will be entitled to Worker\’s Compensation benefits as well as medical coverage as his prescriptions may last a lifetime. In all likelihood John will never be able to return to the type of work he was doing.

Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive.  Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column. 


Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.