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Company Closes, Files Bankruptcy, and Trucker Loses Worker’s Compensation Benefits

January 22, 2020

KNOXVILLE, TN- writes that a man temporarily lost his worker’s compensation benefits after his trucking company employer filed for bankruptcy. The 62-year-old man was at the UT Medical Center recovering from injuries he suffered in a crash while on the job.*

Company Closes, Files Bankruptcy, and Trucker Loses Worker’s Compensation Benefits

Two top executives at Indiana-based trucking company were facing fraud charges. About one month after the filing of those charges, an employee was involved in a severe wreck while driving a tractor trailer for his employer. Last November, the trucker was traveling southbound on Interstate 75 when another semi drifted into his lane without using a turn signal. The two massive vehicles collided. The trucker stated that the wreck knocked his truck’s engine loose and that his driver’s seat was on top of the engine in the middle of the highway. 

The injuries the man suffered were severe and life-threatening. Responders rushed him to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by helicopter. The victim nearly lost his leg and since praised the medical staff for their skillful work in saving him. As an employee of the trucking company, the driver received worker’s compensation benefits to support him while he was recovering. After receiving three checks, the checks then stopped coming. The company filed for bankruptcy, and the checks were stalled during the proceedings. The victim was left with a mortgage and massive medical bills, and no news regarding when or if his benefits would restart. Later the victim learned that he would receive the benefits but is still not sure when. Speaking with a skilled worker's compensation attorney can help you learn what steps to take if you also were injured on the job and need answers, too.

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