Dangers Lurking on the Job: Postal Workers and the Hidden Risks They Face
Why the Right Medical Professional Matters in Treating Your DOL Injuries
In a previous blog post, we delved into the surprising fact that postal employees face twice the risk of injury compared to other workers. We also discussed the most common injuries afflicting letter carriers and clerks. But what causes this increased danger for postal workers in their day-to-day lives?
The Unrelenting Grind
The daily duties of postal workers often involve physical effort, from walking mail routes to lifting and carrying packages or mail sacks. These tasks are repeated countless times, day in and day out, month after month, and year after year. The constant pounding of a letter carrier’s feet on the pavement takes a toll on their knees, hips, legs, and feet over time. Even seemingly simple actions like gripping and sorting mail can lead to repetitive stress injuries.
Many postal worker injuries stem from negligence on the part of property owners:
- Ignoring maintenance of sidewalks, steps, or walkways, or neglecting to fix cracks or breaks in pavement, stairs, or other paths
- Failing to clear walkways of snow, ice, or other weather-related hazards
- Not securing dogs with a leash or confining them to a pen or designated area away from letter carriers
Inattentive Drivers on the Road
Letter carriers on motor routes must frequently stop to deliver mail in mailboxes, sometimes on busy roads. All too often, motorists neglect to notice the mail truck ahead of them, attempt to pass without warning, or tailgate mail trucks on the road.
Seeking the Care You Deserve as an Injured Postal Employee
As a postal worker who has suffered an injury, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation benefits through a federal OWCP (Office of Workers’ Compensation Program) claim. If approved, you can receive payment for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses related to your injuries. The doctor you choose can play a vital role in advocating for the care you need. It’s crucial to select medical professionals who are well-versed in the federal workers’ compensation system.
Get in Touch to Schedule an Appointment
At Advantage Healthcare Systems, our team has extensive experience in successfully assisting individuals who have sustained workplace injuries. Contact us toll-free at 1-877-487-8289 or fill out the form provided below to schedule an assessment. We have locations across Texas, including Fort Worth, Dallas, and San Antonio.