Trucking companies that were handling workers’ compensation claims before the coronavirus pandemic may find resolution of these claims stalled for reasons that have nothing to do with the worker’s injury, says Lori Ilgenfritz of Gallagher Bassett.
Lines 'Blurred' Between Longhaul, Local Drivers With Reclassified Workers’ Comp Code, Industry Expert Says
The National Council on Compensation Insurance last year reclassified workers’ compensation codes for motor carriers, a move that somewhat “blurred the lines” between over-the-road truck drivers and the city-local drivers who are home every night, said Sam Tucker, CEO of Carrier Risk Solutions.May 8, 2019
Whether truck drivers are classified as employees or independent contractors is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge for many motor carriers when it comes to workers’ compensation and other insurance coverages, industry experts said.
An aging workforce of drivers is elevating the risk of workers’ compensation claims for fleets even as trucking companies are seeing stable or even lower premiums for workers’ compensation insurance, industry experts said.