Injury at Work

A retired man was hired to drive trucks over the road for an employer. He suffered a low back and hip injury while in Kansas on his first trip. The employer denied it had hired the injured employee and contended that he was an independent contractor, an argument that would have made him ineligible for workers compensation benefits if it had succeeded. Through litigation, a settlement was reached that covered all of the employee’s medical expenses and replaced the earnings and future earnings he had lost due to the work injury.