It’s not a secret that truck drivers tend to lead a sedentary lifestyle. They have to drive for many hours a day and are often sitting in the same position.
Commercial drivers are at a higher risk of developing blood clots, which is why it is important for any driver who suffers from one to consider filing for workers’ compensation. Deep vein thrombosis (“DVT”) is the most common form, which occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, like those in the lower legs or thighs.
This kind of blood clot happens most commonly to those who remain in the same position for long periods of time, including people who have just had surgery and truck drivers who travel for hours in a sitting position. Commercial drivers who make long trips are most at risk.
Why are drivers at a higher risk for deep vein thrombosis?
The reason is simple. Muscle movement in the legs can provide an important assist in pushing blood in the veins back to the heart, so lack of it can cause the blood to move more slowly. That is why patients after surgery are often fitted with inflatable cuffs on their lower legs, which periodically squeeze the calves, and instructed to “pump” their feet, when they are stuck in bed. When you sit for many hours, your blood flow slows down. The blood in the body tends to gather in the legs and ankles, which creates the conditions for blood clots.
What are the symptoms of blood clots?
Common symptoms may include:
- Red skin on the legs
- Unusual warmth
If the blood clot breaks free and travels to other parts of the body, particularly the lungs, symptoms could include:
- Fainting spells
- Chest pain
- Trouble breathing
- Even death
If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek medical help right away. Then, you may want to discuss the condition with your medical provider to determine if it is work-related. If so, then you may be eligible for workers’ compensation, which covers your medical care and wage compensation while you recover from this illness.