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Ohio Workers Compensation Client UPS Driver Takes A New Path

Per the company website, in 1907, two teenage entrepreneurs created what would become the world’s largest package delivery service. Starting in a Seattle basement with a $100 loan, Claude Ryan and Jim Casey opened the American Messenger Company. In 1919, the company made its first expansion beyond Seattle to Oakland, California, where the name United Parcel Service debuted. That same year, the company painted the company’s cars its signature color brown. 

Using now-familiar slogans such as “As sure as taking it there yourself,” “The package delivery company more companies count on,” and the ever-popular “What can brown do for you?” we see those familiar brown trucks nearly every day. This isn’t surprising when you realize UPS employs more than half a million people and has 126,000 trucks on the road. 

Looking back, I’ve represented nearly 50 UPS drivers in recent years. Like our client Josh, lots of folks hire on because the pay is good. My oldest brother did: He drove for them a couple of years in the 1960s after he got out of the Marine Corps. Josh’s dad was a pastor, and the family moved between Iowa and Ohio several times before ultimately landing in Obetz, Ohio. After attending college at Mount Vernon Nazarene, Josh’s brother-in-law recommended UPS as a great opportunity for him to provide for his family, so Josh hired on. 

As a package delivery driver, there’s obviously a lot of driving, stopping, hopping in and out of the truck … and lots of lifting of packages that can weigh more than 100 pounds. During a shift of extended lifting, Josh’s shoulder had had enough: He tore up his bicep and subscapularis tendons as well as the cartilage around his shoulder joint. As his claim was initially allowed only for a strain, the physical therapy and other treatments didn’t help. His doctors recommended surgery that was finally permitted 18 months later, requiring several hearings and several additional conditions before it was approved. His surgeon said, “He had quite a bit more injury in his shoulder than we thought,” and recently recommended injections of platelet-rich plasma, something professional athletes use to try to rehabilitate cartilage. 

Ohio Workers Compensation UPS Driver Has Successful Claim

Unable to work for nearly three years, even the defense doctors concluded Josh couldn’t return to the work he enjoyed at UPS as he still has residual limitations. These interfere with Ohio Workers Compensation successful client case UPS Driver hunting and other activities, but he’s still able to oil paint (hey, these guys don’t just sling freight!) and enjoy life with Melissa (whom he met at church) and their active young kiddos. 

Josh recently decided to close his claim and is starting a position with another company soon. He is a great guy, and we wanted to let you know a bit more about him.

James Monast
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Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Columbus, Ohio