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This is What You Need to Know About Having Been Involved in a Work-Related Auto Accident

This is What You Need to Know About Having Been Involved in a Work-Related Auto AccidentMany occupations demand employees to drive as part of their job responsibilities. To mention a few, this includes salespeople, home health aides, delivery drivers, bus drivers, and truck drivers. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an automobile accident at work, you should think about whether you can receive compensation through workers' compensation or a third-party car accident injury claim.

Workers' compensation for car accidents caused by work

Workers' compensation was established to compensate employees who are injured on the job. This covers those wounded in car accidents if they were driving as part of their employment duties. It makes no difference who caused the accident when submitting a workers' compensation claim. Workers' compensation should compensate you even if you caused the accident yourself.

However, you may not be able to file a workers' compensation claim if you were hurt on your way to or from work in the morning or afternoon. There are exceptions to this rule, as there are to most rules.

If you or a loved one is forced to drive their own car for work, your employer is required to give workers' compensation benefits in the event of an accident during your journey.

The "personal comfort" exemption is another exception. Bloxham v Lithia Ford set the precedent for this regulation. The court found that a worker on break was wounded when they stopped at a party store in this case. Employees would frequently stop at the store during their breaks to bring back treats for coworkers, which was convenient for the company. A workers' compensation claim might be filed because this was common practice.

If you were driving a business automobile to or from work, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits in specific instances. While this is not an absolute rule, whether you or a loved one could pursue a workers' compensation claim would be determined on the facts and circumstances of your case.

Third-party car accidents caused by non-employees

You may be able to make a personal injury claim against someone who was not an employee of your firm if you or a loved one was wounded. You can file this type of claim in addition to your workers' compensation claim.

You may be able to submit a claim that names both the other motorist and their employer if the negligent driver who caused your injuries is employed by a different company and was driving in the course and scope of their own job. The owner of a vehicle that was being driven by someone else may be liable for your injuries in some situations.

Why do you need a lawyer for a workplace car accident?

If you or a loved one was hurt in an automobile accident while at work, you should contact with a knowledgeable attorney who is familiar with both workers' compensation and car accident injury regulations. In either scenario, The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker has the abilities and experience necessary to bring your matter to a successful conclusion. We can conduct an investigation into your case and file the proper lawsuit(s) on your behalf to ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to. Call us now at 800-333-0000 for help.

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