Many jobs involve driving a motor vehicle. Whether you are a delivery driver who is behind the wheel for an entire shift, you make sporadic trips for your boss, or you drive large equipment to construction sites in the morning, you are at risk of being involved in a traffic crash every time you are on the road.
What are your rights to compensation if you are injured in a traffic accident while working? The following is some brief information, and to discuss your specific case, you should consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer directly.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If an accident and injury happen on the job, you should qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, no matter who was at fault for the crash. These benefits should cover your:
- Costs of medical care
- Partial wage replacement for missed work
- Permanent disability benefits
These benefits can be critical to your household finances if you sustain a serious injury in a job-related crash. Some drivers might be labeled as independent contractors by their employers, which means they are not covered by workers’ compensation. If your employer denies coverage, have an attorney review your situation.
If another driver was at fault for causing the traffic crash, you might be able to file a third-party claim against their insurance in addition to your workers’ compensation claim. This is important because more damages might be available through this type of claim than are provided by workers’ compensation.
Following a traffic accident on the job, do not wait to speak with a workers’ compensation attorney at Yazdchi Law. Call (661) 273-1780 or contact us online so we can evaluate your rights for free.