Were You In A Car Accident While Working?
Few situations imply worse luck than getting into a car accident while on the job. Not only can these car accidents be devastating, humiliating, and have negative career effects, they can also be incredibly difficult to navigate if you sustain injuries as a result. So many factors are involved in work-related car accidents that it can be difficult to determine where to turn for coverage or what recourse to take. Luckily, you do not have to figure this out all on your own. An experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney can review the facts of your case in order to help you determine the best path toward getting the compensation that you are entitled to.
Should I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim for a Car Accident?
If you were in a car accident while working, you may qualify for Florida workers’ compensation insurance benefits. These benefits provide medical care and treatment as well as full or partial wage replacement while you recover. In order to qualify for workers’ compensation coverage there are some eligibility criteria that must be met. First, you must be classified as an employee as opposed to an independent contractor. Second, you must have been working within the scope of your employment and for the benefit of your employer at the time of the accident. For instance, if you are required to make deliveries as part of your job and you were involved in a car accident while making deliveries, you would qualify for workers’ compensation coverage (provided that you are classified as an employee).
On the other hand, if you were joyriding in a company vehicle after hours, this would not fall within the scope of your employment, and any injuries sustained would not be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Additionally, if you are intoxicated or under the influence of illegal drugs while driving a company vehicle or performing work-related duties, you will be unlikely to receive coverage as this is not seen as being for the benefit of your employer.
Other Options for Recovery
While workers’ compensation coverage bars you from bringing a personal injury lawsuit against your employer, it does not stop you from suing other liable parties. For instance, if another driver caused or contributed to the accident, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against them in addition to filing a workers’ compensation claim with your employer. Likewise, if you are not an employee, you may be able to sue your employer if they were negligent in causing or contributing to the accident (such as by not properly maintaining equipment) as well as any other liable parties.
Talk to the Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers
If you have been in a work-related vehicle collision or suffered injuries as a result of a work-related accident in Atlanta, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Cobb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Johns Creek, or Sandy Springs, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers are ready to fight to get you the compensation and support that you are entitled to. You do not have to navigate this process alone. Contact our Alpharetta personal injury lawyers today to schedule your free consultation.