Many jobs involve driving to different locations. And that carries the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident at some point. Motor vehicle accidents can cause many different types of injuries that can cause an employee to miss work. If you’ve been hurt in a work-related motor vehicle accident, contact the experienced Peru workplace vehicle accident lawyers at Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP.
Any work-related travel can lead to a motor vehicle accident. Jobs that involve frequent driving include sales professionals, truckers and delivery personnel. As long as the accident occurred while you were on company business, you should be covered under workers’ compensation for any injuries you suffered.
Serious Injuries Follow Work-Related Crashes
Motor vehicle accidents can cause many different types of injuries, ranging from minor to severe. Workers in these work accidents can suffer broken bones, lacerations, neck or shoulder injuries, muscle strains and sprains, internal injuries, traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries. They may be left unable to return to work, either temporarily or permanently.
Under state law, workers injured in a work-related motor vehicle accident are entitled to 100% coverage of all medical expenses for necessary treatment. Other benefits include partial wages during the time they are unable to do their job.
There are some exceptions to coverage. Injuries from an accident while commuting to or from work are generally not covered. Neither are injuries from an accident while you are on a lunch break that is not related to company business.
But you are eligible for benefits if you got into an accident in the company parking lot. Or if you were traveling from one job site to another during your shift. It also doesn’t matter what type of vehicle was being driven, or who owned it, or whether you were driving or a passenger.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help You Fight for Compensation
While you are entitled to benefits after being injured during a work-related vehicle accident, employers and insurance companies typically try to deny or limit their responsibility. They may claim that you were not on company business at the time of the accident. Or they may dispute the extent of your injuries, claiming you are well enough to work.
Our experienced attorneys can help you build a strong case based on evidence that proves you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. If your claim is denied, we will fight for you every step of the way during the appeals process. We can also help you pursue damages from a third party responsible for the accident, such as an at-fault driver.
If you’ve been injured in a work-related vehicle accident, learn more about how we can help. Contact us today.