Will your car accident cause you to miss work, lose wages or be out of a job? Not necessarily. While not all car accidents can be deemed work-related, the number of these types of automobile accidents is certainly on the rise, especially when considering the increasing demands for private transportation and delivery services by today’s consumers.
If your traffic accident occurred while you were on the clock, you may be entitled to worker’s compensation, a critical component of your car accident claim. An experienced lawyer is often needed to help guide clients through the process of acquiring worker’s comp after a work-related car accident, as it is not always clear-cut.
Types of Work-Related Car Accidents
You don’t have to be a delivery driver to qualify for a work-related traffic accident. In fact, you could have a desk job and be traveling outside the office for work-related purposes. Some of the most common types of work-related car accidents occur during the following events:
- Making a delivery
- Running work-related errands
- Traveling between work sites
- Driving another employee to a work site
- Using a company vehicle to complete tasks
- Driving passengers to their destination
- Driving to an off-site job
What is Worker’s Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that offers wages and benefits for employees that are injured on the job. When it comes to traffic accidents, it may be difficult to prove that your traveling was “on the job” or related to work. However, a skilled personal injury attorney knows the ins and outs of these types of claims and can help you obtain the maximum compensation for your car wreck losses, which may include worker’s compensation benefits.
Under Georgia worker’s compensation laws, there are rights that clients are guaranteed regardless of the specific situation, such as lost wages, medical exam/treatment, compensation for disabilities and out-of-pocket expenses. This still leaves many medical expenses that are often denied or refuted by your employer, such as ongoing physical therapy or rehab. In nearly all cases, it is important to have a worker’s compensation lawyer by your side to help you fight back.
Finding an Attorney and Filing a Claim
Have more questions about work-related car accidents and what you may be entitled to? Call Attorney Darrell T. Farr. We can help you understand what to expect and represent you at every step of your automobile accident claim.