Impact of Workplace Related Motor Vehicle Accidents
From full-time truck drivers to managers making simple bank runs, work related auto accidents occur across many occupations in Boca Raton, Florida. For the victim of a workplace related accident, injuries provoke pain and suffering, create stress, and cause physical limitations.
In addition to those injured in a work related motor vehicle accident, the CDC reports that automobiles are involved in thirty-six percent of workplace related deaths. The financial and emotional impact resulting from fatal auto accidents that occur on the job is absolutely devastating to the family of the deceased. When an employee suffers injury or death due to a workplace related accident, the victim or his family is entitled to compensation.
Who is Financially Responsible in a Work Related Accident?
Someone injured in a motor vehicle accident while working may seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expenses.
A person that is involved in an auto accident while performing within the scope of their employment duties is usually entitled to receive this compensation. The party responsible for paying these expenses will depend on the factors that caused the accident.
- Worker’s Compensation: Worker’s compensation will often pick up the costs of medical bills and a portion of the employee’s lost wages, but will not pay any claims for pain and suffering.Worker’s comp settlements could also be awarded if the injuries sustained in a workplace related auto accident are severe enough to result in the loss of a limb or other permanent disability. Read More…
- Liability Insurance: If another driver was involved in the accident and was determined to be at fault, he (or the company he works for if he is also performing job-related duties) will be held financially responsible.Assuming this party has liability insurance, the insurance company will have to reimburse worker’s comp for any expenses paid. While worker’s comp does not pay for damage to your car or pain and suffering, claims can often be made against an at-fault party for these costs. Read More…
How to Proceed After a Workplace Related Accident
Auto accidents can become long, drawn-out legal battles. Each party will try to establish reasons why they should not be held responsible.
Having a knowledgeable attorney that can guide the victim through the process is very important. Some cases settle out of court. This typically happens when the employer, third-party, or insurer makes a compensation offer that the injured party or family of the deceased deems acceptable.
This amount could be significantly lower than an amount that would be awarded should the case go through the court process, however, the settlement means the process is over. This can be a huge relief financially and emotionally.
Get The Help & Resources You Deserve
If you or someone you know experienced an injury as the result of a car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, or any motor vehicle accident, seek a medical evaluation for the possibility of a brain or spinal injury.
If you or your passenger has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, lost a loved one as a result of the accident, or if you would like more information about other serious injury cases click here or contact Glotzer & Kobren, P.A. personal injury attorneys at 561-361-8677.