Workers’ Compensation for Car Accidents
Any car accident is an unexpected and traumatic event. The accident can be especially devastating if you’re injured while you are at work. As you recover at home, you might agonize about missing work. You may wonder how you will pay your medical expenses and other damages caused by the wreck.
You don’t have to about handling this frightening situation by yourself. Help is here. Let our Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers take care of those details while you recover.
At Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., we’ve spent decades helping hardworking people like yourself. Our goal is to get you the money you are owed after workplace accidents. Our firm’s main focus is helping victims fight for their rights under workers’ compensation law. We are committed to serving each client with the personal attention they deserve.
You’ll see in our case results that we’ve helped injured workers receive more than $221 million.
Our client testimonials demonstrate that we give each client the personal attention they deserve.
If you’ve been injured in a work-related car accident, put yourself on the road to recovery. Contact Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., to schedule your free consultation. You’ll learn how we can help you seek the compensation you’re owed. We only get paid if we help you win. Call us today or contact us online.
Does Workers’ Comp Cover Car Accidents?
Employers have workers’ compensation insurance to cover their employees’ workplace injuries. This includes injuries that workers might suffer in work-related car accidents.
Workers’ comp benefits can be collected if you were injured in these types of car wrecks:
- Driving a company vehicle for a work-related matter, such as traveling to a client’s location.
- Transporting a fellow employee or driving yourself to a work activity.
- Driving your own vehicle as a regular part of your job duties.
- Running a work-related errand, such as picking up lunch for the office or making a delivery.
In some instances workers’ compensation cannot be obtained, even if you are on a work-related trip. For example:
- You typically can’t get workers’ compensation benefits if you were doing something illegal when the wreck happened.
- If you are in an accident during your daily commute to or from the office, this usually isn’t covered by workers’ compensation. However, you might be able to file your own lawsuit for your injuries.
Of course, some exceptions to these rules exist. But they can be difficult to understand without the help of an experienced lawyer. The knowledgeable workers’ comp attorneys at Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., can explore which rules apply to your situation. We are here to help you pursue the benefits you deserve.
What Benefits Can You Receive After a Car Accident at Work?
Pennsylvania law entitles employees to a variety of medical and wage-replacement benefits for work-related injuries. Examples of workers’ comp benefits include:
- Coverage for medical expenses, such as doctor visits, prescriptions, surgeries, rehabilitation, and medical devices or equipment.
- Total disability compensation to cover lost wages when your injuries prevent you from returning to work.
- Permanent injury payments if the work-related accident caused permanent disfiguration to your face, head or neck. Those payments also cover a lost limb or lost hearing.
- Partial disability benefits to help make up for some of the wages that are lost because your injuries keep you from earning the same level of income.
- Death benefits to help a surviving spouse or dependents cover damages if their loved one is killed in a work-related accident.
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in an Accident While Driving for Work
If you’ve been hurt in a wreck while driving for work, take these steps to protect your legal rights:
- Call 911. If the collision was serious, first responders are usually the fastest resources for your injuries and property damage. Additionally, when the police arrive at the scene, their official accident report can serve as a critical piece of evidence if you file a claim.
- Document the scene. Gather as much evidence as you can from the accident scene. Get the names and contact information for witnesses and other people involved in the crash. Photograph all property damage and photograph your injuries. Take pictures of markings and signs in the area, such as skid marks, traffic lights, speed limit notifications and signage.
- Notify your employer. To improve your chances of getting workers’ comp benefits, tell your employer as soon as possible about the accident and your injuries. Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law typically requires employees to tell their employer about any work-related injuries within 21 days of an accident. Your employer should provide you with information about your rights and a list of company doctors who can treat your injuries.
- Get medical attention. Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation laws usually mandate that you see a company doctor for the first 90 days after your accident. Have one of the medical professionals from your company’s list evaluate your injuries as soon as possible. A physician’s medical report may play a crucial role in proving the cause and extent of your injuries.
Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Motor vehicle collisions cause a wide range of injuries. Common injuries in car accidents include:
- Back injuries
- Scrapes, bruises, and cuts
- Chest or neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic amputation
- Head and traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
Talk to an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Now
If you’ve been injured in a work-related car accident, contact Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., today. Our knowledgeable workers’ comp attorneys will help you get the compensation you’re owed. Call us today or reach us online to schedule your free consultation. We don’t get paid anything unless we help you recover compensation.