Vehicle Accidents on the Job in Atlanta, GA
Workers' Compensation & Work-Related Car Accidents
Have you been injured in a motor vehicle accident while on the job? Many
jobs are now requiring more and more people to travel for business which
has led to an increase of work-related car accidents. If you have been
involved in an accident while on the clock, then you may be eligible to
seek compensation. Our
workers' compensation attorney can help explain your rights and legal options to you. Contact our Atlanta
office today to discuss your case and begin filing your claim.
Types of "On the Job" Motor Vehicle Accidents
So what do it mean to be "on the job" and how do you know if
your employer is liable to pay for your car accident damages? This can
get complicated because the workers' comp guidelines can vary depending
on the state that you live in.
However, most states define "on the job" as:
- Driving to run a work errand for a boss or supervisor
- Driving to make a work-related delivery
- Driving another employee
- If your job description entails operating a motorized vehicle
- If you have no set work office and you travel for business
- If your boss pays you for all travel to and from work
Keep in mind that in most cases you will not be eligible for
workers' compensation benefits if you get in an accident driving home from or to work. Speak with your
lawyer if this was the issue in your case because there are certain exceptions
that can be made in such cases.
You Only Pay If We Win
With contingency fees, you only pay our firm
if we successfully recover on your behalf.
Do I file a workers' compensation or a civil claim?
If you are involved in a work-related car accident, you always file a claim
seeking workers' comp benefits so your medical bills and other damages
are covered by your employer. However, if the other driver was at fault
for the accident, you may also be able to file a civil claim against them.
When you file against the at-fault driver or their insurance, then you
are filing a "civil claim."
There are significant differences between a workers' compensation claim
and civil claim. For example, with a civil claim, you can seek restitution
for pain and suffering and other damages common in personal injury cases.
With workers' comp claims, your employer will not reimburse you for
car repairs or property damage; instead, they will pay for things such
as your medical bills.
How an Atlanta Workers' Compensation Lawyer Can Help
Here at Douglas F. Kaleita, P.C., we are passionate about protecting the
rights of injured workers. If you were driving somewhere for your job
and go into an accident, then we can help seek benefits from your employer
to cover any medical expenses or lost wages that you suffer as a result.
We operate on a contingency fee basis which means that there is no fee
unless we are successful in your claim. We pride ourselves on working
hard and going above and beyond for our clients. With 26 years of experience
under our belt, our track record can speak for itself. We have already
collected millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for previous clients!