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Workers’ Compensation Claims and Auto Accidents

 For many workers in the State of California, a work-life boundary is almost non-existent. If you are a worker who usually uses a car as a job duty, it is important to know your legal rights, and potential options in the event that you have been injured as a result of an auto accident. This article will focus on elements relating to filing a workers’ compensation claim when involved in a work-related auto accident. If you have any questions with respect to your specific case, consider seeking the legal support of a skilled workers’ compensation attorney.

Identifying Work-Related Accidents

For a workers’ compensation claim and to receive benefits in California, laws require that the injury be related to a work duty or for a work purpose. For the most part, if the claimant was injured while at work, the injury will be considered as work-related, but there are exceptions to this.

If you were involved in an auto accident while driving a car for work reasons, you could obtain benefits by filing a workers’ compensation claim if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You drive for a living,
  • You were running an errand for your employer when the accident occurred,
  • You were transporting a fellow employee when the incident occurred,
  • You were making deliveries at the time of the accident,
  • Your boss pays you for time to or from work, or
  • Your work does not involve a fixed office and you travel for work.

Seeking Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Your Injuries

When undergoing an auto accident, whether the accident was big or small, the injuries can easily result in lifelong medical complications. Some of these injuries have the potential to affect your quality of life and your ability to earn a living. If you have suffered an auto accident while performing a work-related duty, you have the legal right to seek benefits by filing a work injury claim. The California Workers’ Compensation claim process can be complex and daunting. While filing for a claim can offer you benefits, many workers can find that the benefits will be significantly downsized because it is not clear if the accident is caused because of a work-related duty.

If you have been involved in an auto accident while performing a task for work, it is important to obtain medical attention for your injures. Seeking medical aid will not only prevent your injuries from developing but will also help to establish a record, which is vital for a workers’ compensation claim. Additionally, consider seeking the legal expertise of an attorney who will review the facts of your case and help you determine the actions that will work in your best interests. A professional attorney will help you collect the necessary supplementary evidence and documents you may need in order to receive full benefits.

Attorney Albert E. Hirst is highly skilled in the field of workplace vehicle accidents in the State of California. He is dedicated to helping injured workers obtain compensation following a work-related incident. Filing a workers’ compensation claim in California is strictly time sensitive. If you are considering filing for a claim, obtain the legal support of a professional attorney as soon as possible.