Every job comes with risks, but some more than others. Those who drive on California roads as part of their job duties know this better than most since they travel some of the most congested and busy roadways in the country. Suffering severe injuries in a work-related auto accident that was not your fault can be devastating and require a lengthy recovery during which you lose income and incur medical expenses.
Fortunately, anyone who is driving as part of his or her work duties is likely eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. You could receive benefits to cover the medical expenses and a portion of your income related to the accident and the injuries you suffered as a result. This could help relieve some of the stress that comes with an uncertain future and financial losses.
However, you may be entitled to more than just workers’ compensation benefits. If the other driver’s negligence or recklessness caused or contributed to your injuries, then you may take the opportunity to file a personal injury claim against him or her. Doing so could result in your receipt of damages for property damage, pain and suffering and other damages allowed under California law.
Work-related auto accidents are more common than you think. Like others in your situation, you should have the freedom to focus on your recovery instead of worrying about your financial situation and attempting to navigate the claims and court processes. Working with an attorney could alleviate this stress and allow you to refocus your energies on getting better and back to work. For these reasons, it would be wise to consult with an attorney experienced in workers’ compensation and third-party claims.