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What to Do If Injured in a Car Accident While on the Job

Many jobs require that an employee operate a motor vehicle while on the job. Operating a vehicle is the primary job duty for delivery drivers and truckers, but other occupations also require that an employee drive a car while on the job. For instance, a salesman may occasionally need to drive to other locations on business trips. A plant supervisor may need to drive to another factory site to oversee operations. And a city inspector may need to travel to various locations throughout the city to inspect buildings.

Workers' Compensation Benefits

When a worker is injured in an accident that occurs in the course of employment, he or she is generally entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Even those accidents and injuries that occur outside of the workplace may qualify for workers' compensation benefits as long as the injuries were sustained in the course of employment. Accordingly, if an employee's job responsibilities require that he or she operate a motor vehicle, and an auto accident occurs while he or she is on the job, the injured worker is likely eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

Just because an injured worker is entitled to workers' compensation benefits, it does not mean that the employer's insurance company will promptly pay the benefits. In many cases, an employer's insurance company will delay, reduce, or deny auto accident workers' compensation benefits. If this happens, an injured worker can file a claim with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission.

Money Damages in Third-Party Action

Depending on the circumstances of the work-related auto accident, the injured worker may also be able to recover financial compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against any negligent third parties. Whereas an injured worker is prohibited from suing his or her employer following a work-related accident, the injured worker is not prohibited from also pursuing any applicable third-party claims. Unlike workers' compensation benefits, which are limited to a percentage of the injured workers' salary, personal injury damages can include: medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

What to Do If You Are In a Work-Related Auto Accident

If you are in a work-related auto accident, you should first seek medical attention and notify the police. It is helpful to obtain as much information as possible from the scene of the accident, including the other driver's personal information, license plate number, contact information, and insurance information. As soon as possible, you should notify your employer or manager of the work-related auto accident in order to protect your right to receive workers' compensation benefits.

It is highly recommended that you contact a skilled Chicago auto accident attorney if you were injured in a work-related auto accident. The Chicago accident and injury lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are dedicated to helping accident and injury victims obtain maximum financial recovery from all possible sources following a work-related auto accident. We will guide you through the workers' compensation claim process and represent you in connection with any applicable third-party claims, as well. We have obtained record setting and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of our injured clients.

Contact the Chicago auto accident lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish to schedule a free consultation to discuss any work-related auto accident claims.


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