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Can you receive workers’ compensation benefits after a car accident?

| Feb 23, 2021 | Car Accidents, Vehicle Accidents, Workers' Compensation, Workplace Accidents

After a car accident, people may wonder how they will support themselves and address the cost of treatment as they recover. People injured during work-related travel might be surprised to know that some car accidents may be  eligible for workers’ compensation. Are you eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to offset the impact of your car accident?

Transportation injuries are a common cause of workplace accidents.

Transportation injuries related to work are more common than many people may think. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, transportation accidents lead to thousands of fatal work injuries every year. Motor vehicle accidents also account for more than one-quarter of workers’ compensation claims over $500,000.

In order to qualify, the travel must be directly related to job duties.

In order to receive workers’ compensation benefits, an employee must have been injured during the course of their employment. This means that injuries sustained in a car accident may be considered work-related if the driver was:

  • Driving as a part of a person’s primary work duties as a truck driver or taxi driver
  • Traveling between work locations during the course of their work
  • Running work errands like picking up supplies
  • Driving to a meeting, showing, or sales call
  • Delivering products
  • Transporting colleagues to another location for their work

While work-related travel can include a variety of situations, many common reasons for travel are not directly related to a person’s job duties. For example, travel on a lunch break or commuting to work do not generally qualify for benefits.

If you wonder whether your car accident injuries qualify for workers’ compensation, consider speaking to an attorney about the compensation available to you.

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