Work-Related Car Accidents: Can I Get Workers’ Comp?

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After a work-related car accident, it is important to know and understand if you qualify for workers’ comp, and if so, what the process is for filing for it as well as some pitfalls to be aware of.

Sarah E. Stottlemyer is a workers’ compensation attorney based in Atlanta, Georgia, a partner at Stottlemyer & Associates, LLC. She explains everything you need to do after a work-related car accident.

To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-981-8971 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.

Key Takeaways From Sarah Stottlemyer:

Like most injuries on the job, injuries due to a work-related car accident generally qualify for workers’ compensation, commonly referred to as “workers’ comp.”

Whether you were driving your own vehicle or a company car makes no difference for workers’ comp.

The only potential difference in these cases is that it is easier to prove the accident occurred during a work-related accident if it happened while in a company vehicle. Regardless, taking pictures of both vehicles at the scene is a good way to prove when and how the damages occurred.

Immediately after the accident occurs, notify your supervisor and HR department.

There is usually a time limit within which you must report the accident/injury or forego compensation.

It is also important to contact an attorney with experience in workers’ comp cases as soon as possible after the accident. Contacting an attorney in a timely manner may provide you with more control over your choices in medical treatment.

If you are a contract worker, you may still qualify for workers’ comp.

This may not apply if your employer has three or fewer employees, in which case they are not required to pay workers’ comp.

If working for a subcontractor, your attorney may contact the contractor in charge to attempt to file for workers’ comp.

When an accident occurs, it is important to preserve evidence at the scene, especially if a third party is involved.

Evidence to aid your case may include photos, videos, witness information, and of course the information of any other parties involved. If you have two claims working at once (i.e. a liability claim against a third-party and a workers’ comp claim against your company), it is most important to start on the workers’ comp claim so you can begin to receive medical help.

Stottlemyer doesn’t recommend people handle workers’ comp cases on their own.

She says that around 70% of injured employees handle their workers’ comp cases on their own, with some unfortunate results. The purpose of workers’ comp is to pay for your medical treatment and compensate for lost wages, but if your injury affected you in a way that prevents you from performing your former job, it is highly recommended you seek out an attorney for help, as these cases can become complex.

Beware of your employer offering to pay for your medical expenses.

In this situation, most employers don’t properly estimate the cost of your medical treatment over time and end up unable to pay.

In this case, contact an attorney and get their advice. The insurance companies you will be dealing with have many experienced attorneys, so it’s a good idea to bring one of your own into the mix as well to protect your interests.

If the idea of hiring an attorney seems out of reach financially, Stottlemyer has good news for you. Like most workers’ comp attorneys, she works on contingency, which essentially means you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.

Call an attorney for free legal advice.

To learn more, contact Sarah Stottlemyer directly by calling 888-981-8971 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.

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