More and more, workers are being forced to drive their own vehicles when performing during working hours in order to perform work activities and duties. However, less and less, employers are providing little or no protection for employees if they are involved in an accident.
This post is part seven of a nine part series discussing what you should know when driving your car during work. This installment will discuss the limitation of workers’ compensation benefits in after a work-related motor vehicle accident. (You can view previous posts in this series online here)
Under Workers’ compensation law, you are basically entitled to medical benefits for reasonable and necessary medical treatment and wage loss benefits if you are out of work because of the injury(s) you sustained as a result of the work-related motor vehicle accident.
Workers’ compensation does not entitle you to compensation available in other types of claims. Additionally, workers’ compensation does not entitle you to other traditional claims available in civil law such as compensation for pain and suffering/compensation for your inability to enjoy life’s pleasures because of your injury or other economic loss(es).
Are you entitled to benefits beyond workers’ compensation? If you are unsure of the answer to this question, contact an experienced personal injury litigator who can assist in identifying all potential claims.