Even though today’s cars, trucks and SUVs should be safer than ever, car accidents continue to injure too many Georgians. In fact, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, car crashes are the second-leading cause of ER visits and hospitalizations in the Peach State.
You might think a car accident is a personal injury matter. Still, if you are in a work-related car accident, you might be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. How do you know if your accident has some relationship to your job duties, though?
Work-related car accidents
For your car accident injuries to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, you generally must be an employee. Furthermore, your crash must have occurred when you are performing your job duties. Answering the following questions might help you determine whether you were in a work-related car accident:
• Were you making a delivery or pickup for your employer?
• Were you transporting one or more of your coworkers?
• Were you running an errand for your company or supervisor?
• Were you otherwise traveling for work-associated reasons?
As you can see, whether you were in a work-related crash depends on a careful examination of the facts. Therefore, when considering whether you might be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, you should think through all of the circumstances of your accident.
Valuable benefits during your recovery
If you have serious injuries after a work-related car accident, you may be unable to work. You also might struggle to pay for medical expenses. Luckily, workers’ compensation benefits tend to be broad.
Ultimately, if you can prove your car accident relates to your employment, you might receive medical, rehabilitation and income replacement benefits.