Some employers provide vehicles for their workers – such as taxi services, limousine services, commercial trucks, etc. Unfortunately, the same dangers on the road exist for workers who have to drive as part of their job duties.
When someone sustains severe injuries in a work vehicle, it helps to know how to pursue compensation. Specific factors come into play, and having a lawyer allows you to safeguard your rights. Below, we will explain what rights you have to move forward and how it can help your case.
While Performing Work-Related Duties
If someone is using the work vehicle to perform on-the-job duties and suffer injuries, they have the right to pursue compensation through employer-provided workers’ comp coverage. The employee is on the clock during their duties, and they have all of the same protections that employees in a work environment have.
Work-related duties can include:
- Doing something for your boss or supervisor
- Delivering items to a customer
- Driving another employee somewhere
- Commuting passengers to their workplace as part of your job
- Traveling for work with no fixed office and paid for travel time
Workers’ Comp and Personal Injury Claims
If you suffer an injury while driving for work, it helps to remember how workers’ compensation works. Workers’ compensation claims are often in lieu of filing a lawsuit against your employer. However, it may be possible to pursue a workers’ compensation claim while also filing a lawsuit against a negligent driver in a work-related car accident.
Before moving forward, be sure to speak with an attorney.
Our Oakland workers’ compensation attorneys at Pacific Workers', The Lawyers for Injured Workers can help you recognize your options. We help you understand which legal avenues are available to you, safeguarding your rights to pursue maximum compensation and protecting you every step of the way.