Can You Get Workers’ Compensation from an Auto Accident?

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Can You Get Workers’ Compensation from an Auto Accident?

A common legal question regarding car accidents is whether or not victims are eligible for workers’ compensation.  The answer of course, as with most things in the field of law, is “it depends”.  In general, if you’re commuting to work or otherwise off the clock, the answer is no, you are not eligible for workers’ compensation in the event of a car crash.  However, if you’re on the clock and driving, you generally are eligible for workers’ comp.  Every situation is unique, so it’s always best to consult with an attorney after an auto accident.

There are situational exceptions to the generalized rules.  For example, if you are commuting to work and are involved in a crash, you are probably not eligible for benefits.  But if you are commuting to work in company provided transportation, such as a bus or vanpool, you probably are eligible, even if you are technically off the clock.  Where the law may be murkier is if there is a combination of factors in play.  For example, would you be eligible for workers’ compensation if you are switching office locations on your lunch break and are involved in a car accident?  This is an often litigated question that can have different conclusions based on small variations in each case.

Regardless of the situation, if you have been injured in the course of your work, be sure to notify your employer immediately.

If you have been in a car accident in the course of your work duties and have questions as whether or not you are eligible for workers’ compensation, it’s best to contact a law firm experienced in both car accident law and workers’ compensation.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has been helping injured workers for decades.  For a free work injury consultation, call our attorneys today at 888-517-9888.

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