If you were injured in a car accident while on the job in Georgia, your medical care should be covered under your workers compensation claim. What some injury victims may not realize, however, is that if the accident occurred as the result of another driver’s negligence, it is possible to pursue an injury claim against the at-fault driver, as well.
Many types of jobs require driving in the course and scope of performing work duties. Whether in a company car or a personal vehicle, truck drivers, construction workers, and even office workers running work-related errands, are all in the course and scope of employment. If you were injured on the job, regardless of whether or not that injury occurred as an accident in the workplace or a collision on the road, you can pursue a workers compensation claim.
If you are on the job and involved in a motor vehicle accident that was someone else’s fault, you can pursue an injury claim against that person’s insurance company at the same time that you pursue a workers compensation claim. You should receive medical treatment at no cost to you, even emergency medical treatment, as part of your workers comp claim. After receiving emergency treatment, any additional medical care must be performed by an approved workers comp doctor. Your injury claim against the other driver, known as a third party claim, should compensate you for your lost wages and pain and suffering.
You are still able to pursue a workers compensation claim even if your third party injury claim is not successful. If the other driver wasn’t entirely at fault, for example, or if turns out the other driver does not have a valid insurance policy. You may still have a workers comp claim as long as you were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Handling a workers compensation claim or a third party negligence claim in Georgia can be difficult enough on its own, let alone trying to deal with two separate claims at the same time. If you were injured in a car accident while on the job, you should contact an experienced attorney right away. It is the only way to ensure that you have a successful workers comp claim as well as a winning injury case against the driver who caused the accident.