For many, the idea of sitting behind a desk all day is a nightmare. As such, pursuing a job that requires you to be on the road as part of your duties seems enticing. However, when you are injured while traveling for work-related responsibilities, knowing how to proceed can be confusing. You may wonder who can face liability and whether or not this constitutes a worker’s compensation situation. If this reflects your circumstances, you’ll want to keep reading to learn how a Sacramento personal injury lawyer can help you navigate these complex matters and recover the compensation you deserve following an on-the-job car accident.
What Constitutes Being On the Job?
Generally, any time you preform work-related duties, you are considered on the job. This most likely does not include time spent driving to and from work before your contracted hours start. However, if you travel between multiple locations throughout the day because it is required for your job, and the accident occurs then, this constitutes an on-the-job accident.
Additionally, if you are running an errand for your employer when the accident happens, this is considered in the scope of your employment. Finally, if you must travel for work, such as attending a mandatory conference, this will also likely be deemed in the scope of your job responsibilities.
As such, if you are injured while on the job, your employer will likely face liability. You can file a worker’s compensation claim to recover payment for the damages you’ve endured.
What Steps Must I Take After an On-the-Job Accident?
Following an on-the-job accident, you must the necessary steps to seek the compensation you deserve. You should begin by calling 911, regardless of how severe the accident seems. Additionally, you should request emergency medical technicians at the scene to evaluate those involved for injuries, even if you feel fine. This can help ensure you have established medical care should you develop an injury later.
After you’ve called the police, you should also contact your employer. They can help ensure you follow company policy on how to proceed at the scene of the collision. If you were driving a company vehicle, they can provide you with the insurance information for the car if you do not already have it.
If your employer tries to claim the accident happened outside of the scope of your responsibilities, it can impact your ability to recover compensation. As such, it’s in your best interest to connect with an experienced attorney to discuss these matters. At the Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes, we understand how confusing these matters can be. As such, we will do everything possible to assist you during these challenging times. Contact us today to learn how we will fight for you.