Whether you work as a delivery person or have been sent out on a business errand, it is not uncommon for New York employees to get into a car accident during the course of a work day. As with all NY work-related accidents, you may file for workers’ compensation benefits if you have sustained injuries among other damages. You may also get additional financial support by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. In order to recover compensation, you must provide evidence that the at-fault driver was negligent and caused the collision.
When seeking workers’ compensation for any work-related injury, it is not necessary to prove negligence. The only thing that matters is that you were injured while performing your job duties. You can pursue financial support through workers’ comp if you were:
- Hit by a car on your employer’s property
- Were driving as a taxi driver, delivery worker, truck driver, or asked to drive while working
- Injured while unloading items from your vehicle for work
- Hurt while operating a vehicle for construction
- Struck by a work vehicle, including a truck or van
- Injured during your work hours
Depending on whether you file a personal injury claim or workers’ comp claim, you may be eligible for different benefits. Under a personal injury claim, you can get money for physical, emotional, and financial damages. You may get compensation from the at-fault driver for hospitalization, your medical treatment, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.
Workers’ compensation benefits, on the other hand, may cover your related medical bills as well as a portion of your lost wages. It is in your best interests to discuss your particular situation with a personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney to ensure that you are properly compensated.
Contact Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP for a FREE consultation regarding your on-the-job car crash.