Motor vehicles are a necessary component for many businesses to work quickly and efficiently. Employees hop in cars to travel to and from work sites, operate forklifts to move equipment, or cruise along in trucks to deliver products to clients.
When workers hop into a motor vehicle for work though, they put themselves at risk. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports that in 2013 alone there were 124,149 reported traffic crashes in our state, leading to more than 1,200 deaths and 83,000 injuries. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention further state that 36 percent of occupational fatalities reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics are associated with motor vehicles, and 1,275 workers died each year in crashes on public highways between 2003 and 2010.
Of course, even if a vehicle accident at work only causes minor injuries, it can still result in significant costs associated with medical expenses and other related effects. And if you need help recovering compensation for injuries suffered in a crash at work, use the following information as a guide and contact the vehicle accident attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC for help.
Recovering Payment Through Workers’ Compensation
Employees in Pennsylvania are able to recover payment for any injuries sustained at work through the workers’ compensation system. The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system is meant to compensate workers who sustained injuries in a variety of ways while on the job and who need help paying for resulting damages.
You must establish you were in an accident while performing work-related tasks when the vehicle accident occurred – if you were driving to or from work, this may not be sufficient. Talk to vehicle accident attorneys at our firm about your traffic accident and whether it qualifies as work-related.
Injured workers may recover partial wages lost while recovering in a workers' compensation claim, as well as receive medical treatment paid for by the employer's workers' compensation insurance company. Other benefits may also be available via the workers' compensation system. An injured worker may pursue damages via an insurance claim on his or her own policy or with another driver's policy if another party is liable for the accident.
It is important to note that almost all employers in Pennsylvania are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which must cover even part-time and seasonal workers.
Contact Our Vehicle Accident Attorneys if Your Employer Tries to Deny You Benefits
A motor vehicle accident can be traumatic, and ideally an employer and the insurance company will approve benefits immediately thereafter. In some cases though, this may not happen. An employer may try to claim that the crash was a result of drug or alcohol intoxication. Or an employer may claim you were not performing work-related tasks at the time of the accident and therefore are not entitled to workers' compensation.
In such cases, get in touch with our vehicle accident attorneys to work with the insurance company and other parties that might be liable. Our lawyers can help you exercise your rights to compensation via workers' compensation or other options.
Contact the Vehicle Accident Lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC
If you are in this situation, call our attorneys today at Cordisco & Saile LLC. We can provide assistance to you to help recover the compensation to which you're entitled. Whether your employer denies you benefits or you just have questions about the workers’ compensation system, we can be of service. Call us as soon as you can at 215-642-2335 to set up your consultation. You also can contact us online.