Workers Injured in Motor Vehicle Accidents
Workers’ Compensation May Be Available to Motor Vehicle Accident Victims
There are a lot of jobs that require employees to travel. In Pennsylvania, if you are injured in an auto accident while in the course and scope of your duties, you can collect workers’ compensation. The knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. have 40 years of experience helping people throughout these particularly complex claims, so you can rest easier knowing that we are on your side.
Who is Covered?
Depending on the type of position you have and the circumstances of your accident, you may be covered under Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation laws. At our firm, we know that certain workers are more likely to make these types of claims – workers such as:
- Delivery drivers
- Employees traveling to mandatory company events, such as seminars
- EMTs and firefighters, if they are considered employees and not volunteers
- Highway workers
- Municipal workers, especially police officers
- Traveling nurses or home attendants
- Traveling salespeople who were visiting clients at the time of the accident
The most important part of eligibility lies in why you were in the car. For example, if you were simply commuting to work, you cannot collect workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania because you were not “on the clock” when the accident happened.
Challenges for Employees Making a Claim After a Work-Related Motor Vehicle Accident
If you are in an especially serious car accident, you may want to file a third-party lawsuit against the driver who hit you, in order to cover any medical expenses that workers’ compensation benefits do not. A third-party personal injury claim is known as subrogation. However, if the driver who caused the accident is uninsured or underinsured, you may face some difficulties recovering additional compensation. Under Pennsylvania law, you can still collect benefits even if the driver is not fully insured. You may benefit significantly by enlisting the aid of an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to help you through the process, as there are certain exclusions in policies that may or may not apply.
If your injury is serious enough to require several independent medical examinations (IMEs), there could be conflicting information sent to your insurance company and your employer, which can jeopardize your benefits as well. It is these types of challenges that the law firm of Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. handles so well. We can anticipate any problems that might arise and address them right away. Our experience in the areas of Social Security Disability, workers’ compensation, and personal injury make us an ideal choice for helping you obtain compensation or benefits through other means as well.
Trusted Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Help You After a Work-Related Motor Vehicle Accident
Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. has helped injured workers for more than four decades, and we want to help you, too. If you were hurt in an auto accident during the course of your duties, talk to a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at any of our multiple PA offices today. Please call 888-PITT-LAW or fill out our contact form. We proudly serve clients throughout Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County.