A car accident can ruin your plans for the rest of your day and potentially longer. If you’re in a car accident while you’re on the clock, however, the accident affects your job performance at work and those that rely on you. The accident raises questions about your job security and who may be responsible for your medical bills. Here’s what to do if you’re in a car accident during work hours.
- Take the same steps at the scene as you would for any accident.
Get to a safe place, call 911 or your local emergency number, and gather information from others involved in the accident and from eyewitnesses. Don’t comment on how injured you think you are; instead, seek medical attention as soon as you can.
- Report the accident to your employer as soon as you can.
If you were driving as part of your job, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance may cover many of the costs related to your injury, such as medical expenses, partial pay for disability leave, or even job retraining. To start the process of protecting your right to workers’ compensation, tell your employer about the accident as soon as you can.
When you report your accident, your employer must give you the name and address of their workers’ compensation insurer, the policy number, and the date the coverage expires. Your employer may also have you see a doctor of their choice for a one-time evaluation of your injuries. You can choose to keep seeing this doctor, or see a doctor at your choosing for follow-up care.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions and keep notes of your progress.
It’s tempting to rush back to work after an injury, but following your doctor’s instructions will help you avoid additional injury and protect any legal claim you have against another party, such as the driver at fault for the accident, and the claim against your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer.
As you recover, keep a daily log or journal of your progress. If new symptoms appear, write them down, along with your doctor’s advice for treating them. Your journal can help you keep track of your medical care and help you build a case for the compensation you need.
- Talk to a lawyer.
A car accident claim can become more complicated once workers’ compensation is involved. To ensure that your rights are being protected, talk to an attorney. Your lawyer can help negotiate this complex terrain to secure the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on healing.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The attorneys at the Folger Law Firm are dedicated to helping our clients seek the compensation they need and deserve. We work on a contingency basis, so you won’t pay fees unless we recover for you. Contact us today to learn more.
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