Work-Related Motor Vehicle Accidents
If you were in a motor vehicle accident while performing work-related duties, there is a chance you could be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. This means you could receive payments to cover your medical costs and to provide you with continual payments while you are out of work. If your accident was caused by another driver, you might also be able to collect compensation from the other driver's insurance company.
It is important that you be aware of all your options for compensation and that you take all the steps necessary to receive the full settlement amount to which you are entitled. At The Law Office of Brian H. Sumrall, an Atlanta workers' compensation lawyer is available to provide legal guidance and representation during this process, which can become complex in certain situations. Employers and insurance companies sometimes try to avoid giving injured workers access to the fair compensation because they are too concerned about their own profitability.
Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents That Can Affect Employees
Many jobs required the use of trucks, trailers and other large vehicles for transporting merchandise, transporting people or performing other duties. In other instances, individuals use smaller vehicles, such as passenger cars, for work-related errands or activities. In both types of vehicles, accidents can occur, and they can lead to very serious injuries. Work-related motor vehicle accidents can also happen in a variety of settings, such as on a public street, on highways or freeways, and on industrial premises. Employees can even be injured in motor vehicle accidents while they are pedestrians, such as if they are hit by a vehicle while they are walking.
In the United States, motor vehicle-related accidents are the leading cause of the work-related deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To be exact, motor vehicles are involved in about 35 percent of occupational fatalities that are reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Proving the Accident Was Work Related
When you are trying to receive compensation for a work-related motor vehicle accident, you will need to show that the accident did in fact occur while you were performing work-related duties. Because there are some specific activities that might not be considered as legitimate work-related activities, it is best to have a lawyer guide you through the process and help you determine your rights as an injured worker.
If you feel that you are unfairly being denied workers' compensation benefits, an attorney can help you evaluate the state of Georgia's regulations related to workers' compensation and how they apply to your situation. The lawyer can also help you identify the cause of your injury, document your injuries and medical expenses and present a strong argument on your behalf. There are many grounds on which an employer, insurer or other driver could try to contest your workers' compensation claim. For example, they might argue that you actually the one who is at fault for the accident that caused the injury, that you did not actually receive the injuries you are claiming, or that you did not actually receive your injury while performing work duties.
Having the Right Attorney Represent Your Case
Over the past decade, Atlanta workers' compensation attorney Brian H. Sumrall has been handling all types of workers' compensation cases. Whenever he represents clients, he makes sure to vigorously pursue the maximum amount of payment for those individuals so they can receive the support and recovery they need. He is not only able to help clients correctly file for workers' compensation claims, but he also helps them file workers' compensation appeals when unfair denials occur.
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