You probably have some idea of what you should do if you get hurt in a car accident, but what happens if that crash was an on-the-job car accident? Does that complicate matters or make it harder to pursue compensation? A Washington, D.C. workplace accident lawyer can tell you more about what you need to do.
Can I Get Workers’ Comp After an On-The-Job Car Accident?
If this was an on-the-job car accident, you should be eligible for workers’ compensation. This was something you were doing as part of your job duties. It’s just like getting hurt on a worksite.
You just need to know your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider so that you can submit a claim. Once you do that, they can evaluate your claim and send you a settlement. It’s important to note that workers’ compensation generally only reimburses people for economic losses, like medical expenses and lost wages. It is not designed to make up for pain and suffering, like compensation from a lawsuit would.
If you are an independent contractor, things could get complicated. You may still have legal options, but you should really talk to a lawyer to figure out the best path forward.
Can I Sue Someone Over an On-The-Job Car Accident?
So does this mean that you can file a lawsuit? In some cases, yes. You cannot sue your employer though. This is the reason why they have workers’ compensation insurance. You make your claim through that insurer and the business between you and your employer is considered complete.
You can file a third-party accident claim though. If you got into an on-the-job car accident, it likely involved another driver. If you think that another driver caused the crash, then you may be able to sue them and hold them accountable. In a case like this you could collect non-economic damages, like reimbursement for pain, mental anguish, and psychological trauma.
What Should I Do After an Accident?
After an accident, you need to take steps to document evidence and protect yourself from accusations of fault. This is true whether you are submitting a workers’ comp claim or suing a third party later. We recommend:
- Calling the cops to the scene
- Exchanging insurance info with other drivers
- Getting contact info for witnesses
- Avoiding making statements to cops or insurance companies, even your own
- Taking pictures of the accident scene, the damage to the vehicles, and your injuries
- Getting medical care as soon as possible
Contact Our Law Firm
If you have any questions about applying for workers’ comp or suing a third party, our lawyers can help you. Contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC and ask to schedule a consultation today. We would be happy to tell you more about how we can be of assistance.