Even though the office job might still be the first thing that comes to peoples’ minds when they think about “the workplace,” many Americans are actually on-the-go all the time for their careers. While it can be nice to get out of home base and get some fresh air, employees that run errands on behalf of their companies are put at risk of being in a serious car accident. If such an unfortunate event happens, are they eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits while they recover?
It is a tricky question, to say the least, as the answer depends on proving that they were driving to complete a work-related task. Not only that, but the task may need to come directly from a superior, not something that the individual took upon themselves to complete.
Examples of people who need to drive due to their job titles include:
- Food delivery staff
- Mail couriers
- Shuttle drivers
- Bus drivers (public transportation)
- Commercial truckers
- Onsite technicians
It should be noted that driving to and from work is unlikely to qualify as “necessary travel” for a workers’ compensation case. You could get to your workplace in any number of ways and your employer is not dictating that you choose one over another.
Is Workers’ Comp Possible After a Car Accident?
The outcome of a workers’ compensation case is always centered on the details, especially in matters involving car accidents. If you are found liable for the collision, you may stand to lose some of your possible workers’ comp benefits. If your accident took place on a route that seems out of the way or unrelated to your job’s duties, your benefits could be lessened.
There are so many little variables in a situation like this, the only sure way to know you are handling the case correctly could be to team up with one of our California workers’ comp lawyers from Alvandi Law Group, P.C. With more than 10 years of legal experience and a highly-skilled staff with a record of success, we may be able to get you down the path of recovery without extra stress added onto your shoulders. Call (800) 980-6905 today.