Most employees have had to run an errand or travel for their job and the CDC reports that "motor vehicle-related incidents are consistently the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the United States". If you have sustained injuries from a motor vehicle accident while performing work related duties, you may be eligible to receive worker's compensation benefits that cover medical costs, lost time at work and permanent disability. Moreover, if the auto accident was another driver's fault, you can file a personal injury claim in addition to the workers compensation case, and the experienced team of accident injury lawyers at Lipkin & Apter can help.
Work-related motor vehicle accidents occur across professions and industries. From "professional" drivers, responsible for driving cargo, goods or people to office employees running an errand for their job risk being injured in a car accident every time they get behind the wheel. The types of personal injuries people sustain, including brain injuries, paralysis, blindness, loss of a limb or severe disfigurement, can require costly medical treatment and therapy and impact your ability to work in the short and long term. As with any other personal injury or death that occurs while performing work-related duties, you are protected under worker's comp laws.
The U.S Department of Labor states that on average, from 2003-2010:
- 1,275 workers died each year from crashes on public highways
- 311 workers died each year in crashes that occurred off the highway or on industrial premises.
- 338 pedestrian workers died each year as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle.
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For all employees who drive on the job, whether regularly or not often, safety is the number one priority. Even the safest of drivers can be involved in car accidents, and injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident can result in serious and lasting health problems. Whether you sustain an injury to the head or brain, spinal cord or back, neck, leg, arm or shoulder, your life could be changed forever. The emotional and financial strain this can have on you and your family calls for legal representation, to protect your rights and your future. Whether your employer or their insurance company is underestimating your injury or you simply have questions on your legal rights, contact our Chicago law firm to talk with our team of experienced Illinois workers compensation lawyers. The personal injury attorneys at Lipkin & Apter are well qualified to represent your interests and are effective at gaining compensation for our clients.