It is a simple fact of working life that many people drive in the course of their employment. This can be for individuals who are working in a variety of fields, which range from delivery services and truck driving to construction work. Of course, driving has its dangers – so if someone is injured while he or she is on the job, what options do they have? If someone is involved in a workplace accident in a company vehicle, he or she may be able to receive workers’ compensation.
Most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which helps provide financial support for employees who are hurt on the job by compensating them while they are off from work. One of the important things to consider is if the accident is considered work-related. What, however, is a work-related injury?
A work-related accident is an injury that happens when someone is performing a service or work for an employer in the course of one’s employment. It can become very technical, but a worker is generally covered while he or she is at work or, in some cases, in a company-owned vehicle. One requirement for workers’ compensation is that employees have to be doing some kind of work-related activity. If there is a work-sponsored event, an employer may have responsibility for any injuries that occur.
While this is not considered legal advice or the basis of a workers’ compensation suit, a work-related injury is generally something that happens while someone is at work or performing duties for his or her job. Workers’ compensation can sometimes cover injuries that are sustained in a company-related vehicle. If someone is hurt in an accident, his or her first priority should be getting proper treatment. Once treatment has occurred, filing for workers’ compensation can help provide for lost income.
Source: FindLaw, “What Types of Injuries are Compensable Under Workers’ Compensation?,” accessed on Aug. 15, 2014