It may be possible to recover compensation from more than one source if you are injured in a work-related car accident.
Georgia workers' compensation pays benefits for car accidents if you were driving as a part of your job, regardless of who was at fault. If the accident was caused by another driver, you would also have the right to make a personal injury claim against the other driver's insurance company and file suit against the at-fault driver, if necessary.
When is a car accident work-related?
A car accident is work-related if you are driving as a part of your job. Examples include:
- Traveling on company business
- Calling on a customer
- Delivering products or services
- Driving to a work meeting or event
However, your regular commute to and from work does not count as work-related.
What benefits can I get from workers compensation laws?
Georgia workers' compensation will pay your medical bills and prescriptions. If you are unable to work due to your injuries, it will also two-thirds of your lost wages, up to the maximum weekly benefit established by the Georgia Workers' Compensation Act.
If you suffer a permanent impairment from your injury, you can also recover a Permanent Partial Disability benefits based on your percentage of impairment.
What compensation can I get through Personal Injury laws, if the other driver was at-fault?
Filing a personal injury lawsuit allows you to seek compensation for:
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
An experienced lawyer can help you maximize your compensation in a claim where workers' compensation and personal injury law both apply.