If I was hurt in a collision caused by another driver while I was working, can I sue the driver of the car that hit me?
Yes, if you are injured in a car accident while on the job, you can file a legal claim against a negligent driver responsible for the wreck. You can seek compensation through this “third-party claim” in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ compensation is a state-run program that pays you certain benefits for job-related injuries or illness. Workers’ comp law precludes you from finding fault with your employer’s actions pertaining to your injury or illness and bars you from suing them.
But others connected to work-related injuries are not protected from legal action. This is why you can pursue a personal injury lawsuit against an at-fault driver if you are in a car accident while on the job.
Contact Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins and learn more about how we can help you with a personal injury, wrongful death or workers’ compensation claim.
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