Motor vehicle crashes may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of dangerous on-the-job accidents, but these incidents are actually the leading cause of work-related injuries and deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, approximately 22,000 workers died in occupational-related vehicle accidents from 2003 to 2014.
Workers who survive an on-the-job vehicle accident can find themselves suffering from a wide range of serious injuries, such as:
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
- Broken or crushed bones
- Head traumas, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord damage, which may result in temporary or permanent partial or total paralysis
- Lost limbs
Such injuries can translate to a substantial amount of unanticipated medical debt—which can be particularly distressing when the employee is out of work recovering from his injuries. However, in Delaware, workers injured in occupational vehicle crashes are not without legal recourse. Delaware law allows workers who were hurt in motor vehicle accidents that occurred during the scope of their employment to collect workers' compensation benefits, such as accident-related medical expenses, lost wages, and disability payments. Workers involved in an on-the-job vehicle accident should report the incident to their employer and request medical treatment as soon as possible to start the workers' compensation claims process.
Additionally, workers injured in work-related motor vehicle accidents caused by the negligence of another person or entity may be able to file a separate personal injury claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party. A personal injury claim allows injured workers to pursue a wider range of compensation for damages, including physical pain and suffering, mental and emotional anguish, and more.
Consult an Experienced Workers' Compensation Attorney
If you were injured in an accident at work, it's important to ensure that your rights are protected. The knowledgeable workers' compensation attorneys with the Morris James Personal Injury Group can review your case, and help you understand your legal rights and options for compensation. Contact the Morris James Personal Injury Group today to schedule a free initial case consultation.