Whenever you are driving in New York City you are at risk of being involved in a car accident. If driving is part of your day-to-day job, you may be at even more risk of being in an accident the longer you spend behind the wheel.
While you may be conscious of traffic safety, you cannot control the actions of others on the road. Many victims injured in work-related car accidents do not know where to turn to seek compensation for their losses. If you drive for your job, it is important to know your rights as an employee in the event of an accident.
If you or a loved one were injured in a Queens work-related car accident, consult an attorney at Shulman & Hill. Depending on the nature of the accident, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits and/or a personal injury lawsuit. Schedule your free legal consultation today to learn more.
Queens Work-Related Car Accidents: Essential Information
It is important to be vigilant whenever you are behind the wheel. According to research from the CDC, auto accidents are among the leading causes of work-related deaths in the United States. Car accidents are relatively common in Queens when compared to the rest of the city: Statistics indicate Brooklyn is the only borough that sees more car accidents than Queens on a regular basis.
While you may practice driving safety and caution on a daily basis, you cannot control the actions and choices of others. Anyone is at risk of being injured in an auto accident.
Causes of Queens Work-Related Car Accidents
Common causes of work-related car accidents in Queens include—but are not limited to—the following:
- Drunk driving
- Sleep-deprived driving
- Hazardous road conditions
- Poor weather
- Vehicle defects
- Distracted driving
Seeking Compensation for a Queens Work-Related Car Accident
The injuries you sustain in any car accident will likely require medical treatment. Paying for these unexpected and expensive medical bills can be difficult. If you were severely injured, you may require long-term medical care and even surgery.
It can be even more of a challenge if your injuries temporarily restrict you from working until you recover or prevent you from ever returning to your job. Without the ability to earn a paycheck, you may struggle to pay your bills.
You might be able to recover compensation for these losses by filing a workers’ compensation claim. In New York State, most employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance so employees who sustain injuries on the job do not have to absorb the cost of their losses.
Do I Qualify for Workers’ Compensation After a Work-Related Car Accident in Queens?
Insurance companies may try to find ways to avoid paying claimants if they can. There is a chance your employer’s insurer will try to argue that you are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits because your accident occurred when you were technically not operating as an employee.
Here are some instances in which you might be entitled to workers’ compensation:
- You were involved in an accident while driving a company vehicle on company business
- You were making deliveries as part of your job
- You were running work-related errands upon the request of your supervisor
- You were transporting yourself and/or another employee to a job site during work hours
- You are a salesperson or other such employee and you were driving for work to meet a potential client during work hours
Examples of accidents that do not qualify as work-related may include:
- Being involved in an accident while driving on your lunch break
- Accidents that happen during your commute
- Driving during work hours to a personal appointment that did not pertain to your job
The Role of a Queens Work-Related Car Accident Law Firm
Before you file your workers’ compensation claim, you should consult an experienced Queens law firm. At Shulman & Hill, there are a few ways we can help you recover the compensation you may be entitled to.
Conducting an Investigation
To protect their bottom line, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer may not be inclined to provide you with benefits if they can find justification to deny your claim. That is why it is often necessary for our work-related car accident lawyers to thoroughly investigate your accident. Our investigation can potentially generate evidence that proves your accident was work-related.
Our investigation may also identify negligent parties who caused the accident. If another driver was at fault, our personal injury lawyers can help you file a personal injury lawsuit to recover additional compensation beyond what workers’ compensation provides.
Fighting on Your Behalf
If your employer’s insurer refuses to approve your workers’ compensation claim, our Queens attorneys can step in to help prove why you qualify for benefits. If necessary, we can present your case to a workers’ compensation judge.
If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit, our attorneys can negotiate for a fair settlement that covers the full extent of your losses: both past and future.
With a skilled attorney by your side, you can focus on your recovery while we negotiate aggressively on your behalf to reach a fair settlement.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill?
There is no need to worry whether your Queens lawyers are qualified to handle your case when you work with Shulman & Hill. Our meticulous approach has helped us recover hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation over the years.
We are happy to share how we have provided numerous clients just like you with the kind of dedicated representation that yields proven results. Call us today at 212-221-1000 or schedule a free consultation online to learn more.