Hollywood FL Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
What happens when you get into a car accident while traveling to/from work or for work? Are you entitled to workers’ compensation benefits? Generally speaking, your commute to and from work are considered “off the clock” hours and you won’t be eligible for workers’ compensation if you get into a car accident during this time. Although the travel is job-related, it is typically not a compensable scenario. Most of the time, you need to physically be at the office or otherwise “on the clock” when you’re injured in order to qualify for worker’s compensation benefits.
As with all rules, however, there are several notable exceptions to this general principle. As a result, it’s generally a good idea to speak with a Hollywood, FL workers’ compensation lawyer before making any assumptions about your situation. Too often, workers either assume that they’re eligible for benefits or dismiss the idea that they might be entitled to benefits before they’ve received experienced legal guidance. By speaking with the team at Franks, Koenig, & Neuwelt, you’ll place yourself in a position to make an informed decision about whether or not to submit a workers’ compensation claim for your auto accident.
As you’re preparing to meet with an experienced Hollywood, FL workers’ compensation lawyer at our firm, consider the following instances, in which a work-related car accident may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. This information will provide you with a solid introduction to this particular legal issue. When questions arise, make sure to write them down so that we can answer them when you meet with our team.
First Exception: Traveling Is your Job
If you drive a truck, bus, delivery van, taxi or other vehicle as your primary job duty or a major job duty, your vehicle is your workplace. Therefore, a car accident “on the clock” would be covered under workers’ compensation. It should be noted, however, that if you drive a personal vehicle on your way to or from the base of operations where your work vehicle is kept, the commute to and from work would probably not be covered.
Second Exception: Traveling to Different Job Sites During A Shift
Most people have just one office to go to each day. But if you work in construction or some other industry that has you traveling to multiple sites throughout the day, any accidents that occur during such travel would likely be eligible for compensation.
Third Exception: Traveling on a Business Trip
Let’s say you go to another city or state for a work conference. Whenever you are traveling during the trip, you are covered for any accidents that occur. Even if you weren’t doing something work-related at the time of the crash, the whole trip is likely to be considered “on the clock” time as far as accident coverage is concerned.
Fourth Exception: Running Errands for Your Boss
Commuting to work would normally not be covered. But on a particular day, your boss has asked you to pick up coffee for her on the way into work. If you get into an accident on that trip, it would likely be compensable because you were performing a “special mission” for your employer – even if the task wasn’t work-related. If you’re concerned about proving that an otherwise non-work related trip was work-related, our Hollywood, FL workers’ compensation lawyer team can help.
Fifth Exception: You’ve Got a Company Car
Commuting in your own vehicle is typically not covered. But in most states, driving a company-owned vehicle is covered (even during the commute). This exception has many caveats, so it is important to check with an experienced Hollywood, FL workers’ compensation lawyer about whether it would apply in your situation.
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We are proud to help injured workers better understand their rights and seek the compensation they deserve. To discuss your case with an experienced Hollywood, Florida workers’ compensation lawyer, contact our office to arrange an initial consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.