Being provided a work van for day to day use or while on the job is a perk, but it can quickly become a complicated matter if you are involved in an accident. Motor vehicle accidents can cause devastating physical and emotional injuries that require thousands of dollars in treatment. If you have been injured while driving a work van, you might be entitled to monetary damages for all of your losses. Contact our Phoenix work van accident lawyers and schedule a free consultation.
When work van collisions occur in the following scenarios, they are commonly considered to be on the job accidents and would qualify for workers’ compensation:
The following scenarios are when work van accidents are typically not covered, since they are considered outside the scope of their employment:
To discuss the specifics and find out if your accident qualifies, consult with a Phoenix work van accident attorney.
If you have been injured while driving a work van, you can typically depend on workers’ compensation, even if you were totally or partially at-fault. An Arizona employee is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they sustain a “personal injury by accident arising out of and in the course of employment,” according to A.R.S. 23-904. There are only two exceptions to this rule, as employers are not required to carry worker’s compensation insurance for independent contractors, or casual (i.e., occasional or sporadic) employees who are, “not in the usual business of the employer.”
Filing a workers’ compensation claim will provide payment for medical care and disability income while you are unable to work. However, benefits are limited and will not fully compensate you for all of your losses. If a third party was at fault, another driver, for instance, you might have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit if you can establish negligence or recklessness. Doing so would provide you with the opportunity to recover compensation for property damage, pain and suffering, and possibly punitive damages.
Determining liability for your work van accident may require the help of a Phoenix work can accident attorney familiar with cases involving company vehicles. Reach out to Torgenson Law, online or by calling (602) 726-0747, and receive a free, no-obligation consultation today.