Is My Auto Accident Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2013, at least two out of every five fatal work injuries resulted from a motor vehicle accident. If you or someone you care about has been involved in a job-related vehicle accident, you may have questions you’d like answered.

It is important to note that New Jersey’s workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system, which means that there is no need to prove who is responsible for the work accident in order to recover compensation. You need only demonstrate that you or your loved one was injured during the course of employment.  However, if the auto accident happened while traveling to or from work, it is likely that your workers’ compensation will be denied because you were not operating or a passenger in your vehicle as a function of your job. It is strongly suggested that you reach out to an experienced attorney to ensure that your appropriate benefits are afforded.

In the event that another driver is responsible for a vehicle accident that occurred while on the job, you may be eligible to file a third-party claim against the negligent driver, in addition to filing for workers’ compensation benefits.  In many cases, if your third-party personal injury claim is successful, you may be expected to reimburse the workers’ compensation insurance provider for the money they’ve paid for your medical treatment, also known as a workers’ compensation lien.

The work injury attorneys at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari have helped numerous New Jersey workers who have been injured while on the job. If you or someone you love has been harmed in a work-related auto accident, we can help you understand the legal options available to you. Call 973-845-4421 or contact us online to schedule a no-cost consultation.

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