What to Do When Drivers Are Injured on the Job

February 26, 2020

If you’re a driver who was injured on the job in Redding, CA, you might be wondering what to do next. After all, we’ve all heard horror stories about insurance and an employer refusing to compensate someone for their injury—even when it’s impossible for them to go back to work before they fully heal. Some companies will argue that the injury didn’t happen on the job, or perhaps that the injuries aren’t as serious as alleged.

Drivers injured during the course and scope of their employment may be entitled to file both a worker’s comp case as well as a personal injury suit. The two systems can both offer aid to injured victims, but those attempting to navigate them without professional help may end up losing important benefits, or even their entire case altogether! As such, the most important thing for those trying to file a personal injury claim arising from an on-the-job injury is to call a qualified personal injury attorney right away.

How to protect yourself

When an accident occurs, follow these steps to document your injuries and protect your right to file a claim:

  • Report the accident to the police: The first and most important thing to do is report the accident to the police immediately. Not only is it required by the law in most instances, but this will help document the situation. Be sure you exchange insurance information with any other involved parties.
  • Document the accident and your injuries: In addition to getting a copy of the police report, you should also document the accident in your own words. Add the date, time, location, descriptions of the other vehicle(s) and what happened. Take photos of the scene and get the names and contact information for any witnesses.
  • Seek medical attention: Even if you don’t think you’re injured, it’s a good idea to go get checked out by a doctor right away. If you don’t get checked out by a doctor quickly, the insurance carrier will probably assume you were not injured in the accident. Some issues, like whiplash, may not manifest until several days after the accident.
  • Call an attorney: To decide how to best proceed, you should contact both a worker’s compensation and personal injury attorney. They’ll be able to tell you whether you have a case that’s worth pursuing, and what the chances are of getting help.
  • Report the incident to your workplace: Finally, you’ll need to report the accident to your employer—most California employers require their employees notify them of an incident as soon as possible. Be factual and provide your written and photographic documentation, unless your attorney counsels you to do otherwise.

Drivers injured on the job in Redding, CA? Call an attorney today

The Law Offices of Max G. Arnold, Inc. offers personal injury representation to clients in Redding and beyond. With decades of combined experience, our skilled legal team is devoted to standing up for your rights so you’re fairly compensated for your injuries. If you’ve been injured on the job by the negligence of another party and having trouble receiving the compensation you believe you deserve, call our office today. We can help make sure you’re reimbursed for your pain and suffering. Reach out to arrange a consultation—we look forward to assisting you soon.

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