What are my options if I get hurt in a crash while working?

Many people who live in and around Scranton regularly drive for their jobs. Aside from people who make their living by driving, many others have jobs that require them to travel frequently, whether it be across town or over a longer distance. Other workers, while they do not drive regularly, do occasionally run errands for their employers as part of their job duties.

Statistically speaking, it is no surprise that many motor vehicle accidents in Northeastern Pennsylvania involve at least one motorist who is on the clock.

If this motorist suffers a serious injury, they may have a number of legal options for getting the compensation they will need to recover financially and move on with life.

A worker injured in a motor vehicle accident is eligible for workers’ compensation

A Pennsylvania resident who gets hurt in car accident while on the clock is likely eligible to receive workers’ compensation.

In Pennsylvania, workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. This means the injured worker does not have to prove that another driver was negligent in order for them to get benefits.

On the other hand, workers’ compensation does not pay for everything. The program will reimburse most eligible medical bills and a portion of the victim’s lost wages for a period of time. It does not pay for non-economic losses like pain and suffering.

The accident victim may also be able to recover in a personal injury claim

Because workers’ compensation does not pay for all losses, a victim may also want to consider filing a personal injury case if a negligent driver caused their accident.

A personal injury claim against the motorist responsible for the accident can mean the victim will receive additional compensation, including compensation for their non-economic losses.