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When most people think of workplace injuries, they think of injuries that occur due to slip and falls, tool mishaps, lacerations, and other incidents that happen at a job site. However, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of workplace injuries.
But what about the drive to and from work? Are employees entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they get into an accident during their commute?
The answer to these questions can be complicated, and whether or not a worker is entitled to compensation depends on various factors related to the particular situation.
The first question that many people ask is whether or not California workers’ compensation will cover car accident injuries at all. The answer is, yes, if a worker sustains a car accident injury, they may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, in order for a California worker to be eligible for workers’ compensation coverage, their injury has to have occurred while they were performing duties defined within the scope of their employment. In some cases, an employee is required to operate a motor vehicle. If they get into an accident and are injured while working, they should be entitled to coverage.
In general, the answer as to whether or not workers’ compensation benefits are available for an injury that occurs during a worker’s commute is no, they will not be covered. An employee’s commute is generally not considered part of their workplace duties. However, there are some instances in which a worker may receive coverage in these instances. This could include:
If you or somebody you love has sustained an injury during your commute to or from work, you may wonder if you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. You may need to speak to a skilled Orange County workers’ compensation lawyer about your case to ensure that you are being treated fairly. At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo today, we have extensive experience handling every type of work injury case. We pledge to investigate your case in order to secure the compensation you need. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling (714) 783-2205.