Working injuries that result from auto accidents are among the most common and complex claims an experienced Louisiana workers’ compensation law firm can handle.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports someone dies in an auto accident every 12 minutes in the United States. Someone is injured every 5 seconds. Many of these accidents involve employees who were on the job. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the average injury crash costs an employer $74,000,while fatal crash costs can exceed $500,000.
Those who are injured in a traffic collision while on the job are best served by immediate consultation with an experienced work injury lawyer in New Orleans, Covington or Raceland, that also has significant experience in handling auto accident litigation.
At Wanko Law, we focus exclusively on fighting for the rights of employees and their families after all types of job accidents, including many auto accidents.
The good news for employees who are injured in a traffic collision on the job is that there are often more avenues for recovery in the wake of a job-related motor-vehicle accident. The bad news is that each party will attempt to shift the blame to someone else.
Workers’ compensation insurance covers most Louisiana employees who are injured on the job by providing a wide range of benefits, from medical care and rehabilitation, to lost wages and disability benefits, regardless of who was at fault. The system aims to provide timely benefits to injured workers and families. But in exchange employees are generally prohibited from suing an employer for personal injury or wrongful death.
However, a third-party may be pursued for damages if it can be determined such parties caused or contributed to the accident or injury. This can include an at-fault driver not employed by a victim’s employer, an at-fault party’s insurance carrier, a victim’s own auto insurance carrier, a property owner, or any other party that can be found negligent or liable.
Proper investigation of all of the facts and circumstances of your collision, and identifying all of the parties responsible, are critical steps to making a comprehensive claim for damages after a work-related auto accident in Louisiana.
There are many complications that arise in such cases, including:
At Wanko Law, we believe early consultation with an experienced work injury lawyer in New Orleans, Raceland or Covington, is a vital first step when it comes to protecting your rights and the financial well-being of you and your family following a work accident. But that is particularly true after a serious or fatal motor vehicle accident. In many cases, there can be significant benefit to pursuing all or part of a claim against a specific liable party. In every case, identifying all liable parties and avenues of recovery are vital to making a comprehensive damage claim and winning all of the benefits to which you are entitled.
Often, acceptance of payment from one party can reduce your ability to collect a more significant damage award from another liable party. In each case, you will be fighting for fair compensation against a team of experienced insurance adjusters, investigators, and legal and medical experts focused on reducing their own liability, and paying as little as possible on your claim.
If you have been injured, call day or night for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 985-893-6530.
Indemnity/Lost Wages — weekly payments based upon your average weekly wage; you will receive 66% of your average weekly wage capped at a maximum rate
Medical and/or Death — covers all necessary and reasonable medical treatment, including doctors visits, diagnostic tests, hospital stays, surgery, physical therapy, etc.
Mileage Reimbursement — travel related expenses to and from health care provider, pharmacy, etc. Vocational Rehabilitation program designed to retrain you in an attempt to return you to work for your previous employer, or find new work.