When are car accident injuries eligible for workers’ comp?

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, motor vehicle accidents are unfortunately common occurrences.

When such accidents happen during the course of employment, questions may arise regarding eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits.

On-the-job travel

When injuries occur while an employee is driving for job-related travel, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation. This includes injuries sustained while driving a company vehicle. It may even cover damages from a work-related trip. The key factor is that the individual must be carrying out duties associated with their employment at the time of the accident.

Work-related errands

In some cases, employees may incur injuries while running errands or performing tasks for their employer. If the errand is directly related to their job responsibilities, injuries sustained during these activities may make them eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. It is important to establish a clear connection between the errand and the scope of employment.

Commuting considerations

Injuries sustained during the daily commute to and from work are not eligible for workers’ compensation. Exceptions may exist if the individual is running a work-related errand during their commute or if they are using a company vehicle. Determining eligibility in commuting-related accidents requires careful consideration of the specific circumstances surrounding the incident.

Reporting and documentation

It is important for employees to promptly report any work-related motor vehicle accidents to their employer. Timely reporting and thorough documentation of the incident strengthen the case for workers’ compensation benefits.

In 2022, more than 120,000 car accidents happened on Massachusetts roads. If involved in one while on the clock, injuries sustained may be eligible for workers’ compensation.

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