Car Accidents While Working
The Barnstable car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III are experienced personal injury attorneys who have been representing clients in car accident and other cases since 1994. For those who are injured in a crash while working, we fight aggressively to ensure that your employer appropriately compensates you for your injury and provides the financial support you need to get back on your feet. We also go after any responsible third parties, such as a negligent driver or manufacturer. We are committed to providing comprehensive, personalized legal services to the clients we represent.Vehicle Accidents on the Job Are Common
Travel is a big part of many people's jobs, whether it involves calling on clients in your local community or sales region, hauling freight from a factory to a warehouse, or attending out of town meetings and conferences. With life on the road comes the very real possibility of an accident. The state highway safety division reports that more than 135,000 car accidents happen in Massachusetts each year, including many that involve drivers or passengers who are on the job at the time of the crash. Approximately 4,000 people are seriously injured in vehicle collisions statewide each year and another 400 are killed.Workers' Compensation for Car Accidents on the Job
A person injured in a car accident while working generally has the right to workers' compensation benefits from his or her employer. Most employers are required to carry this form of insurance, which kicks in automatically when a person is injured on the job, avoiding the need for costly and timely litigation. Workers' compensation benefits include money for medical and doctors' bills, not to mention prescriptions and mileage for travel to and from doctors' offices and treatment centers. An employee who is unable to work due to the injury is also entitled to be paid a certain percentage (usually 60 percent for people who are deemed incapacitated on a temporary basis) of weekly wages.
Because workers' compensation benefits are extensive and often costly, the insurance companies responsible for paying them out often fight benefits claims. One typical argument that insurers like to make is that the injured employee had a "pre-existing condition" prior to the accident that has rendered the person unable to work. In other words, the insurer will argue that the worker was already injured when the accident occurred. It's important for a person seeking benefits to consult an experienced attorney in order to develop the strongest possible claim and prepare for this and any other defenses the insurer may raise.Suing for Car Crash Injuries
Just as in any other type of car accident, a person injured in a crash on the job also has the right to sue the driver who caused the accident for damages. These collisions include:
The damages available in these and other car accident cases may include money for medical costs, missed wages (filling the gap between you normal wage and workers' comp benefits), property damage, and pain and suffering.How We Can Help You
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, we have more than 146 years of combined experience representing clients in a wide range of car accident and other personal injury cases. We understand how to prove these cases, we know what judges and juries are looking for, and we are skilled in negotiating with insurers and other opponents. In fact, founding partner John C. Manoog III began his career working for an insurance company, an experience that gives him unique insight in representing clients in injury claims. Through the Massachusetts Bar Association, Mr. Manoog teaches other lawyers how to handle, try, and negotiate automobile accident cases.
Don't just take our word for it. Look at the results: recent victories for our clients include settlements of $1.56 million for the family of a motorist killed in an accident and $1 million for a person who suffered facial injuries in a crash.Experienced Representation When You Need it Most
With offices in Hyannis and Plymouth, our Massachusetts personal injury attorneys proudly serve clients throughout the state. We offer appointments on evenings and weekends, and will even come to you if you are not able to travel to one of our offices. Call us at (888) 262-6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.