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Know what to do as a victim of a workplace car crash

You drive for work every day, and it's hard to imagine that your job could be any more dangerous than anything else you do. In fact, there's a lot of freedom in being a driver in Modesto, since you can stop when you need to and take a break.

Unfortunately, drivers are at risk of being involved in crashes that can result in injuries. Whether those injuries are minor or severe, they are sure to put a damper on your day.

What do you have to do if you're hit by another vehicle while driving for work?

If you are employed to drive or are driving while on the clock, then your employer should cover your injuries through workers' compensation. This compensation isn't typically provided if you're hit driving to or from work off the clock, but if you're hit during work hours, you may be able to make a claim.

When you're hit, you should let your employer know right away, so that they can help you start the claims process. It's in your best interests to file that claim as soon as possible, so that your workers' compensation claim can be approved and you can receive coverage for medical costs, lost wages and other financial losses.

Keep in mind that receiving workers' compensation does prevent you from suing, so if you intend to sue over an employer's negligence or other issues, you may wish to speak with your attorney first. Most employees take workers' compensation, so that they can begin receiving their earned benefits right away.

Do you have to go to the hospital after a work-related crash?

You don't necessarily have to go by ambulance, but it's a good idea to go to the hospital or a workers' compensation medical provider approved by your employer's insurance as soon as you can. The appointment serves as documentation of your injury and also allows you to receive the full exam you need to determine if you have serious injuries. If you do, you'll want to begin receiving treatment as soon as you can, so that you are not left with complications as a result of delaying treatment.

Your employer can help you file a claim. If they don't want to help you with this, your attorney can help you start the process. If your claim is denied, your attorney will help you appeal it, so that you can continue to get the medical care you need.

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