Chicago, Illinois Work-Related Auto Accident Law Firm
Representing the Victims of Work-Related Auto Accidents
Work-related car accidents can happen just like any other auto accidents. Delivery vans, trucks, and taxis can all be involved in a motor vehicle accident just like any other motorist. Because the driver is on the job, however, additional legal issues may come into play.
At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our skilled Chicago car accident attorneys focus on representing victims of car accidents, including those motorists who are in work-related car accidents, with the full range of legal claims that may arise. If you have been in a work-related auto accident, contact our office at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Illinois work accident attorneys.
Employees who work injured in an auto accident while driving for work are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from his or her employer, regardless of who was at fault. If another party besides you or your employer is at fault for the accident, you may also be able to file a third party action against the negligent driver.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
State laws govern the distribution of workers’ compensation benefits. In Illinois, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act outlines the rights of injured workers. Under Illinois’s workers’ compensation laws, motorists who are injured in work-related auto accidents may be entitled to the following:
- Medical expenses
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD) – If you need to be off work to heal from your injuries, you are entitled to a weekly lost wage benefit.
- Partial Permanent Disability (PPD) – Also known as a lump sum settlement, this benefit is meant to compensate you for your injuries if you suffer from partial loss of the use of a body part.
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD) – If your injury leaves you unable to do any kind of work or you lose two of the same body parts (i.e. both hands), you are entitled to benefits for life.
- Wage Loss Differential – If your injury prohibits you for doing your job and you must take a lower paying job, you may be entitled to a benefit equal to two-thirds of the difference between the average gross weekly wages of each job.
- Vocational Retraining – If you cannot return to your job because of your injury, you may be entitled to compensation for retraining in another occupation.
- Survivor benefits – If a worker is killed on the job, his or her dependent heirs are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The victim’s family may also be entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim against any negligent third party.
If you have been injured in a work-related accident, the Chicago workplace accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office will work to get you the compensation that you deserve, through workers’ compensation benefits and any motor vehicle accident lawsuit that may be filed. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about what to do if you have been in a work-related auto accident.