• Nov
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Have You Been Injured On the Job in a Workplace Vehicle Accident?

    Advice from an Attorney to Get Fair Compensation

    When you hear about a car accident, there’s a good chance that you picture commuters on a highway or suburban road, reckless or drunk drivers, people on their way to or from the supermarket or shopping mall or running other every day errands. The truth is that a high percentage of the accidents that occur on America’s roadways are work related – in fact, vehicle accidents account for some of the most common workplace injuries. If you have been injured on the job in a workplace vehicle accident, then it’s important that you know your legal rights. The law firm of Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC have some important advice on how to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

    The first thing that you need to know is that if you were on the job when you were in an accident, there’s a good chance that your medical expenses and a good portion of your lost wages will be paid for by workers’ compensation. Worker’s compensation is a no fault insurance policy that most employers are required to provide for their employees. Though having workers’ compensation coverage precludes you from filing a lawsuit against your employer, you are still able to pursue a third party lawsuit against others who may have been involved in your accident. For example, if your accident was caused by negligence on the part of a fellow employee, another driver, or even the manufacturer or company that provided maintenance for the vehicle that caused the accident, they may be held legally responsible and you may be able to sue them for compensation for other damages.

    There are many different types of workplace vehicle accidents that can take place, and some occupations have a higher risk for these types of incidents than others. The most common jobs in which these accidents occur are those that use large vehicles and trucks. Construction, manufacturing, oil and gas and mining account for many of them, in large part because their vehicles are in such challenging environments or carry such heavy or dangerous loads. The vehicles themselves can also present difficulties. Far beyond passenger cars, workplace accidents can involve

    • Dump trucks
    • Light rail cars
    • Tractors
    • Forklifts
    • Trains
    • Tractor trailers and more

    In many workplace environments, accidents can be a result of poor supervision or management, or by other contractors that interfere with a driver’s ability to do their job in a safe way. Having an experienced workplace injury attorney on your side means that the circumstances surrounding your accident will be carefully reviewed and investigated in order to determine exactly who is at fault and make sure that they are held legally responsible.  The lawyers at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC are dedicated to uncovering the truth and making sure that those who are negligent pay for the injury you have suffered. Call us today for more information.

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