There are many employees across Ohio who are required to travel as part of their job. People who work in the transportation industry, sales representatives and those who travel to clients’ homes to provide in-home care represent just a few groups of people who need to travel for work.
Workers who travel often spend a lot of time in their cars, trucks or other vehicles which typically function as both a mode of transportation and an office. This could increase the likelihood of getting into a serious motor vehicle accident, especially during these winter months.
During the winter, roads and highways in Ohio can be treacherous. From ice to snow to decreased visibility, there are several seasonal hazards that can increase the chances of a motor vehicle accident. Even if a worker feels completely comfortable driving in the winter, other drivers may not take appropriate precautions behind the wheel and end up causing an accident.
Knowing your options for compensation can be crucial for people who are victims of a car accident. There can often be opportunities to file a personal injury claim against a negligent or reckless driver who may have caused the accident, but these cases can take a long time to resolve. In the meantime, workers’ compensation benefits can bridge the gap and help cover medical expenses and lost wages that may be inevitable after a work-related injury.
However, in Ohio, there are strict laws that dictate whether a person can qualify for workers’ compensation if he or she is injured while traveling. For example, benefits may not be available for people who are commuting to or from work. Benefits may also be denied if it is determined that a worker was injured while traveling for both personal and professional reasons, which is referred to as the doctrine of dual intent.
In order to collect workers’ compensation, a person must prove that his or her injuries were suffered in the course of employment. This can be very difficult if a worker was hurt in a car accident, as it must be shown that the travel was an integral part of a person’s job. However, an attorney who is familiar with workers’ compensation laws in regards to travel can help injured workers understand their rights and their options for pursuing benefits.