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WORK TRAVEL ACCIDENTS

Traffic accidents are consistently some of the most dangerous accidents out there. If you are injured in a traffic accident that relates to a trip for work, the situation is unique in that you will very likely file your accident claim through workers’ compensation. Work travel claims tend to be complicated, and you are wise to proceed with an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney in your corner. 

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The Steps You Should Take

If you are injured in a work travel accident, your claim will be unique to the accident at hand, but there are several basic steps that every such accident victim should take, including:

  • Call 911 and report the accident to the authorities (this step will also ensure that the necessary emergency responders will be on their way) 
  • Accept medical attention at the scene (if offered) or seek immediate medical attention as soon after the accident as possible
  • If you are able, gather evidence at the scene, including taking pictures and/or videos of anything that might prove relevant, gathering eyewitness statements and contact information, and making a written account of everything you can remember leading up to the accident (memories can fade quickly, and this accounting can prove invaluable to your claim)
  • Inform your supervisor and/or your boss that you were injured while traveling for work
  • Continue to carefully follow your medical team’s instructions
  • Consult with a dedicated workers’ compensation attorney as soon as you are able to do so

Is It Job-Related?

If you are traveling for work, the chances are good that any injuries you sustain in the course of the trip will qualify as job-related. Consider the following examples:

  • If you were on your way to a business dinner, chances are good that you’re covered. 
  • If you were traveling to your business destination, such as by car, ferry, plane, or any other form of transportation, your injuries are very likely covered. 
  • If you were injured on your way to the hotel or even in the hotel where you are staying on your business trip, workers’ comp should have you covered. 
  • If, however, you were injured while heading to a personal dinner date, meet-up, or cocktail hour, you probably are not covered by workers’ compensation. 
  • A side trip or sightseeing on your own time is similarly not likely to be covered.  

A Word to the Wise

An important point to make is that the workers’ compensation insurance company is in the business of making money and would prefer to find a reason not to cover your claim. This fact makes having an experienced workers’ compensation attorney on your side and driving your claim forward the best strategy.

Speak with an Experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

Danielle Pinkston at Pinkston Law Group, P.C., in Joliet, Illinois, is a formidable workers’ compensation attorney who has the legal skill, experience, and resources to help. To learn more about how our knowledgeable legal team can help you, please don’t wait to reach out and contact us today.

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