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Whether you drive for a living or occasionally get behind the wheel of a fleet vehicle for company business, you could be at risk of a car accident during work hours. If the result is a fender bender and a few bruises, the situation is likely to be easily and quickly resolved.
In other scenarios, though, it’s important to have the advice of an experienced car accident attorney at Morton & Gettys. Our veteran lawyers will work diligently toward your goal of making a full physical and financial recovery from the crash.
In most cases, work-related car wrecks are covered under South Carolina’s workers’ compensation system. However, if a third-party is deemed to be responsible for the wreck, you may have an additional claim that can brought against the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company. This “third-party” claim affords an injured worker the opportunity to recover damages, such as for pain and suffering, that aren’t available under our state’s workers’ compensation laws. Bear in mind that the dynamics between your workers’ compensation claim and your third-party claim can be tricky, and it is critical that both claims are handled in accordance with the law; failing to do so can cut you off from a significant amount of compensation.
It may be tempting to try to handle a work-related car accident on your own, particularly if the situation seems to be fairly straightforward. However, if you have a third-party claim, that can be a huge mistake. You might even run the risk of waiving your worker’s compensation claim if the right steps are not followed. The attorneys at Morton & Gettys can review your case and advise you on how best to proceed. We’ll also be on hand to protect your rights should the case become complicated.