When a person in California is struck by a vehicle, there is a potential — perhaps even the likelihood — for serious injuries that will require extensive treatment. Because a victim of such an accident likely requires a long time to recover, he or she is often unable to work; a combination of medical bills and lost wages is often more than can be managed. In fact, a victim who was reportedly injured in a work-related accident involving a motor vehicle in another state is now likely wondering if she qualifies for workers’ compensation insurance benefits.
The accident happened one morning on a day in late July. According to reports, a woman was walking into work when a vehicle hit her from behind. Reports indicate that she suffered multiple broken ribs, a broken leg, a lacerated spleen and a bruised lung in the accident. She is said to have spent several days at a trauma center before being transferred to rehabilitation.
Even though she is now back at home, the expectation is that her recovery will be long, requiring her to miss work. Additionally, she may require additional surgery. Her roommate also indicates a need for a full-time caregiver.
A work-related incident such as this can easily create an insurmountable financial situation. Though the woman may opt to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver if negligence played a role in the accident, she may also be entitled to workers’ compensation insurance benefits. However, a friend claims that it could be a lengthy process as the incident remains under investigation. Fortunately for people in California and across the country who have been the victim of a work-related accident, there are experienced professionals who can help them determine whether they are entitled to such benefits as well as help them take action in the pursuit of a fair and timely settlement.