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Los Angeles Work-related Car Accident Injury Attorney


As a Los Angeles work-related car accident injury attorney, I know that many people in L.A. are required to drive for their jobs on either an occasional or routine basis. In some cases, people who are driving for work reasons are involved in car accidents. People who are working within the course and scope of their employment when their accidents happen are entitled to file workers’ compensation claims with their employers’ workers’ compensation insurance carrier. In addition, if the other involved motorist was at fault in causing the accident, the injured victim may file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Getting help from a Los Angeles personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyer might help you to recover the maximum potential compensation to pay for both your economic and noneconomic losses.

Types of Jobs that Require Employees to Drive

Many different types of jobs require workers to drive as a part of their work duties. Some common types of jobs that require employees to drive include the following:

  • Salespeople
  • Home health aides
  • Delivery drivers
  • Cargo van drivers
  • Bus drivers
  • Truck drivers
  • Hotel and airport shuttle drivers

In addition to jobs that require professional driving, some employers ask their workers to use their vehicles to drive to complete errands on an occasional basis. Even if you were injured in an accident in your own car, you may still be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits from your employer’s insurance carrier if the accident happened during the course and scope of your employment.

Did Your Crash Occur During the Course and Scope of Your Employment?

If your car accident occurred while you were working within the scope and course of your employment, you are entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer. Workers’ compensation is designed to provide benefits to workers who are injured while they are working through a no-fault system. In most cases, however, you are not allowed to recover benefits if your accident happened during your commute to work or your drive home after your shift. This is called the coming and going rule. Time spent commuting is generally not considered to be within the scope and course of your employment. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.

In Hinojosa v. Workmen’s Comp Appeals Bd., 8 Cal.3d 150 (1972), the California Supreme Court defined the required vehicle exception. Under this rule, if a worker is required to supply his or her own vehicle for work purposes, the employer must provide workers’ compensation benefits for accidents that happen during the worker’s commute. Another exception that has been recognized in California is the personal comfort exception as delineated in Bloxham v. Lithia Ford. In that case, the court found that a worker who was on a break and who was injured when he stopped for coffee and cigarettes at a convenience store was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This was because it was common practice for the employees to stop at the store on their breaks and to bring back treats for others, making it a convenience for the employer.

Finally, in some cases, you may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits if you are injured in an accident while commuting to and from work in a company car. This is not an absolute exception, however. Instead, whether or not you will be entitled to benefits will depend on the facts and circumstances of your case.

Was Your Car Wreck Caused by a Non-Employee Third Party?

If your accident was caused by another party who was not an employee of your company, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim against him or her. This type of personal injury claim may be filed in addition to your claim for workers’ compensation benefits. If the negligent driver was employed by a different company and was driving within the course and scope of his or her own job, you may be able to file a lawsuit that names both the at-fault driver and his or her employer as defendants to your lawsuit. In some cases, the registered owner of a vehicle that was being driven by someone else may also be liable. If the registered owner negligently entrusted the vehicle to a driver who the owner knew or had reason to know was a bad driver, the registered owner may be vicariously liable.

Contact an experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyer in Los Angeles

If you are seriously injured in an accident while you are working, it is important for you to talk to a Los Angeles attorney who is experienced in both workers’ compensation and personal injury law. By filing both a claim for workers’ compensation benefits and a personal injury case against the negligent third party who caused your accident, you may be likelier to recover compensation in a fair amount. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment so that we can discuss your case.


Client Reviews
I have known Steven for some time now and when his services were required he jumped in and took control of my cases. I had two and they were handled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He went the extra mile regardless of the bumps in the road. I can not see me using any other attorney and I would recommend him to any of my family and friends. Josie A.
Steven was vital during our most trying time. He was referred by a friend after an accident that involved a family member. While he was critical and lying in the hospital, Steven was kind, patient and knowledgeable about what we were going through. Following our loss, Steven became a tough and aggressive negotiator and made sure that we receive a huge compensation. I would refer Steven in fact, this happened 2 years ago and I still speak highly of his service. Cheryl S.
Mr. Sweat is a pitbull in the courtroom as well as settlement negotiations - You can't have a better equipped attorney in your corner! It is a pleasure working as colleagues together on numerous cases. He can get the job done. Jonathan K.
Because of Steven Sweat, my medical support was taken care of. Plus, I had more money to spare for my other bills. Steven is not only an excellent personal injury lawyer, providing the best legal advice, but also a professional lawyer who goes beyond his call of duty just to help his clients! He stood up for me and helped me get through the process. I would definitely recommend. I couldn't think of any better lawyer than him. MiraJane C.
I must tell anyone, if you need a great attorney, Steve sweat is the guy! I had an awful car accident and had no idea where to turn. He had so much to deal with because my accident was a 4 car pile up. Not to mention all the other cars were behind me and they were not wanting to settle in any way! He never stopped working for me and had my best interest at heart! Audra W.
I believe I made the best choice with Steven M Sweat, Personal Injury. I was very reluctant to go forward with my personal injury claim. I had a valid claim and I needed a professional attorney to handle it. I felt so much better when I let Steven take my case. His team did everything right and I am very satisfied. Stia P.
I have to say that Steve has been exemplary! I met Steve at a point with my case that I was ready to give up. He took the time and dealt with all of my concerns. Most importantly, he was present and listened to what I was going through. He was able to turn things around, put me and my case on the right track! The results were better that expected! Highly recommend!! Cody A.