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Hit while driving a work vehicle on the way to a job site…

Submitted By: Jason (Slidell, Louisiana)

I was in a work vehicle on the way to a job site in Slidell, LA.  I was stopped at red light waiting to turn onto the street where the job was and was rear ended by a driver looking down. It was estimated he was going 40-50 miles per hour.

A coworker happened to be arriving at the same time, but was coming down the other side of the street and his light was green. He was luckily videotaping. You could see the car getting closer on video and the noise from impact. Once he turned around you could see my destroyed work truck along with the other driver’s probably totaled car.

I did go to the hospital. I’m under therapy now for possible severe neck sprain. When will I start getting benefits for lost wages? And what other benefits am I entitled to? It’s been exactly two weeks. Thank you.

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Answer

Dear Jason,

To begin the claims process requires you to notify your employer within thirty (30) days after the accident. You can report the accident by downloading the notification form here:
Workers Compensation – First Report Of Injury Or Illness

There is a seven day waiting period before benefits start. If your disability exceeds two weeks, the waiting period will be paid to you. You are entitled to compensation for all reasonable and necessary medical care. This includes doctor bills, medicine, hospital charges, lab tests, x-rays, crutches, and mileage expenses incurred for treatment, and any other reasonable expenses related to your treatment and recovery.

There is no deductible or dollar limit for covered treatment. You also should not have to pay any fees or costs of your treatment.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: October 19, 2017

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