Today in the U.S. operation of trucks or vans for deliveries, or driving a bus or a cab are no longer the only works which require employees to sit behind the wheel. Hotels now also have their own transport service using cars or coaster buses for tourists; even companies have hired drivers whose job is to transport top executives to different locations for job-related work. Evidently, driving is now daily work for many workers in the U.S. – this takes work from the office to the streets.
It is necessary that workers, whose job is outside the four walls of an office building understand their legal right, in case they get involved in an accident wherein they are at-fault or wherein they are the victims (it may be necessary for regular employees too to know their rights in case they are requested by their manager or employer to make a detour for a company errand while driving on their way home or to the office). This is because so long as an employee is performing an act in behalf of his/her employer, even outside his/her work hours, such act will be considered as part of work and, as it is, out of office work exposes workers or employees to more danger, such as a car accident that can result to serious injuries which, in turn, can end up in them being disabled.
That employees performing any errand in behalf of his/her employer even outside his/her work hours is part of work and, therefore, requires payment is stipulated in the Portal-to-Portal Act which was passed into law in 1947. This law, which makes clear what specific activities are considered job-related and which are not, is to make sure that employees, who get injured even outside of the workplace and outside their regular work shift, are considered eligible to apply for compensation with their state-administered Workers’ Compensation insurance program. Workers’ Compensation is an employer-sponsored benefit that is designed to provide wage replacement and medical benefits to employees who get injured in the course of employment or who develop an occupational disease.
The cash benefits employees may be entitled to receive would be very helpful in making sure that injured employee and his/her family are saved from suffering financial crisis on top of the physical injuries he/she is already suffering from. As indicated in the website of the law firm Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, some of the common effects of a transportation accident are whiplash, head and brain injury, psychological trauma, bone fractures, missed work time, and wrongful death.
The circumstances surrounding every transportation accident are unique, however, one threat that victims share is the potential to sustaining a grievous injury. Depending upon the nature of the accident, vehicle, and job position, an employee may be eligible for compensation related to injuries, property damage, lost wages, and other considerations.Read More