When the weather causes the road conditions to be poor and your employer has insisted you come to work, they could be liable for you on your commute. If you were injured permanently and severely while you were driving in the bad road conditions, after your employer was already aware that commuters and drivers should not be on the roads, you may be able to get compensation.
You want to hire a workers comp attorney right away so you can start collecting money on the time when you're away from work, and to get money in case you aren't physically able to return to work. Talk about these things.
If your employer is responsible for the accident that took place, you want to see if you qualify for workers compensation. This means that you can get paid while you aren't working from your employer, because they are liable for your accident. This isn't as much as you were making, but it's still money coming in regularly during the pay cycle to help with finances and bills.
A Settlement Opportunity
A settlement for the case could be very helpful in the long term, especially if you may never recover and you will have a lifetime of complications. Talk with the lawyer about bills from the accident, loss of wages, and how much potential income you will miss out on during your lifetime. This total amount, plus compensation for your suffering and mental and physical pain, will all be included in the settlement your lawyer puts together.
Injuries That Qualify
Not all injuries are worthy of a settlement. If the lawyer can pin the blame and liability for the accident on your employer, then an accident resulting in these types of injuries could lead to a settlement:
- Brain injuries
- Loss of limb or body part
- Neck and spine damage
- Injuries requiring surgery
- Extensive medical required for a lifetime
- Organ damage or replacement needed
Once all of your injuries have been documented and figured out, you will give the reports to your lawyer so they can include them in the case.
Your lawyer may go straight to the legal team of your employer to see if they want to try to reach an agreement before you take the case to court, and if they want to settle quietly. If they can't come to an agreement with your employer, they will have to proceed with filing the case.