A 41-year-old man was injured on the job when a fellow employee struck him with a vehicle. According to a WFMD news report, the work-related accident occurred at a site on Hapes Mill Road south of Taneytown in Carroll County. Officials say the worker was struck by a vehicle driven by another county employee at the worksite. He was flown to Baltimore for treatment.
Many jobs require driving or take place near moving vehicles. Workers who operate around vehicles are at risk of getting hit. Roadway workers are particularly in danger of being hurt at work because they have to deal with the many hazards that come with construction work as well as the threat of nearby traffic. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 106 worker fatalities at road construction sites in the year 2010, 122 in 2011 and 130 in 2012.
When an employee is injured in a car accident while performing work-related activities, he or she is entitled to Maryland workers’ compensation benefits. Potential benefits that are available through workers’ compensation include lost wages while healing and compensation for medical expenses associated with the accident. The benefits do not, however, end there.
Injured workers also have the right to pursue compensation from the at-fault party and from the auto insurance company of the driver. It is advisable and necessary to pursue these types of benefits in addition to filing for workers’ compensation. Coordinating these benefits is often the only way to ensure that fair compensation is offered.
It is important to seek out legal guidance because not all traffic accidents are considered work-related. For example, being injured while driving to lunch is typically not considered a work-related accident that should be covered by workers’ compensation benefits. Driving for your employer or being struck by a car while on the job are work related activities that should be covered. An experienced Maryland personal injury lawyer who has handled similar cases will be able to review the circumstances of the incident to determine what legal options are available for the victim and his or her family.