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Who Is Responsible for a Work-Related Car Accident?

Posted on June 28, 2021 in

Car accidents can happen in any place, at any time—even on the job. Whether you have to drive a vehicle regularly or while performing work-related errands, you can sustain serious injuries in collisions with a negligent driver. Unlike other types of car accidents, collisions that occur while you are performing your work duties require additional considerations.

Who Is Responsible for a Work-Related Car Accident?

Workers’ Compensation After a Job-Related Car Accident

Under Oregon law, most employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. A few industries are exempt from this rule, including domestic servants, some firefighters and police officers, and most shipping, railway, and airline workers.

If you are injured while driving a vehicle for work and your employer offers this coverage, you can file a claim to recover compensation for medical expenses and disability benefits. You are eligible to file this claim regardless of fault.

To file a workers’ compensation claim in Oregon, you will need to take the following steps.

  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible and notify your doctor that you sustained the injury at work. Save your medical records; this documentation will be important in your future claim.
  • Notify your employer of your injury and complete the required forms from your medical provider. Your employer will then file a claim with his or her workers’ compensation insurer within five days.
  • Contact a car accident attorney in Portland as soon as possible to complete the required next steps. You may need to provide evidence of your injury and enter an appeal if the insurer denies your claim. In this situation, your attorney can advocate for your best interests and fight for your right to recovery.

Can You File a Lawsuit Against an Employer After a Car Accident?

Filing a workers’ compensation claim typically prevents you from filing a lawsuit against your employer over the same accident. Unless someone else other than your employer is responsible for your collision, filing a workers’ compensation claim is usually your only avenue to recovery. If you are unsure which option is right for you, speak with your attorney.

Filing a Car Accident Claim Against a Third-Party

If your car accident was caused by another person or entity’s negligence, you may have grounds for legal action. Although a workers’ compensation claim may prevent you from pursuing a lawsuit against your employer, you could hold a third party liable through a personal injury claim in Oregon civil court.

For example, if another driver who is not employed by your company caused your accident, you can file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. If your accident was caused by a defective part or a vehicle defect, you could file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of the defective item.

Contact an Oregon Car Accident Lawyer

If you are in a work-related car accident, it can be difficult to know what to do next. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your collision, you could file a lawsuit against a third party or a workers’ compensation claim against your employer. In these situations, you need an attorney on your side.

As soon as possible following your collision, speak to an Oregon car accident lawyer. Your attorney can help you identify your optimal path to recovery and represent you in your claim, helping you secure the compensation you deserve.

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Hannah McCracken
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Jason and Aaron have been a pleasure to work with they have been so organized and on top of everything since day one of taking over my very messy case. Julia has been a driving force behind them making sure my questions have been answered immediately and sufficiently she is so pleasant and shows genuine interest in my case. I truly believe Tillman Law has had my best interest at heart throughout this whole process.
Melannie Mosby
Melannie Mosby
1698102486
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Ashley Duchemin
Ashley Duchemin
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I want to infinitely thank Mr. Tillman for his incredible work on my case. I'm so deeply pleased with the turnout. I thank him for all of his effort and determination that led to it. It truly shows his dedication and skill! In the future, I will be recommending him to everyone I know.I also want to thank everyone at his office who dealt with and had been patient with me. I was not the easiest client, and I really appreciate all of the work of Jason, Julia, and others to keep the case on track.
McKenzie Link
McKenzie Link
1696368367
Aaron was beyond personable, capable, and passionate throughout my case. He handled my traumatic incident with the upmost of care and took my case to trial with positive outcomes. I can’t tell you how much it meant to really know I had someone on my side.Even after the case was ruled, he has continued to stay in touch & explain future legal proceedings - truly he has held my hand every step of the way.If I ever find myself in a circumstance where I’m in need of another personal injury attorney, I will without a doubt give Aaron Tillmann a call. I would recommend him to any friend or loved one. Thank you Aaron!!!
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Alan Rogers
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Tim Cheredayko
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Arisbet Bustos
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Ken Pollett
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Jordan Bedrick
Jordan Bedrick
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My husband was in a bad car accident a few years back, and he was stopped due to traffic. He was behind a fuel truck, and someone rear-ended him, going 60mph. The worst part was our 6 mo old was in our and the truck was totaled beyond repair and my husbands back injured severly he ended up with 2 broken vertebrae. Our child had ptsd any time getting into a vehicle after that. Tillman made this right even though we couldn't do much for our son other comfort him and make car rides more comfortable from there on out Tillman was able to get my husband the money he deserved after the other driver was extremely negligent and either not paying attention or on his phone or something unfortunately this was during covid and when the police came they didnt do a single thing to check for any of that. We can't say enough good things about Aaron Tillman he gave us our hope back and the ability to have back surgery to repair a lot of his back issues due to the car wreck. So if you have been in an accident definitely call Tillman Law they're amazing super professional, kind and empathetic beings who will work for the best possible outcome for your case and fight they won't just roll over and play dead they spent about 2.5 years on my husbands case never giving up. He was always super honest with my husband and always communicated everything. So again, thank you, Aaron Tillman, and thank you to your law firm for working so tirelessly. We appreciate it more than you know.
Cassie Kocker
Cassie Kocker
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Michael Darling (Mike Rich)
Michael Darling (Mike Rich)
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Brittany Sloan
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Jennifer nelson
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Oksana Pavlenko
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Robert Aley
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Roro Roro
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Danielle Martin
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C ease
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Roman Burykin
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Olivia Kilgore
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Roberto Garcia
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Christian Bewley
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I am glad that this is finally going to be completely resolved. It has taken a long time but there were complexities that we had to work through. I am very happy with your service. I am positive this was the highest and best outcome for me. I am still a little in awe of the discount you and Aaron were able to get. It is nothing short of amazing.I am completely satisfied with your hard work and the results. I would have never gotten the settlement on my own. Thanks again.
Mary Krettler
Mary Krettler
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Jan Grammer
Jan Grammer
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Aaron Wilde
Aaron Wilde
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I asked Mr. Tillman to associate with me on a case in Oregon. I was pleased with Aaron’s work product. He responded quickly to my inquiries and was knowledgeable in the law. I would recommend his services.
Dwayne Harris
Dwayne Harris
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I suffered an injury in an auto accident before I retained Mr. Tillmann for his services. I appreciated his line of communicating with me in every instance what the plan of attack would be. After making a number of visits to doctors therapist, Mr. Tillman helped facilitate a careful and Savvy approach to persuade a defense that was at times uncooperative and unpersuaded. His ability to read our situation, resulted in a positive outcome that we can all live with. I highly recommend.
Laxmi Dady
Laxmi Dady
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Lena Kyle
Lena Kyle
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I came to Aaron 2 years ago frusterated, in pain and really confused. All i knew is I was hurt, nobody was listening and i didnt know what was gonna happen. Its a scarey space when your in that position. The being in pain and having no idea what the future holds. I feel like the moment I met with him i was being heard and felt like what happened to me mattered. He was very honest with be from the beginning about the process, what we had to work with and even the risks. I felt informed and communicated with. And we just won a huge victory. For me that means options are open, my family has security. I honestly dont know what would have happened with out Aaron and his team. Im just grateful for them standing up and helping me be heard. Thank You for your work and dedication. I highly recommend Tillman Law.
Elyse Tracy
Elyse Tracy
1546895918
I wasn’t sure about getting legal help with my collision claim, but when I went to Aaron, he made me feel comfortable with the process. I definitely got more than expected. I’m very happy with the outcome. Now things should be a little easier.
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