What is the law regarding compensation for an accident in a company vehicle?

My husband was involved in a company vehicle accident early last week. He was hit from behind with another company vehicle, which in turn was hit from behind from a civilian vehicle. The impact caused no damaged to vehicle 1 but damage to vehicle 2 and 3 (3 was my husband’s vehicle). It literally lifted his transport van and pushed in the doors with estimates of about $6000 in damages. My husband had a little pain the first day but the following day he had a lot of pain in his neck and the following day in his neck and back. The pain had increased several days and for over a week has remained in his back. He takes an over the counter pain reliever several times a day and wakes up in lots of pain and comes home from work, usually over 16 hours, in much pain. He is a very hard worker and has worked at the same company over 25 years and has had less than 5 days of sick leave in all of these years. He is not a complainer. He has told his safety people many times that he is experiencing pain and discomfort. They are asking him,

Asked on April 19, 2017 under Personal Injury, Arizona

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Since your husband was injured on the job while driving a company vehicle, he has a workers' compensation claim.  His employer's HR department should have the appropriate forms for filing a workers' compensation claim.
Workers' compensation will pay your husband's medical bills and wage loss.
Your husband needs physical therapy for his pain from a rear-end collision.
The medical appointment should be private.
It would be advisable to speak with a workers' compensation attorney.
As for the property damage claim against the at-fault party, your husband does not need to worry about that because the registered owner of the vehicle he was driving was the company.  Therefore, the company will file a property damage claim with the at-fault party's insurance carrier.  If the at-fault party does not have insurance, the company will file an uninsured motorist claim through its (company's) insurance carrier.


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