Law enforcement officers face dangerous working conditions when on the job. In addition to the potential for assault or violence, officers could be at risk of a car collision or other accident. In a recent case, a South Carolina sheriff’s deputy was injured in an automobile accident that also resulted in the death of a woman.
According to reports, the sheriff’s deputy was riding with his partner when he lost control of the patrol car. Police reports indicated that after losing control, he struck another vehicle resulting in the death of a 45-year-old woman and four other passengers. The sheriff is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits and is filing additional lawsuits against Anderson County and the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
The South Carolina workers’ compensation system gives workers the right to collect compensation for medical expenses and lost wages without having to prove fault. Any worker who is injured while in the course of performing work-related duties has the right to file a workers’ compensation claim and collect financial benefits without a dispute. If you have been injured or you have lost a loved one in a work-related accident, our Asheville workers’ compensation attorneys can help. We will review the facts of your case, collect necessary documentation, and ensure that you get the full benefits you are entitled to.
In this case, the sheriff was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, and he is also bringing additional third-party liability claims. Workers who have suffered an injury can pursue personal injury claims to also collect compensation for pain and suffering and additional losses beyond medical expenses and lost wages. Many work-accident victims should consider the possibility of personal injury claims in addition to workers’ compensation benefits. Employees cannot sue their employer for a work-related accident, but they can pursue damages from other individuals, agencies, businesses or organizations.
In this case, the sheriff is bringing additional claims against agencies for their negligence. According to documents, he is seeking additional financial compensation for his losses. While a worker’s compensation claim entitles an injured employee to lost wages and medical expenses, a personal injury claim goes further, allowing the victim to collect for pain and suffering and other losses.
Workers compensation and third-party lawsuits cases can be complicated and should be reviewed by an experienced advocate. Medical documentation, witness statements, and other supporting evidence can ensure that your claim is accepted and that you are able to maximize your benefits after an accident or injury. When you are injured on the job, you not only lose time at work, you may be facing extensive medical costs and other losses. An experienced advocate can review the facts of your case, identify every avenue of recovery, and ensure that you are able to collect the full benefits you are entitled to.
Contact the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.
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