Can My Employer Be Held Liable If I’m in a Car Accident While Working?

For anyone who has to drive a vehicle on company time, knowing what to do if you have a car accident while working is crucial. One of the main reasons for this is because you never want to get behind the wheel of a vehicle without being properly prepared in case you are in a car accident. You need to know that the vehicle is registered and insured. When the police arrive at your accident scene, the last thing you want is to not be able to provide them with all the required information or to be discovered to have been driving a vehicle that was not properly registered or insured.

What to Do If You’re in a Car Accident While Working

Assuming the vehicle you are driving for work, whether it is your own personal vehicle or one provided to you by your employer, is properly registered and insured, here are the main factors that decide if your employer is liable if you are in a car accident while working:

  • Your actions were in the scope of your employment duties.
  • Your actions were done while you were on the job.
  • You were performing a job duty that you were hired to perform.
  • Your employer benefited from the work you were doing when the car accident occurred.

The work injury lawyers at Robbins, Strunk & Cramer believe the rights and safety of workers should always come first. Our firm is dedicated to helping our clients hold negligent employers or third parties accountable for injuring them as well as assisting injured workers and their families with securing financial help for hospital bills, lost wages and rehabilitation expenses.

How Employers Can Help Prevent Workplace Accidents

It is the responsibility of employers to do everything they can to prevent workplace accidents. Simply put, workers should never be the victims of on-the-job accidents and injuries that their employer could have prevented. Unfortunately, many companies do not take all the necessary steps to keep their employees safe on the job, which leads to workers suffering catastrophic injuries and, in some cases, losing their lives in workplace accidents.

Tips for Preventing On-the-Job Accidents and Injuries

A few ways that employers can prevent workplace accidents or at least lessen severity of on-the-job injuries include:

  • Making sure there are first aid kits available throughout the work site and having the first aid kits regularly serviced by qualified vendors.
  • Ensuring the there are enough smoke detectors and fire extinguishers at the facility and that they are all in proper working order.
  • Keeping walkways clear of debris and other trip and fall and slip and fall hazards, including bunched up rugs, ice on outdoor walkways and spills.
  • Properly maintaining the job site, including fixing faulty wiring, dangerous stairways, loose railings and other safety hazards.

At Robbins, Strunk & Cramer, workers’ rights always come first. We are dedicated to securing justice for our clients, including holding negligent employers or third parties accountable for injuring them and recovering financial help for medical expenses, loss of income and rehabilitation costs.

Workplace Accidents And Injuries

Workplace accidents are extremely common. In fact, three million people were injured in a workplace accident in 2015. There were nearly 5,000 fatal workplace accidents in 2014. Despite the fact that precautions have been taken to keep people safe in the workplace, accidents are still on the rise.

Most Common Accidents

Overexertion injuries are among the most common. These accidents occur as the result of holding, carrying, lifting, pushing, and pulling. Overexertion injuries are not only one of the most common workplace injuries, they are also one of the most expensive injuries.
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What do I do if I am Injured at Work?

Employers are supposed to provide a safe environment for their employees. However, sometimes the opposite is the case when dangerous areas pose injury risks. Whether inside or outside the premises, the absence of safeguards can serve as proof that injury incidents are likely to occur.

Contact Human Resources

If you have been injured at work and now you’re faced with a short-term or long-term disability, the first step you need to take is to contact your Human Resources department. You need to inform the HR Representative who handles disability claims and FMLAs about your situation. You will need to complete the appropriate paperwork to request time-off if your doctor has recommended recovery time. If your time-off request and disability coverage has been approved, you will receive notification from your employer. Continue reading What do I do if I am Injured at Work?

Documenting After a Workplace Injury

No one intends to get hurt at work, but unfortunately, accidents happen. It’s important for employees who have experienced a work-related injury to know their legal rights. Whether it is an accident that causes acute injury such as a slip and fall, or trauma that develops over time such as carpal tunnel syndrome, there are several things you can do to protect yourself.

Notify a Supervisory Immediately

If you are injured while on the job, report it immediately to your supervisor. In workers’ compensation cases, documentation is crucial in establishing a timeline and determining what actions are warranted on the part of the employer. If possible, report the injury in writing so that both you and your employer have copies. Be direct and clear about the extent of the injury, when it happened, and what circumstances contributed. Continue reading Documenting After a Workplace Injury

3 Tips to Surviving Your Case from a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

If you have been injured at work, then you are facing an uphill battle. Many injured workers fear retaliation for filing a workers compensation claim or have heard horror stories of protracted battles with the workers compensation insurance company over whether the injured worker still needs treatment or what is the best course of treatment. If you are an injured worker and concerned about surviving your workers compensation claim, consider these tips from a workers’ compensation law firm serving Gilroy, Hollister, San Martin and Morgan Hill. Continue reading 3 Tips to Surviving Your Case from a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Robbins and Strunk: Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

When it comes to workers’ compensation representation one need look no further than the law office of Robbins, Strunk and Cramer. Serving the Gilroy, Hollister, San Marino and Morgan Hill areas, Robbins, Strunk and Cramer are the premiere work injury law firm for South County California. They fight for their clients to get the benefits they are entitled to.

Since 1992, the attorneys have been representing injured workers in a wide variety of workers’ compensation matters in a wide spectrum of occupations and settings. They have more than 50 years of combined experience. When it comes to workers’ compensation, they are known for obtaining the best possible outcomes on behalf of their clients. They have a reputation for compassion and accomplishment. Continue reading Robbins and Strunk: Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Workers Compensation Experts

Consult With an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today Pursuing Claims in Gilroy, Hollister, Morgan Hill, San Martin and surrounding areas

Injured at work? Having trouble understanding the paperwork? Is your medical treatment being denied or delayed? Discuss your situation with a highly-skilled Workers’ Compensation Attorney at the law firm of Robbins, Strunk & Cramer, and get the legal representation you need to receive the benefits you deserve.
The Robbins, Strunk & Cramer Difference

Since 1992, our distinguished attorneys have successfully represented injured workers in all occupations and workplace settings on a wide variety of workers’ compensation matters serving, Hollister, Morgan Hill, San Martin, Gilroy and surrounding cities. Our impressive record of accomplishment and personalized service has earned us the reputation as the South County’s premiere work injury law firm. With more than 50 years of combined experience, we are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals and compassionately and effectively guide them through every step in the process. Our dedication to excellence, proven results and outstanding client service is unsurpassed, and we look forward to successfully working on your behalf.
Our Full-Service Workers’ Compensation Practice Includes:

Petitions to Reopen
Workplace Accidents
On the Job Car Accidents
Common Workplace Injuries
Construction Site Accidents
Labor Code 132a Petitions
Serious and Willful Misconduct
Exposure to Toxic Substances
Industrial and Manufacturing Accidents
Workers’ Compensation Cases and Appeals

Notary Public Services Offered

Robbins, Strunk & Cramer also provides notary public services for all your notarial needs. Fees are dependent on the signatures and/or document involved. Please call to schedule an appointment for this service.
Discuss Your Case With a Gilroy Attorney Serving San Martin, Hollister and Morgan Hill in Workers’ Compensation Law

If you’ve been injured on the job, please contact the law firm of Robbins, Strunk & Cramer for a free initial consultation either in person or over the phone. Our team of caring and highly experienced attorneys will efficiently evaluate your case, personally answer your questions and confidentially advise you on the most beneficial course of action. We have an office conveniently located in Gilroy and are always available by phone. Give us a call today!

Why I Love What I’m Doing – Debra Strunk

Debra Strunk — Highly Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Hollister, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, and San Martin

Debra Strunk has been practicing law since 1984, and represents all parties in injured worker claims before the San Jose and Salinas Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Committed to excellence, Debra provides her diverse clients not only with successful results, but also with personalized communication at every phase of the legal process. Debra works in the Santa Cruz dependency court. Before Debra became an attorney, she was a Spanish and Remedial English teacher. Debra was born in San Francisco and also enjoys reading and growing orchids in her spare time.

B.A., California State University, Fresno
J.D., Monterey College of Law (1984)


California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (1984)

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California Applicant’s Attorney Association

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To learn more about how an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer serving Gilroy, Hollister, Morgan Hill and San Martin can assist you in obtaining the benefits you are entitled to, please contact us for a free initial consultation.