Padilla Law Group, LLP
858-481-5454

Drunk driving accident leaves California state employee injured

On a daily basis, most Californians go to work to earn a living for themselves and their families. Sometimes, though, these individuals are injured on the job, which can throw them out of work for a significant period of time. When this happens, medical expenses and lost wages can take quite a toll. Although workers' compensation may be available to these individuals, those benefits don't always cover the full extent of one's losses. In instances where a third-party's negligence contributed to the accident, an injured worker may be able to pursue both workers' compensation and a personal injury claim in hopes of recovering compensation for the full extent of damages suffered.

One California Department of Transportation worker may be in this position now after being injured in a car crash while on the job. According to reports, the worker was sitting in his truck on the side of the road as part of a trash collection group when he was rear-ended by another vehicle. He was later taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Law enforcement officials indicate that the errant driver may have been drunk at the time of the wreck, and, as a result, he was arrested for DUI. If it turns out that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident, then the injured CalTrans worker may be able to sue that driver for any damages that remain after workers' compensation benefits kick in.

Obtaining workers' compensation benefits can be challenging enough, as claims adjudicators often look to see if a claimed injury existed before the accident in question, as well as whether the employee was performing job duties at the time the injuries were suffered. Legal issues can arise when pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, too. This is why those who have suffered a workplace injury that was caused by the negligence of another should think about discussing the matter with a competent and aggressive legal team.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

For A Free Case Evaluation, Contact Our Firm Today At 858-480-6182, Or Fill Out The Form Below.

We will discuss the aspects of your case and what forms of compensation you are entitled to.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

  • Super Lawyer
  • American Board Of Trial Advocates
  • AV Peer Review Rated
  • Listed In Best Lawyers| The World's Premier Guide

Padilla Law Group, LLP
320 Encinitas Blvd
Suite A
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 858-480-6182
Fax: 858-720-9797
Map & Directions

To the Top