Work Car Accident Claim

Published 01 Mar 2011
When I was on Company business I had an accident in their car. This resulted in a couple of days off work and there was damage to the other vehicle – am I liable or is it down to my Company to pay? Can I make a claim against my Company?
 
If you are an employee and you cause an accident in a work car while on work business then generally your employer will be responsible for payment of any damage to the other vehicle.
 
However, your employer won’t be liable if they can show that you were using the car for your own purposes or that the accident was caused as a result of your serious or wilful misconduct such as driving under the influence of alcohol.
 
This liability of your employer is called ‘vicarious liability’ and determining who is legally responsible to pay for the damage to the other car can be quite complex. At Gerard Malouf & Partners we have expert personal injury lawyers who will listen to you and provide you with concise, accurate and down to earth legal advice as to whether you are liable for payment caused to the other car as a result of the car accident.
 
It appears that you also suffered an injury as a result of the accident. This means that you have an entitlement to make a claim for workers compensation from your employer. This compensation can include:
 
-        Medical and rehabilitation expenses.
-        Compensation for economic loss such as loss of wages including weekly benefits for loss of earnings.
-        Lump sum compensation for your injury in certain circumstances including compensation for pain and suffering if you have suffered a permanent impairment.
-        Legal costs.
 
When you are involved in a car accident while at work, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible on whether are liable for the accident and whether you have any entitlements to compensation, under the motor vehicle accident scheme, or the workers compensation scheme.
 
At Gerard Malouf & Partners we are committed to the No Win No Fee policy so you don’t have to worry about what it’s going to cost you to talk to us. We are also the only law firm that provide a written commitment to our client’s that we will reduce our legal fees in the event that you are not happy with the result of your compensation claim.
 
Gerard Malouf & Partners are not a giant publicly listed law company but a highly specialised and focused firm. We are small enough to have the privilege of caring intimately for our clients but large enough to have the solid financial, medical and expert resources our client’s need in their successful compensation claims.
 
For free over-the-phone advice or to take advantage of our free face-to-face consultation call our expert legal team today on 1800 004 878