An accident in Fauquier County left three people injured. Rescuers had to take two of the victims to local hospitals.
Two of the drivers involved were law enforcement officers. One worked as an officer for the Town of Warrenton and the other was a deputy with the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Department. The other vehicle involved was a private sport utility vehicle.
The Virginia State Police are continuing to investigate the accident. While, thankfully, it appears that all the victims will survive this accident, the extent of their injuries is not known.
How a personal injury claim works with respect to workers’ compensation
Like the other states, Virginia has a Workers’ Compensation program set up for workers who get hurt on the job. These two police officers certainly seem to have been on the clock when this accident happened.
Furthermore, since workers’ compensation gets awarded on a no-fault basis, these officers will not have to prove that someone else is responsible for their accident before they may get benefits.
On the flip side, workers’ compensation benefits simply do not pay for all of a persons’ losses. They do offer coverage for medical bills and other out-of-pocket expenses.
The benefits also include lost wages, although a victim may find that these benefits do not match what he or she was earning before the injury.
Also, workers’ compensation will not pay for what are commonly called non-economic losses, which include things like emotional distress or pain and suffering. While it is hard to put an exact figure on things like pain, victims of serious accidents do endure it and are entitled to compensation.
Virginians who get hurt on the job in a car accident should evaluate all of their legal options, as doing so may increase the chances of receiving full compensation.