RIVERSIDE LAWYERS REPRESENTING INJURED RIDESHARE WORKERS
As a rideshare driver for Lyft, you may have some flexibility in your work but feel you don’t have any protection in case you are injured in an accident while on the job. Lyft may have asked you to sign a contract specifying you are an independent contractor. Nevertheless, there is an assumption that workers are employees, and in many cases, Lyft will not be able to show that a particular worker is not an employee. Accordingly, Lyft drivers with broken bones from car accidents may be eligible for workers’ compensation reimbursements. If you were injured while driving for Lyft, call the Riverside workers’ compensation attorneys of Perris, Sun City, Corona, Temecula, Moreno Valley, San Bernardino, Hemet, Victor Valley, Beaumont, Banning, Yucca Valley, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio Brawley for a consultation.
A bone can bend only up to an extent. If the pressure applied on it gets more intense than it can bear, a bone will fracture, break, or even smash. There are numerous different classes of fractures and breaks, including segmental, comminuted, compression, oblique, spiral, transverse, and greenstick fractures. Greenstick fracture causes the broken bones to get completely separated. Through a comminuted fracture, the break is in three or more fragments. Otherwise, with a segmental fracture, the bone is fractured in two spots so that one segment is floating. Broken bones are common damage in car accidents.
LYFT DRIVERS WITH BROKEN BONES AND THE ABC TEST
If you withstand broken bones on the job with Lyft, the injuries may restrict you from working for a period of recovery. You may not have enough money saved up to take time off work for recovery. In some cases, broken bones create permanent disability. Although you may have signed an agreement with Lyft specifying that you are an independent contractor, the law in Riverside presumes you are an employee unless Lyft can establish, through the ABC test, that you are not. Under the ABC test, Lyft would need to establish in a pertinent proceeding that: (1) the driving you perform for Lyft is outside the normal course of its business, (2) Lyft doesn’t control how you perform driving services, and (3) you’re engaged in an independently established profession, trade, business, or occupation. A lawyer can review the conditions of the accident to control whether your injuries are covered by Riverside workers’ compensation reimbursements.
There are no prerequisites for you to create your employer’s fault or anybody else’s fault in order to obtain workers’ compensation reimbursements. Nevertheless, you will need to show your injuries were work-related. Consequently, it’s imperative to pursue medical care right away for your broken bones and to let the doctor know that they were sustained while you were on the job with Lyft. In case you sustained broken bones in a vehicle accident while driving for Lyft, you may be able to bring not only a workers’ compensation claim but also a third-party lawsuit against a driver; otherwise, another party is at fault for the vehicle accident.
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFITS
Your wounds will determine how much and the nature of the assistance to which you’re entitled. Workers’ compensation benefits may include economic losses but won’t include noneconomic losses. Medical and rehabilitation expenses should be covered by the workers’ compensation insurer. Additionally, you may be able to receive vocational rehabilitation. You can obtain a percentage of lost income through disability benefits. These paybacks can be temporary or permanent and partial or total. In most cases, broken bones result in temporary total disability for a period of time. These paybacks are paid at 2/3 of your average gross weekly wage during the period you’re unable to work. The first three days of provisional total disability are not paid unless it turns out that you are paralyzed for 14 days or more. You start getting paid on the fourth day, and if you’re disabled for at least 14 days, you can obtain the first three days of assistance retroactively.
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The Law Office of Dr. Peter M. Schaeffer is one of the finest compensation attorneys in Riverside; for Lyft drivers with broken bones, you can easily visit us at any location in California, as we are present in all major locations like Riverside, Perris, Sun City, Corona, Temecula, Moreno Valley, San Bernardino, Hemet, Victor Valley, Beaumont, Banning, Yucca Valley, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio Brawley.
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