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Car wreck leaves Knoxville police officer with injuries

Many of Knoxville's residents drive as part of their employment. Whether one is a delivery driver, an emergency services employee, or a transportation services employee, driving from place-to-place may be integral part of their everyday activities. Yet, these employees are not immune to other negligent motorists who may be present on the road. Though an employee who is injured in a car accident while on the job may be entitled to workers' compensation, the money received from this insurance may not be enough. If this is the case, then an injured worker may want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver who harmed him or her.

This may be the situation for a Knoxville police officer after she was injured when another car pulled out in front of her. The officer was momentarily trapped in her squad car, but emergency personnel were able to pull her free. She was taken to the hospital with injuries, and the accident remains under investigation.

Those who are injured in a car wreck while on the job may be entitled to workers' compensation. The money received from a successful claim may help cover some of the victim's losses, but it may not cover all of them. For example, workers' compensation cannot pay a victim for the pain and suffering he or she goes through, but a personal injury claim can do so, if successful. Also, if worker's compensation does not cover the full extent of an injured worker's lost wages or medical expenses, then those, too, might be recoverable through a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent or distracted driver.

Cases revolving around an on-the-job accident can be confusing as they often deal with multiple areas of law. A Knoxville attorney, though, can help injured worker's understand their legal rights and advise them on how to best protect those rights. If a lawsuit is filed against a negligent motorists, then an attorney can help the victim seek to show negligence, causation and the extent of his or her losses, thereby giving him or her the best chance of recovering his or her damages.

Source: WBIR, "KPD officer receives minor injuries in car accident," April 1, 2014

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