Jones & Hill October 2017

Car Accidents on the Clock Do They Qualify You for Workers’ Comp?

In the past, we’ve written about truck drivers getting injured on the job in Louisiana. But they aren’t the only people who suffer injuries. In fact, they aren’t even the majority. According to a recent study, nonprofessional drivers are injured or killed on the job more than professional drivers. In part, this is because work-related driving happens more than people realize. Maintenance workers, cable installers, and many others have jobs that require them to move from site to site while they’re on the clock. And anytime you’re on the clock, you may qualify for workers’ compensation. Why do nonprofessional drivers have more accidents? The easy answer is that they don’t receive the level of training that truck drivers do, nor do they have the same amount of oversight. Traveling employees also tend to travel in pairs, which increases the number of injured in the event of an accident. Not only are driving injuries more common, but they’re typically worse, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance. Workplace injuries are common on the body’s extremities, like the arms and hands, and thus require less recovery time. But vehicular injuries

tend to target the neck and back, which could lead to lengthy recoveries and even surgeries.

As we said, if you’ve been injured in a car accident while on the job, you may qualify for workers’ compensation. In rare cases, you can even claim workers’ comp if you were injured on your way to work. Contact us if you feel this may apply to you.

Keep in mind: Thousands of dollars of potential workers’ compensation go unclaimed every year.


It’s a great time of year to warm up with a cup of soup, and this comforting, guilt-free dish comes together in a flash. Sausage and Barley Soup


Cooking spray

1 (14½-ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained and chopped ¼ cup uncooked quick- cooking barley 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh baby spinach

6 ounces turkey breakfast sausage 2½ cups frozen bell pepper stir-fry

2 cups water


1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Remove from heat. 2. While sausage cooks, place stir-fry and 2 cups water in a blender; process until smooth. 3. Add stir-fry puree, tomatoes, and barley to sausage in pan. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts.

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