A bus load of Bus Drivers were injured when a bus driven by a Bus Driver flipped and crashed. Dailymail.com
It is reported that “the bus had been carrying 37 adults – 36 passengers and the driver – police said. Police had said those on board were employees of the same company, but did not specify the origination. All 36 passengers were treated for injuries at the scene, police said Thursday, with three needing to be hospitalized.” Dailymail.com
This article will address of an issue that results from an industrial accident involving multiple workers.
Is There A Personal Injury Claim that Can Be Filed Against the Bus Driver?
No. It is reported that all of the passengers worked for the same company. Thus, workers’ compensation is the appropriate venue.
Since Everyone Was in the Same Accident, Will They All Receive the Same Recovery?
No. The fact that two individuals are in the same accident does not mean that they will receive the same recovery.
There are many factors that will create different results for disability awards.
Impairments: The body parts injured and the nature and extent of the injuries will determine the disability percentage.
Apportionment: Applicants with pre-existing disabilities or prior work injury awards may have their injuries reduced based upon these factors.
Age: Ratings are determined based upon age. Younger Employers get less value that older workers. This is based upon a table in the SCHEDULE FOR RATING PERMANENT DISABILITIES
Occupation: Ratings are determined by Occupational Group. In this instance, since all of the workers are bus drivers, they will all be assigned a bus driver group number. Had there been other types of workers in the bus, different group numbers would be assigned. Those group number could impact a rating percentage to go up, down or remain the same.
What if I Need Advice?
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