A Griffin Nail salon worker is recovering in the hospital after an 87-year-old woman lost control of her van and crashed into the salon where she worked. The salon worker was partially pinned and dragged in the crash. The accident happened in the Roses Shopping Center on South Hill Street in Griffin, Georgia when the elderly driver was backing into a handicapped parking space. The injured worker was flown to Atlanta Medical Center where she was reported to be in stable condition. Because the salon employee was working at the time, workers’ compensation benefits should be available to her. Under Georgia law, workers’ compensation coverage can be used to pay for her medical expenses, as well as a percentage of her lost wages (up to a certain limit). Workers’ compensation benefits are not available for pain and suffering, however. In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, the injured salon employee can pursue benefits for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering under the elderly van driver’s liability insurance. Last, the injured employee can actually pursue her own uninsured motorist insurance in the event the van driver has no insurance or not enough insurance to pay all of the damages. This is because uninsured motorist insurance applies to any accident involving an uninsured or underinsured vehicle, regardless of whether the injured person was in a car, walking, or, as in this case, in a building.
In cases like this, it is always important to seek legal guidance from an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and pursue the maximum amount of compensation available to you under the law.