South Carolina Instacart Delivery Injury Attorneys

South Carolina Instacart Delivery Injury Attorneys

Charleston Law Firm For Injured Gig and Delivery Workers

The legal landscape for injured Instacart workers in South Carolina presents a complex and evolving terrain. As the gig economy expands, so do the legal challenges associated with workers’ rights and compensation. Since 2012, a total of 900 million orders have been completed, and Instacart shoppers have earned over $15 billion as of June 2023. 

Instacart, a popular grocery delivery platform, relies heavily on independent contractors to fulfill customer orders. This classification often raises questions about the extent of protection and benefits available to workers if they sustain serious injuries.

If you or someone you know has suffered injuries while working for Instacart, you should consult with an experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney at the Steinberg Law Firm. The attorneys on our team have a comprehensive understanding of the various statutes, regulations, and procedural factors that may impact your recovery. Contact our office at (843) 720-2800 to schedule a free initial consultation with an Instacart accident attorney on our team. 

Workers’ Compensation for Instacart Workers

In South Carolina, injured Instacart workers may pursue various remedies to address their injuries and losses. The specific remedies available can depend on factors such as a worker’s employment status, the nature of the injury, and the circumstances surrounding the incident. 

If an injured Instacart worker is classified as an employee rather than an independent contractor, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Although some states have pushed forward initiatives to provide gig workers with certain benefits without classifying them as employees, as it stands, Instacart workers are primarily categorized as independent contractors. As such, if Instacart continues to classify its workers in South Carolina as independent contractors, they may not be eligible for traditional workers’ compensation benefits through Instacart.

However, it’s important to note that worker classification is complex, and sometimes workers are misclassified. If you believe you have been misclassified as an independent contractor when you should be considered an employee, you may have legal grounds to challenge that classification and seek workers’ compensation benefits. This often requires legal assistance to navigate the process. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Steinberg Law Firm can help you determine whether or not you have benefits to claim. 

Personal Injury Claims after Instacart Injury 

Instacart workers who sustain injuries during the course of their employment may have the option to pursue a personal injury claim. The following are types of scenarios where an Instacart shopper can sustain a serious injury when they’re completing store deliveries:

Traffic Accidents

One of the most common scenarios that arise for Instacart workers is in the event of a traffic accident. If an Instacart shopper is involved in a car accident on the highway or a local road, and it occurred due to the negligence of another driver, they may have grounds for a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. This can include seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Premises Liability

Instacart shoppers frequently enter grocery and convenience stores to shop for customers. They also visit private properties, such as customers’ homes, apartments, or businesses, to complete their deliveries. If an injury occurs due to hazardous conditions in the store, such as a slip and fall accident caused by a wet floor or uneven pavement, the injured worker may have a premises liability claim against the property owner or manager. Property owners have a duty to maintain safe conditions for visitors.

Assault or Criminal Acts

If an Instacart worker is the victim of an assault, theft, or other criminal act committed by a third party while on the job, they may have grounds for a third-party negligence claim. Property owners or businesses where the incident occurred could potentially be held liable if their negligence contributed to the criminal act, such as inadequate security measures.

Dram Shop Liability

In cases where an Instacart worker is injured by an intoxicated individual, such as a drunk driver, South Carolina’s dram shop laws may come into play. These laws allow injured parties to pursue claims against establishments, such as bars or restaurants, that served alcohol to individuals who later caused harm due to their intoxication.

It’s crucial to consult with an experienced South Carolina attorney specializing in personal injury law to evaluate the circumstances of your injury thoroughly and determine the viability of a third-party negligence claim. Some workers have challenged their classification, arguing that they should be considered employees entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. 

Laws and regulations related to worker classification can vary, and court decisions and legislative changes may impact the status of workers and their eligibility for benefits. An attorney can provide tailored guidance, investigate the incident, collect evidence, and advocate on your behalf to maximize the compensation you may be entitled to under the law.

Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident as an Instacart Driver?

If you were recently injured in an Instacart car accident, the dedicated Charleston workplace injury lawyers at the Steinberg Law Firm can help you understand your rights and pursue a claim for compensation. At the Steinberg Law Firm, we have more than 95 years of experience handling all types of workers’ compensation and personal injury cases on behalf of injured workers. We take pride in connecting our clients with fair compensation for what they’ve been through, which can help them move on with their lives after an accident. Over the past decade, we’ve recovered more than $800 million on behalf of our clients. To learn more, give the Steinberg Law Firm a call at 843-720-2800. You can also reach us through our online contact form.

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