Short answer: YES!  You absolutely have rights including the right to be safe while you work and while visiting another person’s property! Doing gig work, whether for Doordash, Uber, Postmates, or whoever, shouldn’t place you in danger. If somebody attacks you while you’re trying to make your living, you not only have legal rights against not only the person who attacked you, but possibly the company you work for and the property owner. Only an experienced attorney for crime victims can help you find out what your rights are, and how to be fairly compensated.

First: Your Legal Rights After an Attack

Your safety is non-negotiable, and an attack while on the job is a blatant violation of that right. It’s not just about personal violation; it’s a legal issue, and you’re empowered to fight back. Victims of attacks while delivering have the right to seek justice and compensation for the harm they have suffered. Compensation can cover medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and potentially punitive damages designed to punish egregious behavior.

If you’re attacked while delivering food, this area of law allows you to pursue a claim against the perpetrator for the injuries and damages you’ve sustained. It’s important to document everything related to the incident, including medical records, any communication with the perpetrator, and reports filed with the police or your employer. Most importantly, get to a lawyer to make sure you aren’t accidentally giving away your rights. 

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The Attacker Isn’t the Only One Responsible.

When you’re attacked while delivering food, it’s clear that the individual who harmed you is at fault. But did you know there might be others who share in the responsibility for what happened? It’s a complex web, but understanding who else might be liable can empower you to seek the full compensation you deserve.

Employer Responsibility: Let’s start with the company you’re working for. Whether it’s Doordash, Uber Eats, or any other delivery service, these companies have a duty to ensure their workers are safe. This includes providing adequate safety training and ensuring that the app or service used for deliveries doesn’t put drivers in unnecessarily dangerous situations. If the company failed to take reasonable steps to ensure your safety, they might be partly liable for your injuries.

Property Owner Liability: Next up, property owners. Whether it’s a residential home or a business, property owners have a duty to ensure their premises are safe for visitors, including delivery drivers. This is part of premises liability law. If the attack happened because of inadequate lighting, lack of security, or any condition that the property owner should have addressed, they could be held liable.

Third-Party Contractors: In some cases, there might be third-party contractors involved, such as security firms hired to keep a property safe. If their failure to provide a safe environment contributed to the attack, they could also be held responsible.

The key takeaway? If you’re attacked while delivering food, the liability may extend far beyond the individual who attacked you. An experienced attorney in premises liability or lawyers for crime victims can help untangle the responsibilities and guide you through the process of seeking justice and compensation.

What About Workers’ Compensation For Delivery Drivers?

In the traditional job market, workers’ compensation acts as a safety net for employees who get injured while working, helping cover medical costs and lost wages. But here’s the twist: in the gig economy, drivers and delivery folks are often labeled as independent contractors, which typically means no workers’ compensation. It feels unfair, right?

But in reality that can work to your advantage. Usually, if  your injury falls under workers’ comp, you CAN NOT pursue an injury case.  But if you are a gig worker, you are almost certainly going to have the right to file an injury lawsuit. You’ll want to talk to a lawyer to know when workers’ comp applies and when it doesn’t. We can help with that.

Seeking Justice with Roadrunner Law Firm

Navigating the aftermath of an attack while delivering food can be overwhelming. At Roadrunner Law Firm, we specialize in personal injury and premises liability cases, providing expert legal counsel to guide you through the process of seeking justice and compensation. Our team is committed to advocating for the rights of gig economy workers who have been victims of violence while on the job.

If you or someone you know has been attacked while delivering, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for support. We offer free consultations to assess your case and discuss the potential legal avenues available to you. Our goal is to ensure that you are fully informed of your rights and the best strategies for pursuing the compensation you deserve.

Contact Us

For more detailed information or to schedule a consultation, please contact Roadrunner Law Firm at (505) 444-4321 or visit our website at Your safety, rights, and well-being are our priority, and we are here to support you through every step of your legal journey.