Can I Sue for a Work-Related Injury?
When you suffer an injury on the job, things can get complicated, fast. And although workers compensation might defray some of the costs of missing work and paying for medical care, it doesn’t necessarily do enough.
Although you may not be able to sue your employer after a work injury, if other third parties were responsible for your accident or certain other factors were at play, a work injury lawyer can help you file a personal injury claim.
Suing for a Work Injury: Is It Possible?
Because accidents are prevalent in many industries, workers compensation generally allows injured workers the opportunity to file a claim to receive salary and medical benefits for their injuries. One of the main benefits of this system is that it’s not necessary to prove that negligence was involved in order to collect compensation.
Despite this, there are some negatives. Workers compensation doesn’t allow workers to claim emotional damages, such as pain and suffering, as part of their benefits. Also, the workers compensation system also generally insulates employers from lawsuits from their own employees.
This means that as long as your place of work offers workers compensation, they usually can’t be found liable for your damages in a lawsuit.
However, that doesn’t mean other at-fault parties cannot. For example, if a third-party contractor was responsible for causing your accident, they could be liable to pay you financial compensation. The same goes for parts manufacturers and others that may have contributed to your accident.
Getting to the bottom of work-injury liability is complicated—which is why it can be beneficial to consult an attorney who can help you identify and serve all responsible with a lawsuit after your work accident.
Contact a Work Injury Lawyer
Have you been injured at work? Is workers compensation not enough to cover the real impact of all of your injuries? A work injury lawyer from Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers can review your case for free.
Call 225-387-2323 or fill out the form below to get set up with a free consultation.