Injured During Work?

Workers’ compensation laws serve as a safeguard for individuals who sustain injuries or disabilities while performing their job duties. These laws offer injured workers predetermined financial compensation, aiming to reduce the necessity for legal proceedings. 

Furthermore, these laws extend benefits to dependents of workers who tragically lose their lives due to work-related accidents or illnesses. In addition, certain laws establish safeguards for employers and co-workers by imposing limits on the amount an injured employee can claim from an employer and by exempting co-workers from liability in most accident cases.

Fault Determination

Workers’ compensation provides benefits without the need to establish fault. Regardless of negligence on the part of the injured worker, they are still entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. The purpose of workers’ compensation is to protect workers who sustain injuries in any circumstance, recognizing that the injury could have been prevented if they were not performing their job duties.

In contrast, personal injury cases require the presence of liability or fault to initiate a lawsuit. In many instances, this involves demonstrating negligence. For instance, to seek damages for slipping on someone’s property, it is necessary to prove that the property owner failed to maintain a safe environment.

Areas of Limitation
If you file a workers’ compensation claim, the benefits you receive typically do not include compensation for pain and suffering. Instead, you can expect to receive weekly payments, permanent impairment benefits, coverage for medical bills, and vocational rehabilitation services. Workers’ compensation focuses on providing necessary support for lost wages and medical expenses.
Understanding Compensation

Workers’ compensation generally precludes the option to file a lawsuit against an employer. However, there are certain circumstances where you may have grounds to pursue legal action for damages resulting from injuries:

  1. Defective Product: If your injury was caused by a defective product, you may be able to initiate a products liability action against the manufacturer of the product.
  2. Toxic Substance: If your injury resulted from exposure to a toxic substance, you might have the ability to bring a toxic tort lawsuit against the manufacturer of that substance.
  3. Employer’s Intentional Conduct: If your injury was a result of your employer’s intentional actions, you may have the opportunity to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer.
  4. Absence of Workers’ Compensation Insurance: If your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, you might be able to sue them in civil court or seek compensation from a state fund.