The Options For Injured Workers Beyond Workers’ Comp
The first thing an injured worker thinks of is workers’ compensation. In many situations, this is the only option; however, that is not always the case. More options may be available.
At Brown Paindiris & Scott, our attorneys have the experience to know when to take action beyond workers’ comp. This is important, because the compensation available through workers’ comp is very limited and may not cover all of your needs. If we determine that a personal injury claim can also be filed, it will open up the opportunity for you to receive compensation well beyond what the workers’ comp statutes allow.
When Is A Work Injury Claim A Personal Injury Claim?
Typically, filing a personal injury lawsuit against your employer is not permissible, unless there is evidence that the work injury was the result of an intentional act on your employer’s part. However, personal injury claims can be filed against employers other than your own.
Examples include construction site injuries caused by subcontractors employed by someone other than the victim’s employer; action can be taken against that employer. If a work injury was caused by a defective piece of equipment, action can be taken against the equipment manufacturer. Another example is cases in which someone is involved in a car accident while on work duty, such as making a delivery. Action can be taken against the negligent driver, even if the negligent driver is a co-worker.
Since 1977, we have handled work accident claims of all types, including:
- Construction mishaps
- Manufacturing accidents
- Trucking accidents
We will handle personal injury claims as well as workers’ compensation claims in these cases.
Claims Handled On A Contingency Basis
All work accident claims are handled on a contingency basis. You are not required to pay any attorney fees unless we get compensation for you.