Remedies in Addition to Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Although an injured worker is generally limited to filing a workers’ compensation claim against the employer, an injured worker may be able to recover from other negligent third parties in certain circumstances. For example, if an employee is injured at work in a car accident, there may be both a workers’ compensation claim, and a third party personal injury claim against the other driver.
An attorney experienced in handling both personal injury cases, and workers compensation claims, can help determine if a third party may be liable for your injuries. It is important to consult with an attorney who is experienced in both workers’ compensation cases, and personal injury cases, because workers’ compensation benefits pay for medical bills and some lost wages, but do not cover pain and suffering and other non-monetary damages. Therefore, it is always important to investigate whether third parties unrelated to your employer may also be held responsible.
Before you retain an attorney, make sure you read our page on Protecting Your Claim. Immediate action may be necessary on your part to prevent an accidental compromise of your claim.