Worker’s compensation and personal injury lawsuits are two incredibly different animals. Most workers are entitled to certain benefits if they were injured at work, even if their employer wasn’t negligent in the situation. However, unlike with personal injury suits, the benefits are limited.
In a workers’ comp case, a worker is only entitled to be compensated for his or her medical bills and partially for the wages lost during recovery. There is no pain and suffering amount awarded to employees after a dangerous accident, no matter how traumatic. Workers’ comp cases can also be filed for large injuries as well as seemingly innocuous ones; for example, overexertion is often a reason to file a workers’ comp claim.
Personal injury lawsuits, on the other hand, are largely dependent on proving negligence. If a person was negligent and that negligence resulted in the injury of another individual, the injured individual can pursue a third-party personal injury lawsuit to recover damages. These lawsuits are used to compensate the individual for medical bills and lost wages, but they can also include things like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. However, workers’ are often unable to sue their employers.
If you’re unsure of whether or not to file a workers’ compensation claim, a third-party lawsuit, or both, we can help. Our skilled Taunton workers’ compensation attorneys have years of experience helping both workers and personal injury victims recover compensation for their injuries. Percy Law Group, PC can thoroughly review the details of your case and use all means at our disposal to obtain as much as possible in verdicts or settlements. Let us see what we can do for you.
Contact us at (508) 718-2545 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation today. We look forward to speaking with you.