Be sure to consult with a Workers’ Compensation lawyer with any questions about the Workers’ Comp process. It can be a confusing one. For instance, some are not aware that filing a Workers’ Compensation claim typically forfeits your right to file a lawsuit against your employer.
Even if the employer was negligent and it caused the employee to suffer injuries, the employee generally cannot pursue legal action against the employer. So, depending on the circumstances, it may not be in your best interest to take Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Employees usually do not have a choice when it comes to Workers’ Compensation. If injured on the job, they must file a claim and accept those benefits to cover damages related to the injury.
However, there may be exceptions in which an employee may choose to sue his or her employer. This usually pertains to cases where the employer’s actions were illegal, reckless or intentional.
This can be difficult to prove, which is why securing help from an attorney who handles these types of cases may be advantageous. Claims related to work injuries can sometimes be very complicated, and figuring out the best approach can be challenging without proper guidance.
Contact a Virginia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
The Injured Workers Law Firm offers a free book, The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia. This may help you better understand your rights as an employee, but you may still require additional guidance and legal advice.
A lawyer at the Injured Workers Law Firm can help you pursue a claim and determine your best course of action. He or she can help you determine if you would be better off pursuing a claim against the employer or accepting Workers’ Compensation benefits. For help with your case, call for a free consultation today at 877-755-7744 or 804-755-7755.