Getting injured at work raises many questions for an employee. You may wonder if filing for Workers’ Compensation is your only option, or if a personal injury claim might be possible. Deciding which to pursue can best be answered by a Richmond Workers’ Compensation lawyer.
First it’s important to understand what Workers’ Compensation is. When you sign on to work for an employer that provides Workers’ Compensation, you’re essentially agreeing to not sue the employer for any accidents you may have while on the clock for them, regardless of who was at fault. So, there are times when you can file a personal injury claim but not for Worker’s Compensation.
There are other times, however, when you may have grounds to file both a personal injury claim in addition to filing for Workers’ Compensation. That means that two different cases may be appropriate for the same accident.
While you can’t sue your employer, you may be able to sue another party who caused or contributed to your accident. For example, it may be possible to sue the manufacturer of a piece of equipment that failed and caused your fall.
Workers’ Compensation differs a great deal from personal injury claims. It’s wise to speak with professionals with experience in the area of law you need if you suffered a serious injury on the job. The Injured Workers Law Firm will be able to advise you on your best course of action. Call today for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you. You can even read our eBook for free first, The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia.