If you have suffered an on-the-job injury, you may already know you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. What many injured workers do not know is that they may also be eligible to receive compensation under personal injury law. This additional source of funds can dramatically increase the total amount of compensation you receive after an accident and is a potentially valuable opportunity worth exploring.
When is a work injury a personal injury?
Personal injury law covers damages suffered as a result of negligent third parties. In the case of a work injury, a third party is anyone who is not your employer or a fellow employee. Examples of third party accidents include:
- A careless driver cutting you off in traffic while you are operating a motor vehicle for job-related purposes
- An explosion or fire caused by defective equipment
- A scaffold or trench collapse caused by the negligence of a contractor or subcontractor
If you are unsure whether an accident was caused by a third party or not, do not worry. A knowledgeable lawyer can explore these possibilities while you focus your recovery.
What are the advantages?
A personal injury lawsuit opens the door to compensation that workers’ compensation law does not provide. This includes damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of companionship. You have one chance to obtain maximum damages for your injury. It is very important to consider all sources of compensation before your case is concluded.
Choose the right attorney
In a workers’ comp case, you do not have to prove your employer was at fault. This is not the case in a personal injury claim, where you must produce evidence of negligence or wrongdoing by the at-fault party. This is why it is important to enlist the services of an experienced work injury lawyer. By working with a law firm that handles both workers’ comp and personal injury claims, you can get all of the legal help you need under one roof.
We are here for all your legal needs
Are you interested in exploring all sources of compensation for your on-the-job injury? Contact YOUR Workers’ Compensation Specialist for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can help you with your workers’ comp claim and any personal injury claims related to your work injury. Call 610-601-5399 or reach us online.