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After getting hurt in a workplace accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and suffering through the workers’ compensation system, a personal injury lawsuit, or both. It depends on how the accident happened, and who was at fault for the accident.

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After getting hurt in a work accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and suffering through the workers’ compensation system, a personal injury lawsuit, or both. After your work injury, you should immediately seek medical care, report the injury in writing to your supervisor, and call PARRIS work accident lawyers for your FREE case consultation.

WHAT IS WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE?

The workers’ compensation system applies when an employee is injured at work by the negligence or actions of their direct employer.  In California, every employer is legally required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. A workers’ compensation claim removes the question of who was at fault for the work injury; workers’ compensation insurance doesn’t require the employee to prove that the employer caused the injury to receive workers’ comp benefits. The injury must simply have occurred on the job, while the employee was carrying out their employment duties. Notably, workers’ compensation insurance does not apply when another company or third party causes work injuries. 

However, there are limits to workers’ compensation.  For example, workers’ compensation does not apply to many types of workplace assault or harassment. The basic purpose of workers’ compensation is to provide an employee and their employer with a certain level of protection should an employee be injured on the job. It provides compensation to an injured employee without requiring them to pursue legal action against their employer, but also establishes a limit on the amount of money the employee can receive for their injuries, which protects the employer. 

California Workers' Compensation Isn't Always Enough

Unfortunately, workers’ compensation is oftentimes not enough to cover the damages a worker suffers. Benefits under a workers’ compensation claim are generally limited to medical expenses, disability compensation, and a percentage of lost wages. This often results in compensation that falls short of what injured workers were earning immediately prior to their work accident. Workers’ compensation insurance also does not compensate for an employee’s pain and suffering.

Additionally, workers’ compensation does not allow for the provision of punitive damages against the employer. Punitive damages are awarded to personal injury victims in addition to regular compensation; they are meant to punish defendants or employers for harmful behavior (such as exposing the employee to dangerous conditions).

In a personal injury case, however, an injured worker can recover medical bills, lost wages, future lost wages, pain and suffering, punitive damages, and more. Work injury verdicts and settlements are often much more substantial than workers’ compensation claims, allowing victims of workplace accidents to get their lives back.

BEFORE YOU FILE—CONTACT PARRIS Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Before you speak a word to an insurance representative or sign a single document, it is absolutely crucial to contact experienced workers’ compensation lawyers after a workplace accident to determine whether your work injury case is a personal injury lawsuit, a workers’ compensation case, or both.  It is best to discuss your potential claim with an experienced lawyer before filing any workers’ compensation claims.

PARRIS work injury lawyers can advise you whether you have a potential personal injury claim that will also allow you to recover pain and suffering, or whether you may be eligible for both a personal injury claim and a workers’ compensation claim. Even better, PARRIS Law Firm always offers FREE work injury case consultations and accepts all work injury cases on a contingency basis, which means that you pay no fees until we win your case.

Don’t wait. Contact PARRIS today.

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