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Workers’ Compensation LAWSUITS

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.

Workers' Compensation

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. After your work injury, you should immediately seek medical care, report the injury in writing to your supervisor, and call PARRIS lawyers for your free injury case consultation.

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

The workers’ compensation system applies when a worker is injured by the negligence or actions of their direct employer.  Workers’ compensation does not apply to companies other than an employer that may have caused, or contributed to, the injuries.  There are also 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, as well as his or her 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. 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 injury since it isn’t required for the employee to prove that the employer caused the injury in order to receive the workers’ comp benefits. The injury must simply have occurred on the job, while the employee was carrying out their employment duties.

THE LIMITATIONS OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Unfortunately, workers’ compensation is oftentimes not enough to cover the damages a worker suffers. Benefits 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, and the injured worker is not compensated for pain and suffering, unlike in a personal injury case.

Additionally, workers’ compensation does not allow for the provision of punitive damages against the employer, which are damages above regular compensation that can be awarded in a personal injury lawsuit. Punitive damages are meant to punish defendants or employers for harmful behavior such as exposing employees to dangerous conditions or choosing not to keep employees safe.

CONTACT PARRIS WORK INJURY LAWYERS 

It is important to contact experienced work injury lawyers 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 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. 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.

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