Injured workers often seek the advice of coworkers, friends, family and even managers when they are injured on the job. This leads to discussions about workers’ compensation benefits and, in some cases, workers are dissuaded from filing a compensation claim due to promises that their employer will take care of everything for them.
This is wrong, and these workers are overlooking an important source of financial resources after an injury: personal injury compensation.
Workers’ compensation can provide you with benefits such as lost wages and medical treatment, but not all workers qualify for the benefits.
When a worker is harmed as a result of negligence, he or she can collect compensation via settlement or verdict in a personal injury action. This includes compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost earnings, rehabilitation costs, in-home care and other damages associated with the injury.
In some cases, a worker who qualifies for workers’ compensation benefits can also collect compensation through a personal injury claim against a negligent third party.
The bottom line: If you were hurt due to negligence, you can collect the resources you need regardless of whether you qualify for workers’ compensation.
Our lawyers at Block O’Toole & Murphy can answer any questions you have about a potential personal injury claim. Contact us anytime for a free consultation.