Getting seriously injured while on the job can cause significant changes in you or your loved one’s life. Who will take care of the medical bills? What will happen if you continue to miss work? Who is liable for the injury? These are a few of the various questions that are probably racing through your head if you have been injured at work. If you are an employee, then you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits to pay for various expenses, such as your medical care, or your loved one’s death benefits, your payments for lost wages, and your specific loss benefits.
If you have been injured at work and the injury was the fault of somebody other than your employer, then you can bring a personal injury law suit against the responsible party. At GSGB, our personal injury lawyers have spent years working with people who have been seriously injured on the job by a third party and have the experience and knowledge to ensure all parties that are liable are brought in. For a free and confidential case evaluation with a personal injury lawyer, contact us at (215) 563-6067 today. The personal injury attorneys at GSGB proudly represent clients in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Chester County, Allentown, Lehigh County, Montgomery County, and Delaware County as well as all over New Jersey.
Because Federal and State law requires employers to carry workers compensation insurance, it bars you from suing your employer for your personal injury. The workers compensation system was established as a trade-off. If you suffer a work injury, you give up your right to sue your employer in court, and in exchange you have the right to receive workers compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault for causing your work injury. There are some exceptions, of course, but for the most part, if you suffer a work place injury, you cannot sue your employer. Rather, you have the right to receive workers compensation benefits.
Yes. When your work injury was the fault of somebody other than your employer, you have to bring both a workers compensation claim and a personal injury law suit. This is because the workers compensation insurance is the primary coverage for your medical bills. It is up to the personal injury attorney handling your case to make sure to advise you to speak with a workers compensation attorney if they have not. If you do not have a workers compensation attorney, then the personal injury lawyer must reach out to your workers compensation insurance carrier and inform them of the third party law suit.
At GSGB, our personal injury lawyers have worked with clients who have suffered serious and catastrophic injuries while working. Some of the placed a personal injury can occur while working include:
If you are eligible for workers compensation insurance, that may cover your payment for lost wages, death benefits, specific loss benefits, and medical care costs. If a third party, such as another driver on the road, or an independent contractor at a construction site, is liable for your personal injury, you may be entitled to be compensated for your pain and suffering, loss of life’s pleasures, embarrassment and humiliation and scarring and disfigurement.
Disclaimer: This website is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual care or situation. GSGB has offices in Philadelphia, Wayne and Voorhees and serves clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.