After most workplace injury accidents, filing a workers’ compensation claim is the only route you can take for getting compensation for your injuries. But, in some cases, it’s possible to file both a personal injury claim and workers’ compensation for the same accident. Do you believe your employer acted negligently, recklessly, or with disregard for your wellbeing, causing you to become injured? Was the injury caused intentionally? In cases where an employer intentionally harms you or their negligence causes you to become harmed, you may be able to file a personal injury claim in addition to a workers’ compensation claim.
If you have been injured at work, you will need some type of compensation to ensure you can pay your medical bills while you stay home to heal. While workers’ compensation exists to provide just that, there are some cases in which injured victims are entitled to other types of compensation for what they have suffered. If you are unsure if you can file both a personal injury claim and a workers’ compensation claim, schedule a free consultation with The Accident Network Law Group as soon as you have been injured, and we’ll help you understand the best course of action to take.
How Can I Receive Compensation If I Was Wrongfully Hurt At Work?
The amount of compensation you may be eligible for from a successful workers’ compensation claim may typically depend on the severity of the job-related injuries you have sustained. For instance, if your injury keeps you from working for several months, you may receive more than a claim that keeps someone from work for a month or less.
In order to receive workers’ compensation, first, you must file a claim. This process should be executed with the guidance of a lawyer in order to ensure you apply with all the correct information and in a timely manner. To be eligible for workers’ compensation, you need to prove the injuries you sustained occurred due to your job and you must report your injuries in a timely manner, among other requirements. Your lawyer will help make sure you don’t miss a step.
Workers’ compensation will cover a majority of the expenses you suffered following your accident. Your worker’s compensation payout will provide you with money to pay your medical bills. This can include, but is not limited to, hospital bills, emergency room visits, doctor’s office visit co-pays, the cost of prescription medication, and long-term rehabilitative care when need be. Workers’ compensation will also provide damages that make up for your lost wages, as you will not be able to work while you stay home and nurse your injuries. But in cases where an injured victim experiences an especially gruesome accident at the hands of a negligent employer, workers’ compensation does little to provide compensation for the pain and suffering the accident caused. In these cases, you may benefit from filing a personal injury lawsuit as well as filing for workers’ compensation benefits.
Why Should I File A Personal Injury Claim After A Workplace Accident?
Not every workplace victim will be eligible to file a personal injury claim in addition to a workers’ compensation claim. The only way to understand the full scope of legal options you can take after a workplace accident is to contact a personal injury lawyer in California and discuss your workplace accident with them. At The Accident Network Law Group, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation to anyone in this predicament, and will work hard to help you understand all the options you have to maximize your compensation.
Negligence is the most common basis for personal injury claims. The basis for liability under negligence stems from an individual’s failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances.
In cases where a workplace accident is the result of egregious negligence on behalf of the employer, a victim may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit on top of a workers’ compensation claim. When a workplace accident causes a victim immense pain and suffering, workers’ compensation cannot provide a payout for damages of this nature. With the help of a lawyer, you may be able to file a personal injury claim in order to receive compensation for punitive damages.
Punitive damages are awarded in addition to actual damages in certain circumstances. Punitive damages are considered punishment and are typically awarded at the court’s discretion when the defendant’s behavior is found to be especially harmful. In addition to punitive damages, your lawyer will seek to recover pain and suffering damages from your personal injury claim, as depression, post-traumatic stress, and anxiety are not to be overlooked after a bad workplace injury.
Contact The Accident Network Law Group Today If You’ve Been In Injured On The Job in California
After getting hurt at work, it’s understandable that you might not know where to turn. It can be daunting to handle the workers’ compensation claim process all on your own, and it’s even worse when you feel your workers’ compensation payout doesn’t adequately provide the damages you need.
At The Accident Network Law Group, we understand that a workplace accident can leave you feeling stranded and out of work, without enough money to get by. We’re here to help. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with The Accident Network Law Group today if you have been hurt on the job in California and need compensation as fast as possible. We’ll explain your legal options and ensure you feel confident every step of the way. In the event that you are eligible to file a personal injury claim in addition to a workers’ compensation claim, we’ll assist you in doing so and will fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with The Accident Network Law Group today. Remember, you pay no legal fees unless we win your case. Call our legal team today at (951) 291-0976. We have offices in Costa Mesa and Riverside, and are here to help any California workplace accident victim in need.