Workplace Injuries and Non-Workers Compensation Claims

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What Is a Workplace Injury?

A workplace injury or workplace accident is any injury that occurs during employment, at the usual site for work.  However, not all “on the job” injuries can be compensated for through workers compensation. This is because workers compensation requires that the injury be related to the job task or the employee’s job descriptions. Thus, the injury also needs to be “job-related” in order to be covered by workers compensation.

There are many situations where you may be able to sue outside of normal workers compensation routes. In fact, it sometimes may be necessary to file a non-workers compensation claim, especially where worker’s compensation isn’t available as an option for recovery. 

Is it Possible to Sue Without Going Through Workers Compensation Routes?

Many workers don’t pursue legal action for their injuries simply because they aren’t aware of all the options available to them.  Employees may continue to suffer through losses once they learn that workers compensation isn’t an option. However, there are many options for legal remedies outside of workers compensation.  

Some examples of non-workers compensation claims include:

What Types of Damages can be Recovered?

These non-workers compensation claims often yield greater possibilities for an injured party recovering damages for their losses. This is because in a typical workers compensation claim, disability payments are usually somewhat low. They may not cover all the expenses and losses that have to be shouldered by the injured party. 

In comparison, a successful non-workers compensation lawsuit will typically cover:

Finally, one major difference between workers compensation and a private lawsuit is the availability of punitive damages. Punitive damages aren’t available in workers compensation claims, but they are often a major aspect of a civil lawsuit. A punitive damages award can help deter the employer or third party from committing the same violations again, and they can often result in a significantly higher damages award for the plaintiff.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

If you’ve been injured at your work, but the injury isn’t job related, you may still be able to recover your losses without going through workers compensation.  In such a case, you will benefit greatly from hiring a personal injury lawyer in your area. Your attorney can assist you in filing the lawsuit, and can help identify the laws, witnesses, and evidence that will be useful for your case.

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Last Modified: 06-10-2014 11:47 AM PDT

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